I had a rather unpleasant twitter experience last night. I received a series of unpleasant tweets from an account that seem to have been set up explicitly for the purpose of sending those unpleasant tweets. The account has now vanished, but I still have the information thanks to twitterfox.
Not even going in to the blatant copyright abuse of the JISC logo and name, I think this type of behaviour is to be condemned. This was clearly somebody using a system with the intention of causing hurt. What upsets me the most is that this might of been, probably was given the focus of the attack, someone I know.
What is really annoying is that I work really hard to be careful with my tweets. I don’t swear, I don’t insult people. I may occasionally rant about things I don’t like, but nothing I wouldn’t say in any other medium. I also make no claims that my account is anything to do with my work – yes I may talk about work, but if I also want to talk about tea, cake, or indeed my son’s fascination with Ben 10 I most certainly will. That’s not inane, that’s real life.
Bullying is not condoned in schools, it is not condoned in the workplace and should certainly not be condoned in cyberspace. I don’t want to have to protect my tweets as I believe information should be freely and openly shared. Unfortunately, it will be misuse and abusive users like this and ruin the freedom of collaborative environments for everyone.
Whoever you are, I hope you are thoroughly ashamed of yourself.