The Noisy Channel


Got Hate Tweets?

May 5th, 2009 · 3 Comments · Uncategorized

I had the novel experience today of discovering that someone set up a Twitter account for the sole purpose of harassing me personally. I’m not sure what exactly I did to deserve this honor, but I’m amused by the personal attention, since I’m hardly a Twitter celebrity. Perhaps it’s someone I know, conducting a social experiment to see how I’ll react. Ah, the wonder of online anonymity.

3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Daniel Tunkelang // May 5, 2009 at 10:55 pm

    And now there’s a Twitter account created just to offer me a compliment. I’m happy to be catalyzing the rapid growth of Twitter’s user base.

  • 2 Jason Adams // May 5, 2009 at 11:05 pm

    I think the @cyc_ai bot may have become self-aware and went rogue.

    On the up side though, for every one of those jackasses, you have hundreds of people who feel quite the opposite.

  • 3 Daniel Tunkelang // May 5, 2009 at 11:16 pm

    Yeah, it will take a lot more than that to turn me off of Twitter. I’m just curious how common an occurrence this is. In this case, it’s pretty clear that this is a real person, not a bot. Beyond that, it’s a mystery. I suppose I should take harassment more seriously, but this seems harmless, and I’m more amused / intrigued.

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