In this episode of the increasingly-accurately-named video blog, I rant a little bit about snark on the internet. Of course it’s painful, but it also damages those who deal it in some important ways.
Two ideas that didn’t fit into the video:
1. If you’re going to publicly rip on someone online, I guarantee you, they will see it. Nothing is hidden on the internet, and anyone who has a website has easy ways of seeing what’s being said about them.
(If you want to know more about what people are saying about you online, read this.)
2. I’m not saying that nobody should ever say anything negative. That’s unrealistic. Here’s what I am saying: if you have something to say about another human being that you wouldn’t say to his or her face, the public forum is no place to do it.
At the very least, use email and direct messaging, and keep those conversations private.
…Or maybe, the next time you feel compelled to be mean to someone publicly, try using that energy to go start a project of your own.
Whew! I have to go lie down now…