Five Indications You Are Indeed a Social Media Troll

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According to Urban Dictionary a troll is: “One who posts deliberately provocative messages to a newsgroup or message board with the intention of causing maximum disruption and argument.”

Another definition: “One who purposely and deliberately (that purpose usually being self-amusement) starts an argument in a manner which attacks others on a forum without in any way listening to the arguments proposed by his or her peers.”

As a blogger, a content creator, there are few things more annoying than a good troll. They are everywhere; Facebook, Twitter, Google+ (they LOVE Google+), and of course, they like to hang out in the comment sections of blogs.

So how do you know if you fall under this category? Are you a troll or maybe you are just curious and like to ask questions. Here are five simple questions you can ask yourself in order to evaluate your status as a troll:

5 Are Eyeballs What You Are Really After?

Here is the final test. Every time you want to tweet to someone, comment on someone’s Facebook or leave a comment on a blog, ask yourself what your goal is in doing so. Are you doing it because you honestly want to contribute to the conversation or are you hoping that since this dude is quite the influencer, that you will get a piece of his action. If the latter is your motive, go take a breather and a troll detox immediately.

4 Is Everyone You Reply to a Person with over 10k Followers/Friends?

This point walks the fine line between spammer and troll, but hey, it is up for debate regarding which one is worse. If ten our of your last ten tweets are to people who are famous, influential or just popular, and you spend all your time trying to get a response out of Ashton Kutcher, first of all, what is wrong with you? Second of all, you will not succeed—it is a bad strategy. Most importantly, you are officially a troll and I don’t care if you are asking real questions to which you genuinely want an answer. If normal people don’t deserve your attention, then you don’t deserve mine. Period.

3 Is Your Feedback One-Dimensional?

I honestly do not care how genuine you are in your fight for gender equality, or the rights of the lizard-loving community—not everything is about that. If you make every single thing you do on the web about a specific agenda, whatever that agenda might be, there is something trollish about your behavior and sooner or later, people are going to get fed up. When that happens, you lose. So you want to voice your opinion? Sure, do it. IN MODERATION.

2 Are Your Comments Directly or Even Indirectly Related to the Core Point of the Article on Which You Are Commenting?

You know, you read an article about the effects of global warming and you thought it would be the appropriate time to explain why Android is so much better than iOS. Yes, you did so because you know that iOS vs. Android is the new Mac vs. PC, which means people are going to respond, you will get some nice engagement and if you’re lucky, your Klout score will go up a point or two. Troll!!

1 Do You Find Yourself Taking the Opposite Side of Every Debatable Piece of Content You Read?

You know that guy that ALWAYS has to argue: “How do YOU know the earth is round? Have you seen it? Does the earth call you at home? Are you good friends?” Yeah, that guy. Well, in real life, you can always cross the street when you see him, but when he is commenting on your Facebook post, replying to your tweet or leaving a comment on your blog, what can you really do? I mean yes, you can block him, but did he do something bad enough to deserve that? Not sure, but that is precisely what makes it so annoying. There is no effective way to deal with such a person on the social web. So sssssstop it.
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