The other night one of the current affairs shows ran a story about social media trolls. I don’t generally watch these types of tabloid programs but the story got my attention. Trolls are people who roam sites like Facebook and Twitter with the single focus of upsetting people. They are relentless and completely random in their attacks, but their actions can have devastating results on hapless victims.
How do we, as authors, deal with this issue should it affect us? There is no denying the need for authors to establish and maintain a social media profile to help promote books. And the law of probability being what it is; odds are we will have to deal with it at some stage.
I’m not going to delve into the psyche of the social misfits that engage in trolling—I can’t, I don’t understand them. But I do understand social media so I can provide assistance…
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