@Green_Footballs Steps Up the Whine on “Stalking and Harassment”Posted: July 29, 2014
The guy in charge of Little Green Footballs had an interesting regurgitation on Twitter today, as the CEO of the social media enterprise took to the medium in a bit of an event to answer questions from the plebs of the twitterverse (using the #askcostolo hashtag). It was Johnson’s moment to bring the greatest issue of his life right now to The Man:
Phew! (it went on some more after that)
I suppose it’s worth contemplating whether anything that Mr. Johnson has been subjected to even comes remotely close to qualifying as true abuse or harassment. I’m sure there are real people out there receiving real death threats and constant messages from ex-boyfriends or neighbors or whatever, and it could be argued that that type of thing constitutes a serious issue. In contrast, what Johnson’s complaining about is nothing more than a handful of folks using the system to express their contrary opinion, fully aware that they may be blocked or muted in response. No one’s life is at stake. In fact, I’m guessing that the people at Twitter did look at his reports at some point, and probably gave out a collective “Are you kidding?” along with a giant eye-roll. In addition, we could mention the hypocrisy illustrated by his constant baiting of Glenn Greenwald.
In any case, our pal inadvertently brought up the best point in this argument recently:
Exactly! The way Johnson whines about these “problems” on Twitter, you’d think he was paying for it, or as if it was a service provided by our tax dollars or something. It’s not. In fact, ironically, Johnson uses this service daily and repeatedly at no charge for self promotion and click-bait, in an effort to increase his reach and boost his ad revenue. He even custom-coded a counter (that looks deceptively like a regular tweet counter) to track the incoming traffic resulting from his ritualistic blog-pimping. He copies virtually every tweet he posts into the comments section at LGF, apparently to try to maximize retweets and click-throughs. As a whole, it would appear that relying on free Twitter is now his business model.
But here’s the problem for CJ: Twitter is what it is; a worldwide medium of micro-blogging and interaction. And for the most part, it’s a free-for-all. That’s a big part of the appeal, I imagine, as everyone is on an even playing field. So it’s a real hoot to watch Johnson to get spastic whenever it doesn’t conform to his every desire, as if this Costolo guy (or anyone else at Twitter, for that matter) actually owes him something.
It seems pretty simple: if he doesn’t like it, he can certainly close the account and quit. After all, he got along just fine before he ever signed up. I’m sure we can all guess that he won’t, and we’ll continue to be treated to these whiny outbursts (followed by ICYMI: I pimp my blog again). And we’ll continue to laugh and point.