Roy Gilbert

Getting Attacked On Social Media Is Terrifying. It Doesn’t Have to Become a Nightmare

If you do anything that involves creating, making, marketing, or selling anything, there will come a time when you’re going to get criticized . Sometimes it will happen via email or a DM. Other times, you’ll find yourself as the main character on Twitter for the day. That can be terrifying.

I know because, over the weekend, it was my turn.

It started with a simple tweet pointing out that I had used a similar phrase in a dozen or so headlines over the past year. It went viral from there as Twitter did what Twitter does. The original tweet had over 5 million views and a million engagements. A few hundred thousand tweets, retweets, and notifications later, I was in the middle of anyone’s worst nightmare.

By the way–and this is important–getting dunked on on social media isn’t the same as getting canceled (whatever that means). It’s more like dropping your tray of food in the lunchroom in middle school and everyone points and laughs at you, which is horrifying enough to think about even now, but it’s not the end of the world.

For most people, you won’t ever end up in a situation like this, but you probably know what it feels like to face public criticism. It’s definitely terrifying, but it doesn’t have to be a nightmare. Thankfully, there are a few things you can do to keep it from becoming one. 1. Don’t Panic

Before you respond–or even think about responding–consider this: the Twitter mob is a lot […]

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