- Maybe it’s Facebook, and someone that’s complaining on one of your posts.
- Perhaps it’s Google+, and someone getting a bit edgy about something you put in a community;
- It could be that some bozo is tweeting you over and over about something you said or sent out.
These are all things that could cause you to go off the rails a bit. Typically that involves you wasting a lot of time with a back-and-forth tirade on why you’re right and they’re wrong. This sometimes makes you feel good, like you’re winning, but the truth is that you’re just looking stupid. Wouldn’t it be better to just neutralize that person?
Here’s a post I put up in a Facebook group last night that shows what I’m talking about:
Wow, does this ever happen to you? It happens to me quite frequently, and for the following reasons:
- I write;
- I speak my mind;
- I share my thoughts;
- I’m controversial;
- I step on toes.
Those are all reasons why I get some grief over some of my posts. Of course, that post has received more than 100 views since I put it up about 15 hours ago (pretty good for overnight on a topic that only interests a small niche group…most of whom were sleeping over those hours). Still, it’s not good enough for Bill.
You see, Bill wants to fight. Oh, maybe he just wants to be an asshole, but typically when someone wants to be an asshole they also want to fight. The best thing you can do to win that fight is to end it before it starts, and the easiest way to do that is to give Bill a Like.
Yep, I liked his comment, one of the four people to have done so. Everyone who looks at that post can hover over those likes and see who liked it. They’ll see that I liked it. They’ll see that Bill isn’t bothering me.
Oftentimes this comes about because of envy. We’re envious of those that can do what we can’t, and that includes putting up cool posts on social media.
Why couldn’t I do that, why couldn’t I rub two sticks together and come up with an idea like that?
These are questions that the Bills of the world ask themselves, although they’d never admit it. It’s much easier to complain and say, ‘no one wants this.’
Most people on the internet that complain about the posts of others know everything. You just can’t win in an argument against that type of mentality, at least if you’re entering into the conversation.
Don’t – tell them ‘fuck you’ instead…give them a Like, +1 or Favorite.