Jan 9, 2014

To Block or Not to Block
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Social networks can be a nasty place for trolls, spammers, and wingnuts. Some of them are in your feed. At what point do you decide to block them? When you block them, should you report them?

We’re not talking about the controversial posts that garner heady conversation, where differing points of view challenge one another. But there are times that is where these hater trolls reveal themselves. When the feed gets nasty, the host profile must step in and chill things out or delete the offensive comment.

When the offender persists on assaulting numerous feeds, then you need to determine: do you really want this guy in your network? Does he really add value? Is he really a friend? Or is he just a whiner looking for attention?

You can block someone from your feeds in most of the major networks. The option may say “block and report” but when you click that, it is more than a single step. So if the offender is someone you really don’t hate, you just don’t want to see his drama, then you can just block him, without reporting him and risking his account be taken away.

If a person’s posts are depressing and their bipolar behavior is eating up your news feed, you can hide the post from your feed. Just recently I made a decision to unfriend one of these offenders. I didn’t want to, but I tried hiding the individual entries of his “nobody loves me and it’s everyone else’s fault” posts. There were just too many of them, days in a row. It wasn’t just two or three. It was ten to fifteen. The more I hid them, the more the next ones showed up. I didn’t want that toxin in my feed. The only other option that network provided was to unfriend. So I did.

None of us are perfect and there are times I start penning a response to a post, then think twice. Sometimes I’ve already publicized that comment, then I go back and delete it. I try to check myself when I post — like is this something I want as part of my legacy? Will this post make my clients/followers/friends uncomfortable? Am I being helpful or hurtful?

These thoughts actually came as a result of Mashable’s post: 7 Ways to Deal With A-Hole Facebook Fans. These points really transcend social media platforms.

Haters are going to hate, but as the controller of your feed, you can decide if they are going to hate on your time.

 

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Debbie Elicksen

Social Media, transmedia, media liaison.

Experience in working with high profile celebrities, communications (writing and editing for print, web, and radio), project management, marketing and communications strategy, public relations, content creation, publishing, both sides of media relations.

Communities (active and engaged in with good followings): Stage 32, Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, LinkedIn, and Pinterest.

Media (in front and behind the microphone): Hangouts on Air, traditional and online radio, physical and online newspapers/magazines, television, webcasts, webinars, public address, speaking and facilitation

I have over 20 years of direct media experience, including working in television and Internet media, print, and radio.

I have been a professional sports writer and covered the National Hockey League for over 20 years for several publications and sports services, including NBCSports.com. I was the first woman to ever headman a football conference in Canada (Prairie Football Conference), was PR Director for the Edmonton Trappers Baseball Club, and was a volunteer media liaison with the Hockey Committee during the 1988 Olympic Winter Games.

Over the years, I have worked with and interviewed numerous media and celebrities, such as Stan Fischler (The Hockey Maven), Wayne Gretzky, Jarome Iginla, Mario Lemieux, Marcus Camby, Gordie Howe, Bobby Orr, Kelly Hrudey, The Doobie Brothers, Dante Bichette, to name a few. I have appeared in many local, national, and international media programs, such as The Vicki Gabereau Show, NHL Network, MSG Network, and Sports Channel America, to name a few.

I co-host the Virtual Newsmakers with Cynthia K. Seymour. It is a weekly webcast featuring interesting people who are using innovative ways to bridge traditional and digital communications. Some of our guest include thought leaders in digital media communications, such as Erik Qualman, Chris Brogan, Martin Shervington, Dave Carroll (United Breaks Guitars), Tony Dyson (creator of R2D2), and three-time Olympian Steve Mesler.
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Social Media, transmedia, media liaison. Experience in working with high profile celebrities, communications (writing and editing for print, web, and radio), project management, marketing and communications strategy, public relations, content creation, publishing, both sides of media relations. Communities (active and engaged in with good followings): Stage 32, Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, LinkedIn, and Pinterest. Media (in front and behind the microphone): Hangouts on Air, traditional and online radio, physical and online newspapers/magazines, television, webcasts, webinars, public address, speaking and facilitation I have over 20 years of direct media experience, including working in television and Internet media, print, and radio. I have been a professional sports writer and covered the National Hockey League for over 20 years for several publications and sports services, including NBCSports.com. I was the first woman to ever headman a football conference in Canada (Prairie Football Conference), was PR Director for the Edmonton Trappers Baseball Club, and was a volunteer media liaison with the Hockey Committee during the 1988 Olympic Winter Games. Over the years, I have worked with and interviewed numerous media and celebrities, such as Stan Fischler (The Hockey Maven), Wayne Gretzky, Jarome Iginla, Mario Lemieux, Marcus Camby, Gordie Howe, Bobby Orr, Kelly Hrudey, The Doobie Brothers, Dante Bichette, to name a few. I have appeared in many local, national, and international media programs, such as The Vicki Gabereau Show, NHL Network, MSG Network, and Sports Channel America, to name a few. I co-host the Virtual Newsmakers with Cynthia K. Seymour. It is a weekly webcast featuring interesting people who are using innovative ways to bridge traditional and digital communications. Some of our guest include thought leaders in digital media communications, such as Erik Qualman, Chris Brogan, Martin Shervington, Dave Carroll (United Breaks Guitars), Tony Dyson (creator of R2D2), and three-time Olympian Steve Mesler.

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