Archives for the month of: November, 2013

If you haven’t heard of it already, apparently Text Bombing is about to become the next big thing – read about it here . As a parent, an educator and also as someone who is regularly required to trouble shoot around the university and our associated clinical trusts on social media, this is a phenomena I don’t believe we can afford to ignore. Text Bombing is a new way for bullies to reach out via social media, to do what they have always done.

In the article in The Huffington Post, an Internet safety expert Sedgrid Lewis, who runs SpyParent.net, referred to text bombing as a “serious underground problem that is about to burst into the mainstream scene” and he urged parents to educate themselves about it – I think educators need to know what to look out for too. “Imagine getting 10,000 text messages to your phone telling you that you are an ugly slut and should die?” Lewis added, “That’s what some kids are doing to each other.”

Just FYI, social media is not all about warnings and doom and gloom you know, I don’t like to just post the negative stuff!  I discovered Text Bombing through someone I was chatting with on Twitter called @icod!  Twitter is such a great way to stay in touch with news and current issues.

I have just discovered a new development (new to me anyway!). Check out this site and follow or Google @deletedbymps on Twitter to see.

Journalists in search of material or a story are no longer required to spend hours researching, the material will now flag itself for their attention all by itself!  This is actually significant to anyone who may be scrutanised for any reason.  The tech is now freely available to save and republish any Tweets we delete – anything we have said in error, anything we have written and thought better of later.  I have no doubt at all that the people who originally typed in these hilarious Tweets wish they had been able to delete them quickly before anyone in the press noticed.

Imagine also the trouble that auto correct can cause?  Imagine the problems if a Direct Message is Tweeted instead of sent privately, if a message intended for Text is Tweeted (I must stop tweeting on my phone without my glasses – mistakes may no longer be forgiven!)?

It doesn’t necessarily have to be an MP who is being scrutanised by the press or a celebrity or big brand either, it is easy now to create this functionality, and leave it sitting as a trap, waiting to discover what the subject deletes – I find it rather sinister. The material we create on social media has always been public I know, this type of functionality simply makes it easier to search, aggregate, duplicate and republish. Nothing is private, but I suppose, nothing ever was.

The golden rule must be to apologise sincerely in public FIRST when you realise that you have said the wrong thing, BEFORE you delete the original message.  Take control of your digital profile, it is the only way forward.