Is someone bullying or harassing you on twitter? I was talking with someone and she mentioned about people who were rude to her on twitter and she wanted to de-activate her twitter account because she got really hurt by the remark. I told her that she shouldn’t quit twitter just because of a little bully who had too much time on his or her hands. We shouldn’t let people like this to influence us.
So what do you to with twitter bullies?
1. Ignore Them
If someone is trying to bully you by sending you hurtful tweets, one way is to ignore them and continue to tweet with other friends. You can log off twitter or do other stuff first then continue to tweet. When you ignore these people, they will not continue to send you all those tweets. If they continue, move to method 2.
2. Block Them
Just block them, they can’t do anything to you when you block them. Blocking prevents the user from following you or replying to you. Isn’t that fun? I block some people who were rude to me and others. Usually I’ll just ignore them because I know they won’t be on twitter for long, but when it gets too annoying or too personal I’ll just block them. Funny thing is I’m not even following most of them.
3. Set Your Account To Be Protected
This helps a lot. If you want privacy you can set your account to be protected so that the public can’t view your tweets unless they follow you and you allow them to see your tweets. By protecting your twitter account, you get to choose who is able to view your tweets. Keeping bullies away.
4. Report to @twitter
Twitter takes this very seriously as well. They have a harassment and violent policy page. You can report to twitter when those bullies have gone too far.
Do check out twitter policy for more information on what to do.
Do you have any experience with cyber bullies? If you did, what did you do?