For something that has been lauded by it’s users as the medium that reaches all corners of the globe, Twitter, has proved a disappointment.
It was only after I had been away from it for a while, that I saw with any clarity, it was/is as strangulated, insular and riddled with controlled information and shill activity, as was Facebook or any number of ‘Truther’ Forums and blogs.
It is an absolute paradise for online trolls, bullies, liars and spreaders of disinformation, so therefore it’s usually the first point of call for those who are employed to disrupt and interfere with the truth being told.
From what was initially a brilliant concept, Twitter has become a medium almost entirely run by the trolls, who consider it their personal platform to spout their rubbish, effectively polluting any subject, while remaining safe in the knowledge that it is laughably simple to remove anyone who has a different viewpoint to them.
I have my own experience of this, as a group of trolls, probably amounting to less than six in number, have, (although they do precious little else), managed to file more than two hundred separate reports against me, as I did not conform to the agenda and tactics they were using to permeate everything else.
Others have also been removed in a similar manner, which is usually achieved by bogus accounts being utilised to repeatedly ‘block and report’ any Twitter user they feel is a direct threat to them.
Standing back, it’s surprisingly easy to see the methods employed, and the way that certain subjects are pushed by a small, obsessive group to bring attention to any matter they deem to be of importance.
Fortunately, very little of what is ‘Trending’ on there, actually escapes the very limited confines of the Twittersphere.
The picture above for example, only came to my attention as it has crossed over onto other social mediums and further afield.
#starwarsday, has been ‘Trending’ today, due to the numbers of associated references, and elevated to it’s lofty position in Twitterland by people attaching the #hashtag to every Tweet.
A Twitter trend, although this will not be a popular view, is not a true reflection of popular opinion, as if a celebrity so much as breaks wind, any actual newsworthy or important events, are rapidly relegated to the doldrums and soon forgotten.
That can be achieved quite easily, and also shows that Twitter is not a true reflection of the real world, as must be obvious to all by now.
Two recent examples have been #leonbrittan and #paedobritain, both of which took centre stage stage in the Twittersphere, but again were virtually unknown to anyone outside the confines of that medium.
Many subjects being discussed on Twitter, are to the rest of the world, very similar to ‘Shouting in an empty room’ and a soundproofed one at that.