Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Twitter Doesn’t Care: When A Stalker Calls You A Stalker & Wraps Falsities With Delusions

I do not recall the exact date, but here is what I do remember. An account followed me. I followed the account back. Shortly thereafter the account unfollowed me. I unfollowed the account back. Over the course of the next 16 months, this account would Re-Tweet my Tweets, but I paid it no mind and never checked to see what was going on in their stream, because it is a personal policy of mine that I do not interact with anyone on Twitter who does not follow me. I did however include this person on occasional lists thanking people who RT me for doing so; and some folks would even say, "Why are you thanking that person." Later I will learn that even this small and simple gesture was a tremendous mistake and I was feeding an absolute monster.

One day in late September of this year, I decided to take a look at this account. I thought to myself, “Why has this account that doesn’t follow me, or interact with me directly, continually Re-Tweet things from my stream on a regular and consistent basis?”  I was horrified to discover one of the most slanderous, absurd, delusional, and outright scary attacks I have ever seen, directly pointed at me, Vincenzo Scipioni, @UnseeingEyes on Twitter.

Master of the “sub-tweet” would be an understatement. I saw that this person for over 2,500 Tweets weaved hate speech, false accusations, and paranoid delusions around songs, quotes, stories, or news that I had shared on Twitter. Furthermore this person’s tweets claimed that EVERYTHING I share on Twitter is either stolen from them because I apparently installed “bugs” on their computer, and at times can read their mind; or EVERYTHING I tweet is a vicious attack perpetrated against and directed towards them. And mind you this is a person I know nothing about, and never paid any mind to after unfollowing them, to their estimation, some 16 months ago.

So after seeing this, WHAT DID I DO? I blocked and reported them to Twitter’s Support. I answered the question: “How many times has this happened?” by saying: "This person, who I do not know in any way, shape, or form, has said the most horrible falsities about me for over 16 months and 2,500 Tweets. It has only come to my attention 3 to 4 weeks ago; and I immediately blocked this person, didn't respond to or recognize them in any way; but to no avail. It has only intensified her hatred and delusions in a more stealthy fashion; and I am concerned for my well being."

Further description of problem:”  "I believe this account to be a severely mentally ill and dangerous woman. She believes I put cameras in her house, have a bug on her computer, steal her tweets/writing/poetry, steal her thoughts, post nude pictures and videos of her, am a murderer, part of the 1%; sometimes I am her son, her ex-husband; she claims she will expose me, all the people I've killed; and she throws the world STALKER around very freely; claims I've stalker her and aggressively attacked her with my every Tweet for 16 months.

This account followed me. When, I don't remember. I followed back. It unfollowed me; I unfollowed. Occasionally this account would RT me. Then I realized, EVERYTHING this account RTs, it then goes into a rant about how I am an "obsessive stalker," or a "sociopath," or a "murderer," or stole everything from her, or work for the government...EVERYTHING, all of my Tweets & interactions are supposedly aimed at her. Please READ the account of @SoulSonnet and permanently suspend it. I could not copy and past all of the offensive Tweets; but I assure you my phone is full over 100 screenshots of Tweets abusive, dangerous/slanderous tweets that tremendously concern me.

I love Twitter. I believe Twitter is the very best social network. It is responsible for my livelyhood. As an author using Twitter as a platform, I have sold over 7,500 books. My character is stellar. I created a Twitter Mentor Program consisting of people displaying courage, compassion, community concern, and tremendous character dedicated to assisting new Tweeters & showing them the ropes (signified by a "Green Badge.") I have been nominated for over 55 Shorty Awards and a finalist a few times. I have asked to be VERIFIED by you folks on a number of occasions, because that would further help my livelyhood & deter people from following all those who have mimicked me over the years. I want to help take Twitter to a new & better advantage and set new benchmarks in all industry standards. This account @SoulSonnet scares me; scares me enough that I no longer feel comfortable participating on Twitter which is so invaluable to my success and I love so much. Please help me with this account; please strongly consider verifying my account, and please get back to me. Wishing you all the best and continued success. -V-"

What was my 1st response from Twitter? NONE. Your request has been closed and dealt with. So I continued my discussion with Twitter’s Support by reiterating and sharing my concerns once again; while posting new “offensive” and “abusive” tweets that had happened just moments ago. This time, this person is claiming that the police have been watching me for four months and it is due to her grace that I am not where I belong? It just makes no sense to me. None of it. And once this user started talking about “my neighborhood” that also raised some concern because can this person actually have figured out where I live? They have spoken about burning down my house? Do they know where my house is?

Fast-forward to now. Since Twitter will NOT help me, and since I can no longer ignore this psychotic slander, I have asked YOU my Friends & Readers to report & block this person. If you haven’t already, please do so. Truly, -V-

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Social Networks & Spending Less Time on Twitter

It should come as no surprise to anyone, that I am not and never have been a “fan” of Social Networks and Smartphones. This is not because of the Social Networks and Smartphones themselves, for it is not their faults.  They are inanimate, mindless, and lifeless. I do not like either because of the way each are used and the idiocy they both create and perpetuate.

Today everyone has seen a video on YouTube. YouTube is the most “user friendly” of all the Social Networks because it is completely unnecessary for an individual to “sign up and log-into” the site in order to enjoy it. Anyone wanting to quickly listen to a song, or see a classic movie clip, or something stupid uploaded by your “Average Joe” knows how to find and navigate around that site.

Facebook has been around a hell of a lot longer than most people think. It has only become “mainstream” and popular the past few years. The question we should be asking is: “Why?” And the answer is simple; the world is in a depressed state.  Our economies are shit, and on a whole people are unsatisfied and in great debt. Facebook for the most part, makes people “feel good” and allows them to create a life that is more exciting than anything they live on a day to day basis. It makes people feel as though others care about what they have to say, and “feel as though they are important/have friends.” It is the most absurd and ridiculous thing in the world; it is destroying our cultures, in addition to policing our societies; and its legion of drones has made it a powerful entity. My point here is: many are “a part of” Facebook.

Google+ is another animal altogether. Google+ is all the Social Networks combined, and then some, with none of the asinine restrictions imposed on you, like those existing on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. In time, Google+ will prove to be the most utilized and valuable of the Social Networks; but that will not be for a long time because it is an unfamiliar and complex entity. The average person has not the time nor the patience to figure out how to navigate and connect with others. Once Google+ becomes exactly like everything else, people will begin flocking to it in unprecedented numbers.

Then there is Twitter. The ONLY Social Network I am actively a part of. The only Social Network of any real value; preserving both the autonomy and anonymity of each user if he or she chooses. It is old school. Unlike a Facebook, which encourages you to be “you,” and has gotten many folks fired from jobs, broken up many marriages and relationships, created cyber stalkers, and has gotten folks into trouble even before doing anything; on Twitter you can be a bird, a wolf, a sex goddess, a giant jerk, or “Just Mike,” Sara the singer, or a preachy cliché idiot.

Additionally, Twitter is “immediate.” Each user has the ability to create a compact bullet and shoot it out with immediacy; as well as the ability to within a diverse pool of individuals find a commonality facilitating the creation of lasting and genuine relationships. But Twitter today is very much like the Wild West; and those who have significant numbers and reach (power) have no soul or sense of compassion and humanity; but are cold, automated, and egocentric.

Social Networks are redefining “friendships” and altering the way in which we receive and process information. These days, I’m not so sure however of this notion of a “collective experience.” For the most part, Twitter, and the way in which individuals have and do use it, is a grave disappointment. And even if a few brightly light candles exist, they are all operating in a vacuum and void of darkness, so their luminosity is limited.

How long would you continue to water a dead plant? That is how I feel about Twitter; it is dead these days. And no amount of water, no amount of activity, will bring it back to life. That is the bad news; the good news is: The way in which Twitter exists today, it can be used in new and different ways we have not yet explored, entertained, or anticipated. We can plant a new tree. And the friendships I have made, are lifelong. There are beyond countless individuals I care about, who also care about me; and for that I am eternally grateful.

My decision to spend “less time” on Twitter upsets me greatly. The number of individuals attacking me on a regular basis has escalated to unprecedented numbers. Being called anything from a Nazi to a raciest to a homophobic person has taken a real toll on me lately. And it seems, even blocking an individual does not stop the attacks; it only adds fuel to their fire. Why someone would want to day in & day out make a career over attacking someone like me, doesn’t make any sense. Whether they are trolls or just miserable people, doesn't lessen the efficacy of their attacks.

So in closing, I will come to Twitter when I am feeling great, and I will log off once that feeling changes. I will engage folks less in the stream, and be more business like in my approach. If anyone ever wants to talk to me, I follow everyone back in order to give everyone the opportunity to connect with me in "Direct Messages." I find some of the most genuine and meaningful experiences I have had on Twitter, happen behind the scenes, and it is a remarkable thing.

A beautiful soul like mine doesn’t deserve to be continually hurt, and I do not want to turn into a bitter or angry person. People enjoy my stream so very much, because of my voice; my positivity, my optimism, the stellar content, and my consummate friendship and kindness. Whenever I take a break from Twitter, it is always difficult, but I always come back renewed and recharged. Spending less time on Twitter will afford me the opportunity to explore other avenues I am passionate about, as well as ensure that when I am here, I am the –V- you know, trust, and adore.

Please keep my stream active if you see that no tweets are coming from it for a few days. An inactive stream quickly dies, and I do not want all I have worked so hard to create to die only because I am taking the occassional break to preserve my well being.

Be kind to yourself and each other. I will see you all in the stream. And as always, enjoy your time on Twitter. Wishing all of you nothing less than the best and continued success and happiness. -V-