In historical terms, trolls were monstrously aggressive creatures that were said to dwell in caves, under bridges and in dark places where no one could see them. They smelled pretty bad apparently and liked to eat humans or whatever else took its fancy. In todays parlance, trolls are internet warriors, big brave men excreting their bile from behind a keyboard under the cloak of anonymity. They exist to garner attention through controversy and provocative interactions, be it on twitter or other social media sites.
First rule of anonymous trolling – is stay anonymous. Most Internet trolls have at least the basic intelligence to understand why this is important. If you have a job, business or family – all could be negatively impacted if people find out you are a the type of person who likes to engage in winding people up anonymously.
Twitter can sometimes be the town square for the village idiot or worse still, the classroom for the school bully. Trolling anonymously is a form of bullying, it is cowardly, despicable and can impact on the mental health of those that are on the receiving end of the trolls attention.
Take a bow twitter account @MadasHell_ , recently deleted when confronted with his true identity.
@MadasHell_ randomly tweeted a friend of mine last night. He never met her, doesn’t know her.
He had an opinion on the appearance of the guests that were on TV3’s midday panel, all of whom are women.
He thinks highlighting violence against women is stupid.
He likes to retweet casual racism.
Has an issue with Homosexuality it would seem.
He dislikes tweeters and bloggers.
I can’t understand why he dislikes like tweeting and blogging so much…….
I thought the first rule of troll club is we don’t talk about troll club. Oops, Take a bow Paul McGarry, otherwise known as @DataCables_ on twitter, who was also tweeting anonymously as @MadasHell_
Paul McGarry aka DataCables_ and formerly @MadasHell_ hates tweeters so much – he follows over 5,000 people on the account he uses to promote his business.
When I confronted DataCables_ and asked him why he was trolling, he had this to say.
I also asked him…..
When I pointed out he deleted his @MadasHell_ troll account he had this to say…. Just in case you were in any doubt……
He excuses his tweets by saying – he was making a joke and it is other peoples fault for dishing it out, but not being able to take it. In a tweet he saw fit to describe women on TV3’s midday show – women he never met, as dogs and he thinks highlighting violence against women is stupid.
It would seem he has plenty of reasons but no excuses.
Thanks to the people who tracked him down and identified who he was.