Thursday, August 22, 2013

Handling Personal Attacks On Social Media.

Social Media has its benefits, but like any other wave  there are disadvantages. In social media, people come with different opinions, different personalities and some people even look forward to abusing their freedom of speech in this medium. Yes, social media is built for you to personalize your profiles and you can always promote yourself the way you want to be seen, but you have no control over someone posting a negative post. It is possible for you to delete the negativity but running away from a situation seldom solves it, its better to nip it in the bud then and there.

Having someone attack you on social media is very much possible nowadays, therefore check out the following pointers that can be used to assist you if this is ever to occur.

1. Keep Calm- As the saying goes keep calm and carry on! You should do just that! It is natural to panic and become overwhelm in situations like this but you must remember you have no control over people's mind and thoughts, however you do have control over how you will handle the situation. So, move forward by commenting politely, letting the person know exactly where you stand.

2. Respond in a timely manner. As we know, happenings on social media become viral in a matter of seconds. Don't leave any opportunity for  other people to join on and make a mockery of the situation.

3. Reply Publicly. Doing this can quickly eliminate any further confusion. Seeing that if you were to reply through inbox, the individual can  choose to screenshot the conversation and create an uproar (those with extra free time that is). Sometimes, its necessary to take it to the inbox but definitely use your judgement!

4. Know when to draw the line. Yes its needed for you to comment on the person's post but refrain from going back and forth. This is not necessary.

Are there any other ways you handle attackers on your social media? Share with us in the comment box below!

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