Apr 24 2008

Making Enemies on Social Media

I find it pretty silly to make enemies or rivals on the internet. I can understand competition respectively, but arguing, fighting and sabotage online? Sounds pretty ridiculous to me.

I’ve Successfully Made Enemies

Enemies, Ya Just Gotta Love Them!I found an interesting social media website not too long ago and posted about it. It was called Cybercreeps (it’s no longer in service). It was a place where you could post “creeps” that you found online. I decided to submit my own that left nasty hostile and rude comments on my articles etc.

Not really knowing that they’d actually find this, they began to further attack me. I ended up being the biggest creep on the website with 30+ votes.

Even though I don’t agree I could understand where they were coming from. I was the one labelled a spammer.

Do Bloggers Spam Social Media?

Step outside the box and think about it. By submitting your own content to sites like digg and stumbleupon, are you spamming? In the eyes of people who aren’t webmasters or bloggers, maybe.

I try to only submit content that I think is QUALITY as well as interesting. Articles that I’ve submitted myself have sometime done the best. However, that may not matter to them.

My “enemies” have, in a way, taught me something. Besides not to really try to fight, what I call spammers, just try to cope. Spammers in the eyes of bloggers are very well organized. They have “fought” me pretty good. They have really taught me to watch what you say, pick your words very carefully, and it’s okay to ignore certain comments. You don’t have to address everything. It’s okay to leave it alone.

Results From My Battle

Along with submitting these stumbleupon users to cybercreeps, I also gave them thumbs down. In turn they gave me thumbs down, as well as their ‘friends’ and associates. Now 4 of the latest reviews of me are all negative.

Along with that, my stumbles aren’t as powerful as they once were. With the negative votes that has to have something to do with it. Stumbling my own blog, blogaboutyourblog.com, gives 0 visitors. Not 1 or 2 or 3, a big fat 0.

Along with that several of the posts I’ve submitted to stumble have been moved to weird categories. One post has been moved to HIV.

Have you made any social media enemies?


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  1. 5 Ways to Make "Enemies" Online | Blog About Your Blog wrote:

    [...] writing Making Enemies on Social Media I knew it needed a follow-up. I’ve gotten caught up in “online drama” which has [...]

    May 5th, 2008 at 11:43 am
  1. Lisa said:

    Since one of my posts got labeled porn, I don’t get very much traffic from stumble on that blog anymore. Of course, it wasn’t porn.

    April 24th, 2008 at 12:07 pm
  2. Matthew Henrickson said:

    oh man! Yeah I’ve had that happen to one of my posts here as well..

    April 24th, 2008 at 12:10 pm
  3. Jim said:

    That’s pretty funny, not going to lie. I never knew that making enemies online could be reflected in something as drastic as that!

    April 24th, 2008 at 12:16 pm
  4. People in the Sun said:

    I find it mostly on Reddit. Some people there are insane. They find out you submitted your own stuff and they treat you like you committed Reddit genocide. I know they just go line by line on new submissions and press the arrow-down button.

    April 24th, 2008 at 1:39 pm
  5. Liza S. said:

    I can’t say I’ve made any enemies yet, but I’ll definitely have to watch out! I was on the verge of a pretty nasty argument once before.

    April 26th, 2008 at 5:06 am
  6. Ramona Iftode said:

    I used to be short-tempered some years ago, but 6 years and running 15 forums taught me to be quiet and just mind my own business. Anything negative will bring in more negative stuff and instead of trying to right the wrong and prove others they are wrong, I just go on my way and work on my sites. I got attacked out of the blue and this still happens. I just count to ten and then try to ignore. Any attack that doesn’t get a response will “die” out, any reply from my site would make it a war. Some battles are not worth winning ;)

    April 28th, 2008 at 12:13 am
  7. Matthew Henrickson said:

    Great comment Ramona, you are definitely right.

    April 28th, 2008 at 11:08 am
  8. Tad Chef said:

    Submitting your own blog posts does not work anyways after 3 or more times at SU. You shouldn’t submit your own stuff on SU btw. at all. SU is social discovery, not self “discovery”. I get submitted by other stumblers and it works fine.
    Btw. it does not make sense to argue with these negative people. they are frustrated. They seek to find scape goats. They don’t want to argue, they just want to hate. In Germany we don’t argue with Nazis either, we shun them. Acknowledge them and give them a voice and they turn even more people to Nazis.

    April 29th, 2008 at 3:11 am
  9. Kara said:

    Hey There. I actually created cybercreeps.com. When I first created it I was just thinking about how I could make money of course. I didn’t think about the backlash from the creeps themselves.

    Until I put up CyberCreeps I didn’t even know that people like this existed, and it’s absolutely crazy. I’m sorry that using the site brought you enemies, it brought me A LOT of enemies and I had to take the site down.

    I’m actually looking for something to do with the domain, any suggestions?

    April 29th, 2008 at 9:32 am
  10. supermom_in_ny said:

    Wow.

    I had a run in with some girls that had some very negative things to say about my daughter… They brought the battle to my blog. It all started because I had pictures of my daughter with the very famous Nick Jonas from The Jonas Brothers on my site. They were jealous and it got really ugly.

    I’m curious about the SU traffic. I used to get a lot of traffic. I’ve submitted a few of my posts on a few of my many blogs. The last time I did it, I didn’t get any traffic? I’m going to stumble this post. Could you let me if you got any traffic from it. I’m wondering what’s going on….

    Thanks.

    May 1st, 2008 at 6:53 pm

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