Just a year back I deleted my Facebook account, due to immense cyber bullying and negative comments for no reason at all. Social media, no doubt is the best way of communication, and in a globally civilized world communication is the key to success and prosperity. But sometimes too much communication can prove dangerous. Everyone has the right to freedom of speech and expressing opinions, but opinions without lack of research cause conflicts.
Once I was admin of one of the engineering groups of my University. I posted an article about Ethernet cables, since I studied it in class. One of the members commented harshly saying that I should post about recent technology and not about obsolete things. I felt really bad. After feeling miserable for an entire day, I went on searching the group for posts of that person. No posts found, only offensive comments on posts of others mostly women, by that person. If that person was so concerned about others getting better information he should post something himself. Afterwards, I even received a friend request from that person, which I didn’t respond to. There are many other stories as well when I got trolled.
We all troll at some point, whether intentionally or unintentionally. What is trolling by the way? Is it a form of bullying?
A troll and his motives:
If you ask your 5-year-old kid he/she will answer by saying, “A troll is supernatural being, green, living in caves or mountains.
The word internet troll, can also be explained by the definition that a 5-year-old gave. The supernatural creäture troll, lives in a small social circle and so does the internet troll, who constantly seeks attention of others. May be because he/she wants to widen their social circle. Some want to defame others, and internet has given the power of being anonymous. While others troll for fun and have no motives at all. It’s not necessary that a troll lives a low life, the troll may already be rich and a powerful person, with many followers. You can never predict the psychology of trolls and their motives.
In Internet slang, a troll is a person who sows discord on the Internet by starting arguments or upsetting people, by posting inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community (such as a newsgroup, forum, chat room, or blog) with the deliberate intent of provoking readers into an emotional response or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion, often for their own amusement. _Wiki
A really good guide on identifying internet troll by calblogger.
Types of trolls:
The 7 worst types of internet trolls:
Don’t feed the trolls:
If you’ve trolled, stop! There is a difference in having fun and making fun. There are many ways to have fun on internet and trolling, isn’t one of them.
After internet comes messaging. If they can’t find you internet they will hunt your cell phone. Trolls never stop.
A really good guide by G+ to help you deal with trolls: How to deal with trolls