Social Subterfuge: A Deceitful Use of Social Media
I was reminded today of a childhood memory about the girly boy who sucker punched me from behind and then ran away. What made me think of that was while doing a little ego-searching on Google I inadvertently discovered a snide comment that someone had made about me behind my back.
(Like all bullies the cowardly lion’s bark is worse than his bite.)
How Girly Boys Abuse Social Media:
I say “behind my back” because he blocked me on Google Plus and then publicly attacked me there thinking that I wouldn’t find out about it. He knows that I can’t respond even if I wanted to.
How convenient. But what he didn’t count on was Google indexing his comment in the search engine results pages.
His comments were personal and below the belt trying to justify his approval for Google Plus kicking me off the network. (I’m betting he’s the troll who got me kicked off in the first place.)
But I guess I got the last laugh because I was gratified to read other commenters who didn’t appreciate his nasty remarks and shot him down.
Talk about shooting yourself in the foot. Or should I say his big mouth.
This person is bitter because I gave him some constructive criticism (in private and on his insistence) that he obviously didn’t like. He was angry and despite apologizing to him and clarifying that it wasn’t personal, he decided to get even by dissing me in public and covering his tracks.
Or at least he tried to cover it up.
How immature can you be. It’s deceitful (to say the least) to try to promote yourself at the expense of an established blogger’s hard-earned reputation, especially if the victim is blindsided by the attack, have their hands tied and can’t defend themself as it was in my case.
What’s even crazier is this person promotes himself as some sort of guru who is expert in all things social including (but not limited) how to deal with “trolls”. Yet he is a troll himself.
What a hypocrite.
This person grossly misrepresented his qualifications and reputation, and even had me fooled for awhile. Adding insult to injury I had even helped him and that’s the thanks I get.
This isn’t the first time that I’ve been stabbed in the back, but it still hurts just the same.
Now I will think twice before I help anyone again.
So is that what Social Media has become? Using Social Networks to BS your qualifications, say hurtful things behind your competition’s back to get ahead, and then try to hide it.
Takes all kinds.
Like I always said, anyone has the right to disagree with me. But at least be man enough to confront me face to face (so to speak) and I’ll be more than happy to oblige.
I won’t lower myself to his level or call him out .. at least for now, unless of course he escalates. He knows who he is and I will be watching .. and waiting.
What do you think:
- Can you relate?
- Is that a good use for Social Media?
- Have you been trolled by a girly boy (or cowardly lion)?
- Do you have any stories that you can share with us?
I’m all ears.