I spent a long time this past weekend talking with a friend about internet hate. She was recently featured on a style video featuring fall trends, had received some mean spirited feedback on YouTube (and a few positive comments) and was taken aback. Not hey, I don't agree with you comments but ones directed at her look and style. (As a strong woman, she's brushed off this nonsense and decided to not read comments but nonetheless it bothered ME which is why I wanted to start a conversation with you all.)
As bloggers, I think some of us fear those anonymous comments with unnecessary negative feedback. (I personally have blocked comments from anonymous users...I'll say it I'm scurred of those grouches out there.) I'm not talking about a difference in opinion. I'm not talking about about constructive criticism. I'm talking about straight up mean. I'm all for examining myself and recognizing I may not be right.
What I really found interesting is how different social media sites stir different vibes and environments. Why is that on Facebook when most of us have a "username" that is our real name, we are less likely to make an attacking statement to another we are friends with? Why is it that on blogger or youtube where we can hide behind a "username"(that doesn't give our identity) we will say more hurtful statements? I feel that Twitter is a more business oriented networking site and MOST (not all) users use it as a tool to connect and inspire others with similar interests. I frequent YouTube but tend to not leave comments on videos as the interaction level seems pretty immature.
I'm interested in what YOU think about this.
What sites house more hateful anonymity?