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A lot of people are afraid to tell the truth, to say no.
That’s where toughness comes into play.
Toughness is not being a bully.
It’s having backbone.
On January 20, 2011 I published an entry entitled “The Next Trend On Social Networking Sites.” It was a follow-up piece to an entry I had published on January 10, 2011 entitled “The Latest Trend On Social Networking Sites.”
The entry addressed one of the newest trends as seen on Twitter and because I had recently experienced this trend, I addressed the trend. I wrote about how Kevin Healey from Staffordshire, UK had tried to follow me on Twitter no less than three times in as many days.
I removed Kevin Healey three times because I have no desire to be associated or affiliated with him, his organization or his causes. I had already dealt with his behaviour on YouTube and felt no need to subject myself to more of the same on any other social networking site.
In the blog entry of January 20, 2011 I wrote: How is it that with the explosion of social networking sites, so many people have decided that common courtesy, common sense and reason no longer have a place in the world of socialization? If one has been removed from a social networking list once, there’s no reason for insisting on being part of that social networking list.
I also asked: So what is it about social networking sites that causes some people to disrespect the wishes of others and insist that they, rather than the owners, should control who is and is not on their social networking lists?
Despite Annie’s claims that Kevin Healey is “the most kindest – most gentle natured man” what I experienced was more of the same Kevin Healey as I had experienced at YouTube.
In fact, under all three of the names he used – and one that he hadn’t tried – in an attempt to follow me on Twitter, he wrote some very abusive and uncalled for tweets about MIDNIGHT IN CHICAGO … all because I didn’t want to be associated with Kevin Healey, his organization or his causes and had dared to blog about the trend of trying to force others to accept you on their list of followers and/or friends. Here’s a sampling of some of those comments on the AutismSAAS Twitter feed:
And the Kevin Healey Twitter feed:
When Kevin Healey couldn’t get a reaction from the volunteers and friends of MIDNIGHT IN CHICAGO or from me or Thomas D. Taylor, either he –- or someone acting with his knowledge and perhaps at his behest -– ramped things up another notch.
My questions today are these: Since when did facts become distasteful to Autism Advocates? And since when did those Autism Advocates believe that lying, misleading others, bullying, intimidation, harassment and more is the right way to move along their agendas?
If you let a bully come in your front yard,
he’ll be on your porch the next day,
and the day after that, he’ll rape your wife
in your own bed.
Lyndon B. Johnson
Creator and Founder
MIDNIGHT IN CHICAGO