A few weeks ago I wrote about how I became a troll in the space of 13 tweets.
While I was writing that post some other stuff happened in relation to it that I thought was a bit strange. I wrote a blog post about it, edited it, tweaked it, sat on it for a bit, deleted it, re wrote it, procrastinated a bit, reread it and now I’ve gotten around to publishing it.
While I was writing this post Followers Following Twitter about being branded a troll and being blocked by a couple of people, something happened that I think needs to be documented.
So to get this in some kind of order, I got up on the following morning and thought, did last night really happen, in fact I tweeted pretty much exactly that
@Mike_Rawlins: Yup that ‘really did happen’ last night. I’ll be knocking out a blog post this morning.
This then prompted a conversation between me and a friend which when something like this.
Unrelatedperson: @Mike_Rawlins no trolling though
@Mike_Rawlins: Unrelatedperson mmm. Sadly some people don’t like it when someone dares to have a difference of opinion. Very childish IMO, I’ve been blocked 🙂
Unrelatedperson: @Mike_Rawlins I don’t even know who they were
@Mike_Rawlins: Unrelatedperson the person who accused me of trolling because I had a difference of opinion?
Unrelatedperson: @Mike_Rawlins yeah, looked at the profile, still no wiser
@Mike_Rawlins: Unrelatedperson They were ———————-. Thought they were alright until they took their ball home last night.
About an hour later I then got a tweet from the person who accused me of being a troll and had blocked me.
PersonA: @Mike_Rawlins And I hope you provide a right of reply.
Now this is where I find it a bit odd, I’ve been blocked so obviously this person doesn’t want me to tweet them or to see my tweets, from Twitter, blocking a person does the following
Blocked users cannot:
Add your Twitter account to their lists.
Have their @replies or mentions show in your mentions tab (although these Tweets may still appear in search).
See your profile picture on their profile page or in their timeline.
So they must have been making a conscious effort to look at what I was saying, I was still blocked at this point, I checked and made a reference to it in another tweet
@Mike_Rawlins: UnrelatedpersonB now tweeting me from behind a block about a conversation I have had with someone unrelated.
And then when I was magically unblocked
@Mike_Rawlins: PersonA thank you for unblocking me, yes I am writing a blog post about it now and you will of course have the right to reply
Then it gets even stranger, another unrelated person then tweets me saying
Randomtweeter: @Mike_Rawlins why have you sent Unrelatedperson a sequence of false statements?
Within about a minute or two this tweet gets deleted, (but not before I get a screen grab), and is replaced with this tweet from PersonA
PersonA: @Mike_Rawlins I think you have said a sequence of incorrect things to Unrelatedperson
I tweeted out
@Mike_Rawlins: Odd, an accusatory tweet seems to have been deleted..
Then strangely PersonA jumps in with
PersonA: @Mike_Rawlins Do not think any tweet deleted. They all seem to be there, from the polite initial responses, to the ones asking you to stop.
What is even stranger is that there is a link between the (not so) Randomtweeter and PersonA, according to their Twitter Profile. Now it isn’t beyond the bounds of possibility that Randomtweeter and PersonA were in the same room tweeting, but why would Randomtweeter be monitoring what I said? Unless of course PersonA was using someone else’s (Randomtweeter) account to feed their paranoia and keep tabs on what I was saying, then got confused and tweeted from the wrong account, deleted it and then tweeted almost exactly the same thing from their own account.
It could of course be totally unrelated……
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