Despite me having been a Blogger for five years now, there’s just one element of the whole field that I just do not get; social media.
The politics of social media; now, here is what I just cannot understand. And that’s the funny thing, being a Blogger! But communication is the problem, and being #ActuallyAutistic makes that really difficult at times. So, as a way of explaining this, I’ll set out my problems with this one by one:
The actual tweets.
These are incredibly hard to ‘read’; is the person being abusive, will they misinterpret what you say? Or: is it okay to tag bloggers in what you tweet? Twitter makes my head whirl at the best of times. Can’t we just be nice to people?!
Although I do detest behaviour where people have to take thousands of shots, and they become this sort of art form, I don’t get why they are so hated. As long as you’re decently clothed, and aren’t hurting anyone, why not upload?
I like them, really I do; they’re also a lot more fun than Snapchat. (Sorry.) But when are we allowed to reply to them, you know, without apparently being intrusive? And why is it seen as permissible to message me about doing a ‘shoutout’, when I don’t even follow your blog, or account? Hmmm..
Why bother saying something hurtful? (There are better ways to make yourself feel better.) Being told to “Fuck right off” for referring to two women as “Girls” instead of “Women” was a definite ‘highlight’-although they hadn’t taken offence, but the angry tweeter had. And that I was a “bad female” for assuming my son would be a bully in a creative piece..when I don’t even have a son (!) was another.
The Facebook layout.
I just don’t get it. Really.
Because did we not get past this whilst in Primary school?! I’m sick of seeing targeted harassment, or active social media channels from hate groups. Bullying is not acceptable to me, and I would love social media to one day be a place without repercussions like this.
*Sighs* Why out someone for allegedly buying Instagram followers, when they didn’t? That means the Blogger will loose business! And it’s not really your place to; they’ll be found out by brands & PR’s who wish to work with them regardless. And please resolve petty disputes privately; I can’t bare seeing ‘virtual catfights.’ If I follow anyone involved, they’ll be blocked, unfollowed, and reported.
I just do not get it. Like Facebook.
How to use these without messing up? I like the idea for organising outings, or talking to a group at once, but I’m really bored of pettiness getting in the way. Pods I quite like, although I find them hard to eep up with, but with people in general, I really dislike group chats when not used for the designated subject.
Why wilfully misinterpret something that someone has put out there, just to suit your own gain? Just to act like a victim?! Come on.
I get so much spam. And it drives me mad.
We all know that one person; continually, they’ll just send you the one word: “Hi”. They wish to tag to you, but haven’t got a subject in mind. And they keep on doing it. And they sometimes do it to be annoying.
I love my blog, but I’m tired of social media; I’d love the day it comes to be used usefully, rather than all of what has been described above. Please tweet me, or leave a comment, as to how to use these platforms; I need some help!