I apologize for the ranting in this post, but I’m frustrated with the blatant inconsideration of people’s feelings on social media.
Have you ever had someone correct you in public or make a comment that has no point, except to anger you? On social networks, this type of activity is called trolling.
In most cases, people know what they are doing and are intentional. Sometimes people are unaware of their actions and just trying to help. Last year I wrote a post about social media etiquette, but felt that the issue need attention again.
This past week I noticed on two separate occasions, individuals on Twitter “helping” people by telling them of a misspelling in a recent tweet. Telling people of their flaws in public is detrimental to your own reputation and may depict you as a “know-it-all.” The activity, whether intentional or not, is “troll-like” and should be avoided at a costs.
I don’t understand while people feel a need to point our the mistakes of others in public. It isn’t good idea in real life, so why would it be on social media?
If you honestly want to help people out, either send them a direct message, private message or e-mail. Keep the constructive criticism in a private conversation.
Before you send the “helpful” message pointing out to the world how stupid someone appears, think if you would like it done to you?