When I started off doing the blog I’d never even touched Twitter or Instagram or anything of that before. As I mentioned yesterday I had a rather shitty profile on LinkedIn that I wasn’t doing much with, and obviously I had a Facebook account, but again rarely checked it. So getting stuck into social media in a bigger way was a bit of an ongoing learning curve.
Most of the time it’s great. You get a few great interactions with people all the way round the world that are into the same things you’re into. You get to e-meet shed loads of people and you get to be involved in the world of (in my case) wine without having to sit in a back office at an importers for 5 years first.
Occasionally though you see the dark side of it all. Last week I was dragged into a twitter hate campaign against one account. I had nothing to do with the argument, but people having a go at this account decided it’d be a great idea to add my @PBMMW to all their posts. If fact it was mine and another couple of accounts that got cc’ed in to all the diatribe. None of us had a clue what it was all about, but our names were being dragged into the argument. What can you do?
A mate of mine who runs a large social media wine thing out in Australia has had issues before. You’re meant to just stick your head down, ignore it, and hope they get bored eventually. But in this case none of it was directed at me or these other two accounts. Why should we have to sit there and ignore a load of bollocks when it’s got nothing to do with us in the first place?
Hey ho, I guess these things happen!