A couple of months ago, I interviewed Janet Street Porter for Tombola. One of the questions I posed was…
You’re no stranger to controversy, particularly on social media networks such as Twitter. Can you give some tips on how you handle the Twitter trolls?
In which she replied: Ignore them! Don’t block them, just mute them. Don’t get drawn into a conversation with them.
And you know what? It’s really as simple as that.
As time goes by, it becomes easier and easier to ignore such things. Trolls are kind of like unruly teenagers. The more attention they get, the more likely they are to seek it. Ignore them and they quickly lose steam. Clearly, twitter trolls don’t get the attention they crave at home or at work so they take to the internet to seek it.
So ignore them. Use your energies in more positive ways and remember that Steve Jobs quote…
“By the way, what have you done that’s so great? Do you create anything, or just criticize other’s work and belittle their motivations?”
If you’d like to read more about my interview with Janet Street Porter head to Tombola.