The Hideous Underbelly of Social Media


It’s the real-time aspect of social media that gets people in trouble.

Big trouble.

Off-hand and rude comments when spoken are generally just ignored by others. Or are quickly retracted when the immediate emotion – usually disgust, anger or disappointment – is over.

It doesn’t work that way on platforms like Facebook or Twitter.

That comment you wish you could retract? You really can’t. Oh, you can try to delete it, but it was captured somewhere.

Unfortunately, it isn’t all mistaken comments. Sometimes it is generally hateful, racist and downright ugly comments. Case in point today is the new Twitter account called Baseball’s Best Fans (@BestFansStLouis).

Talk about the underbelly.

The account collects the worst tweets by St. Louis Cardinals fans. It is not for the faint of heart. I dare you to find a more disgusting chain of racists, insensitive, bigoted, and ignorant posts.

Here is a sampling – warning this is rough stuff.

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Have you recovered yet?

Truly vile and hideous on so many levels – and this was the tamer stuff. If the racist garage wasn’t bad enough, the Boston Bombing tweets take these posts to new and disgusting lows.

No doubt this is not a reflection of ALL St. Louis Cardinals fans (I’m sure every team has their share of bottom feeders). If you want to explore further – like I did – take a look at the profiles of these people. Some of them are obvious mouth-breathers, but too many of them appear and tweet like your average normal person.

In other words, you’d never guess their ugly sides, until they exploded all over Twitter.

Fascinating at a certain level and proving that Twitter can give us all kinds of insights into humanity.

This is also a strong reminder of the power and reach of social media. People are listening. Your tweets can’t be deleted – even if you try.

Think before you tweet.

And if you’re a scumbag can you please just stay off of social media all together?

Links:

The Baseball’s Best Fans Twitter account

Mashable’s article on Baseball’s Best Fans

The Wrath of Everyone & How to Avoid It

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