I wrote something about Facebook. That, according to the Google+ thought police, makes me a traitor. As though I wasn't aware of another platform's shortcomings?
I was bullied enough as a kid - I'm not going to tolerate it here. However, it seems that many Google+ users not only tolerate bullying, they endorse it. Yeah, it seems that Google+ has become a playground overrun by bullies.
Guess what? Some of us push back.
The bully reads one or two posts or comments (out of hundreds) and thinks s/he knows you well enough to call you a name. That's how it works.
Worse yet? These bullies don't even realize that they're being bullies. It's a shame, really - and it diminishes the value of the network for those who are looking from the outside in.
It is VERY difficult to share what you like on Google+ (or anywhere, for that matter) when all you're met with is negativity. I realize that Google bigots are likely to use Google's tools like the rest of us, but that doesn't mean I'm gonna turn my cheek to their tactics.
The value of some of these "conversations" is dwindling by the day. Google+ is no better or worse than Facebook in that respect - despite what many claim. People are people no matter what they use.
Worse yet? These bullies have kept others on this network from speaking their mind - because (heaven forbid) they say anything about a Google competitor. When I've seen person after person APOLOGIZE to the community before uttering a word like "Facebook" or "Apple," something is seriously askew.
It's not enough that I use Google+ actively, not enough that I spent money on a Chromebook and a Nexus 7, not enough that I push positive Android content into this channel, not enough that I use Google Docs over Microsoft Office, not enough that I use Google Search over Bing, not enough that I use Google Analytics for my sites (which Google says are spam), not enough that I use AdSense, not enough that I pay Google for extra Drive storage, not enough that I continue to publish video to YouTube, not enough that I post original content to this network daily, not enough...?
I expected this would be neutral ground. Man, was I mistaken.
I will never forget this day, when many precious lives were taken away
I see some of the little survivors on the TV, wondering how their lives will truly be
A sweet boy said his teacher wouldn't let the animal in, her quick thinking protected the children from this animal's sin
With tears in my eyes I look up to night sky and see, 20 little stars shining back at me.
This day I hope never happens again, praying to God to put the insanity to an end.
#Newtown #tragedy #hope #children
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