Now, some of them are waking up to the fact that, for rather obvious reasons, this is not necessarily a clever idea.
As long as thousands of journalists and politicians will respond or retweet every Trump tweet, he will keep tweeting them.
— ©️as Ⓜ️udde (@CasMudde) December 28, 2016
In an Internet galaxy far, far away, a long time ago, before social media or even the invention of the world wide web, people on the Usenet would occasionally engage in “flamewars” – protracted, hostile exchanges of opinion with a very low discourse quality index. Does this sound vaguely familiar?
Traditionally, a flamewar would end with a final insult, followed by the addition of the opponent’s name to a “killfile” (the equivalent of blocking that person). Sending a very large binary file to the other side’s mailbox (then a deadly weapon that could bring down a whole computer system) was optional.
The wiser denizens of the Usenet, however, would spot a provocative statement that was likely to trigger a flamewar and simply ignore it. Instead of picking up the fight, they would try to warn off others who were about to get involved with a mantra that was repeated with Yoda-like patience: “Don’t feed the troll.”
Technology may have changed a bit. The nature and needs of the internet troll are remarkably constant.So: retweet responsibly.