Earlier this year, I was at a conference where a keynote speaker decided to use text messages to solicit input from the audience.
To my surprise, many of the the anonymous messages that appeared on the screen were juvenile, inane or downright aggressive. I raised this with the leadership of the user group, but found that what I consider cyber-bullying was not seen as an issue at all.
Are IT professionals ruder than other people, or do people just generally get obnoxious when anonymous? And must we accept that? Maybe Facebook’s Randy Zuckerberg is right when she says that anonymity online “has to go away.”