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Amanda Farough
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Spinning web dreams for creative entrepreneurs since 2009. Writer. Loving extrovert. Femme gamer.
Spinning web dreams for creative entrepreneurs since 2009. Writer. Loving extrovert. Femme gamer.

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Amanda Farough was in a video call with 8 people. <a class='ot-hashtag' href='https://plus.google.com/s/%23hangoutsonair'>#hangoutsonair</a>Rhiannon Llewellyn, Linsey Valeriote, Keri Honea, Sarah Lewis, Tzaddi Gordon, Janet Brent, Nikki Groom, and A Brewji
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What if I told you that your competition is actually made of potential co-creators?
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Does anyone else remember Netiquette from the 90s?
Is Etiquette a Thing of the Past on Social Media?

Over the last couple of weeks I've witnessed a couple of occasions when the 'Twitter Mob' has struck with vicious hatred in attacking a couple of TV personalities.

What has happened shouldn't surprise me - I've seen it many times before - but I'm still struck by what I can only really describe as the bullying behaviour via social media.

I'm not sure what the solution is - or if there even is one - but I'm reminded of the early days of Blogging, Twitter and Facebook when these mediums were mainly used by 'social media pundits'. In those early days I remember seeing a heap of posts written on the topic of 'Etiquette of Social Media'.

Social Media Etiquette
Many people (and I remember post about it myself) put a lot of time into creating what we saw as guidelines for how to use these tools and mediums in ways that allowed for robust discussion but when also treated people with respect and dignity.

Of course back then there were always people who bucked the guideliness/etiquette that the majority lived by - but my feeling back then was that there was also some kind of self regulation that happened when this took place. I can think of many instances when one person would act in a way that wasn't accepted by others and somehow the community came around the situation to keep the person accountable, care for the one being attacked etc.

The community was small enough back then for this to take place - but it seems we've somehow grown beyond that.

A New Social World - The Wild West
It strikes me that as the general populous has jumped on the social media wagon (something that has brought about many wonderful things) that perhaps that work that perhaps we've somehow lost our way when it comes to those early values that many social media users had.

Somehow as the user-base of social media has grown there seems to be a greater acceptance of anti-social use of social media. The mobs seem to form all the quicker and their behaviour grows more and more extreme.

This was illustrated here in Australia recently when one contestant on a cook reality TV show received online death threats against her after an avalanche of hatred on Twitter, Facebook and in forums.

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- I'm not sure how - but is there a way of getting back to the heart of what we once had?

- Is there need for some kind of education to take place to help guide the masses of people coming into social media?

- Do the companies behind these new social mediums need to take a more active role in communicating what is and isn't acceptable?

- Or perhaps its just a case of there always being a minority of people who behave anti-socially - something we just need to live with?

Not sure what the answer is - but it's been on my mind of late and I wonder if some smarter people than me might have some suggestions or answers?
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An interesting gaming essay that digs into evocative narrative and why we experience shadow emotions differently when we play video games.
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When in doubt, violins solve all problems.
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Just keep swimming. :]
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After ten (TEN!!) hours of work, I'm going to call 'er quits for the day. Maybe I'll play some Magic now. Or collapse into goo. Either or.
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