I’m fairly new to Twitter – I started out just using it to promote my blog posts, but as far as looking at what’s out there, I’ve only really paid attention to it for the last half-year.
It’s fascinating. The number of things you can learn about what’s happening around the world in those 140-character snippets is truly worthwhile. True, most of the time it’s not REALLY the 140 characters that count – that’s the teaser for the information that matters. The tweets themselves are a touch-point, like newspaper headlines.
It’s also infuriating – I’ve learned that it’s very useful for what’s going on from original postings, but there’s no point looking at the comments, which seem to be – by and large – TROLLING. Generally inane and irrelevant put-downs and insults lobbed against the poster, rarely with any productive purpose. To badly use Shakespeare, a troll is
“a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more: it is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
What is it about some people – that they have so much time on their hands, and rather than do something meaningful, they would rather just do something mean? This isn’t Twitter’s fault – Twitter is a tool, and you get out of it what you put into it. When we look at what happened in Las Vegas, the problem wasn’t that there were guns – it was how their owner chose to use them, and trolls look to be the same sort of people, so absorbed in themselves and their need to be noticed, that they will use anything to get attention, no matter how many people they hurt, or how much damage they cause.
At least with Twitter you can choose to ignore the comments. It must be grating to the troll when we just cross over the bridge to the next place, and act like they’re not under there sulking.
Worth the journey.
This year’s remaining releases:
October 20th: “Stalking Rebecca” – Vampires are always good for Halloween.
November 17th: “Imperial Purrogative” (Herc Tom, Champion of the Empire #5.)
December 15th: “Sleep with the Snowmen” – because he knows when you’ve been bad or good, so…
William Mangieri’s writing – including his most recent collection Just Some More, And Yet Still Even More Things I Could Get Out of My Mind – can be found in many places, including:
• Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/NoTimeToThink
• His Amazon Author page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B008O8CBDY
• Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/william-mangieri?store=book&keyword=william+mangieri
• Createspace (if you prefer physical books): https://www.createspace.com/pub/simplesitesearch.search.do?sitesearch_query=william+mangieri&sitesearch_type=STORE
To CONNECT WITH HIM (and LIKE and FOLLOW), go to
• His site on WordPress: https://williammangieri.wordpress.com
• “William Mangieri’s Writing Page” on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/NoTimeToThink
• His Goodreads author page: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6893616.William_Mangieri
• Or on twitter: @WilliaMangieri