The online world can be a pretty annoying place with spammers, hoaxers, bashers, posers, and unscrupulous people crawling all over the cyberspace. Their aim is to annoy and piss off online users. What in the [online] world is going on?
Let me get this straight, I really don’t appreciate being noticed by spammers and suspicious people. I don’t need to receive private messages from a long-forgotten friend (whom I rarely interact with) asking for likes or money. And yes, I don’t want porn taking over the internet by storm as if they’re catering to all age groups. And all that fake news that’s spreading out throughout the internet? That’s even worse than receiving bad news. The online world is pretty f*cked up, to be honest.
So there are different kinds of annoying online situations that are primarily focused on the internet and social media. All right, let me take a swipe at these scenarios.
All Kinds Of Spamming
Spamming is the worst kind of online annoyance, whether it’s the kind you received through e-mail and instant messaging, suspicious advertisements that suddenly pop-up while browsing, and all that. Anyway, it’s a form of unsolicited message which is basically advertising in general.
Back then, I received numerous spam e-mails on my spam folder, which I cleared periodically. Some of them came from that online pharmacy selling Viagra or Cialis, and some of them came from phishing websites posing as legitimate websites. Even blogs like this one aren’t safe from spamming, and I have to deal with a lot of spam comments on some of my posts before I decided to start moderating comments. I did this to make sure that none of these spam comments will appear on my posts. And yes, Akismet did a wonderful job of filtering comments, most of which are likely spam comments.
So what makes spamming really annoying? It’s obvious that the same message you received over and over again can really drive you crazy, and may force you to respond to that spammer. By doing so, you acknowledge their message and you may end up receiving more spam messages than usual. Worse, you’ll end up getting your personal information stolen and downloading malicious software in your PC or mobile devices.
My advice, ignore these messages and delete them. Luckily, there are spam filtering services (on some websites, particularly blogs) that help you filter comments against spam. Some e-mail clients had a spam filtering feature that singles out suspicious e-mails that contain spam and viruses that can do harm to your PC or mobile devices and compromise your online accounts.
False Information, Hoaxers, And Fake News
They’re pretty common anywhere in the online world. Perhaps, their goal is to spread misinformation among the gullible online users, and maybe some die-hard fans of personalities or some companies.
Yeah, I’ve already seen a lot of false information circulating on the internet, particularly fake celebrity deaths and rumors of tech companies shutting down and all that. Hoaxers will do anything to make people believe that the false information they spread is true, and it’ll be harder to control. Fake news also proliferated through social media and some blogs, posting content that is too good to be true. Unbelievable, or simply not believable?
I’m generally not annoyed by hoaxes and fake news, and I don’t usually believe in this kind of false stuff. But then, seeing people fighting over false information on the internet can really make me anxious and mad at the same time so that makes it annoying. Well, it just shows that not everything you see and read on the internet is reliable. Unfortunately, not even Google and Wikipedia.
Unfriendly And Toxic Bashers
Social media nowadays aren’t as peaceful as it once was ten years ago. Almost everyone had access to the internet and social media, so maybe that’s how friendships are formed and broken by it.
The attitude of social media users is shown on comments and reacts to posts. People clashed over some posts on social media accounts, as well as exchanging offending opinions and colorful remarks. Lately, some Millennials and Generation Z kids are getting embroiled on some online confrontation on certain issues (mostly political issues), eventually leading down to hurling insults and personal attacks against one another. And to think that social media is a great place to reunite with old friends and making new friends, well they also consider it a place to spread hoaxes and rumors and pick fights with random people.
Celebrities aren’t immune to this kind of uncivilized criticism. There are cases that some fans are lashing out on some celebrities for supporting a particular political candidate, airing disappointments against a certain establishment or person, getting involved in scandals, and trying to get people’s attention through publicity stunts. Even pictures of celebrities showing off their beautiful body are also becoming a target of hate posts from bashers as well.
Bashers are toxic internet users and should be paid no attention. Better yet, why not social media sites moderate such unfriendly posts in order for it to be a friendly place to express ourselves? Yeah, some bashers will complain about the lack of freedom of speech, but do these idiots know that even FOS has its limits?
Cyberbullying is the worst thing an internet user has to experience. It comes in a form of online harassment, sexual remarks, hate speech, threats, damaging and libelous posts, and doxing (broadcasting a victim’s personal information through social media sites). It is actually a hundred times worse than being bashed online. Not cool.
Hungry For Likes?
I suddenly noticed a lot of social media users soliciting likes from fellow social media users. Well, how was it? Were you able to gain enough likes for you to win the top prize in that so-called contest?
Nothing against such posts asking people for likes, but do you actually have consideration for the people you constantly annoy just for them to like your pic or anything like that? Well, let them come to you instead. And don’t you go tagging people just to ask for likes, especially when it comes to so-called contests. Even social media pages of well-known companies won’t go as far as annoying certain social media users to convince them to join their online promos.
There are some people who are playing the victim… and even posted about it on their blogs or social media accounts. If you really want others to pity you, then you should at least be in your best behavior. Berating others while asking for people’s sympathy isn’t going to cut it.
Private Messages From A Friend You Don’t Interact With
So that so-called friend of yours just messaged you unexpectedly, but instead of saying “how have you’ve been”, they’re asking for something else, particularly money. Don’t you guys have shame? Besides, you’re not even close with that person, yet you have the guts to ask for money from them? Well, good luck with that… if you don’t get unfriended or blocked.
Spoiling The Fun
Case in point: Avengers: Endgame is so extremely popular that some people tend to post spoilers on the internet (on their blog sites and social media accounts) regarding the movie. Of course, not all people are pleased with spoilers, as this ruins their excitement in watching the movie. Even some friendships end acrimoniously because of it. Even movie directors Anthony and Joe Russo asked fans not to spoil it.
Well, I’m not a fan of the movie and I’m not even a Marvel fan, but this situation somehow makes sense. I mean, this should teach moviegoers and die-hard fans a lesson about posting spoilers on their social media accounts. After all, everyone wants to watch and enjoy the film without something ruining their excitement.
One more thing, if you already watched the film or an episode of a TV series before anyone else does, please do them a favor and keep those spoilers to yourself. Show some restraint.
Bot Followers And Those Digital Marketers
There are fake followers in blogs and social media sites. Most of them are following you for no particular reason at all. Some of them actually had a blog that features posts like “How To Earn Millions” or “Guide To Cryptocurrency”, something that I find suspicious and annoying, and may scare away some of my legitimate followers.
There were a few of these fake followers on this blog that I constantly remove from the list of followers, but they always keep coming back. Now that I think about it, why can’t WordPress do something about this? Why not add a feature that blocks fake followers? Don’t you think it’s about time to incorporate that feature into this blogging platform? WordPress, are you listening?
Online Pornography And Some NSFW Content
The internet is for porn. Bullshit. You’re making the online world dirty, so to speak.
I wouldn’t mind if online pornography is meant to be kept private, like having its dedicated social media site (where everyone needs to log in just to watch porn videos) specifically for that purpose. Yet, they just keep proliferating everywhere, and some minors have access to it. Some porn sites may even have child pornography in it, enough to prompt conservative countries to completely ban access to these sites.
Before the ban on NSFW material, my Tumblr blogs were followed by a handful of porn accounts. I ended up blocking them anyway, with a look of disgust and disappointment. I know I’m not getting enough followers, but I certainly don’t need followers showing their boobs and p*ssies. Besides, I’ve had enough of those so-called invitation-to-a-private-chatroom spam messages in the past so I’m trying my best to keep them off my turf.
And regarding NSFW material, I’m divided on that one. I don’t mind seeing fanfictions or some yaoi fan art, but I definitely don’t want to see any porn on that site. Well, if PornHub managed to buy Tumblr (that I hoped would never happen) and decided to restore NSFW content on that site, then fine… just make sure they have a large space for family friendly content as not all Tumblr users are seeking for adult pleasure, including me. And make NSFW content inaccessible to minors.
Some people use the internet for their deceptive acts in order to trick people out of their money, property, and inheritance. Suspicious investment schemes, shady online transactions, counterfeit postal money orders, and romance scams are some of the perfect examples for this.
Really, if you have the guts to extort money from your victims, then shame on you for committing this deceptive act. Not only you robbed them of their hard-earned cash, but you also robbed them of their hopes. Remember, the authorities are out to get you for your fraudulent actions, no matter how well you disguise yourself online.
I must have ranted too much since I’ve already featured numerous situations that affect online users. Seriously, I could have done better with expressing my disappointment and disgust over these online annoyances.
The internet is supposed to be an instrument for meaningful communication, real information, and helpful online services. Just make sure to use it properly and don’t use it to annoy and/or victimize other online users.