Not just high-profile people who suffer twitter abuse

Jane Binnion.
Jane Binnion.

This week rap star Iggy Azalea announced that she was taking some time out from twitter because it’s “the ugliest reflection of mankind there is”.

Iggy has apparently been the target of more than her fair share of online unpleasantness and whilst she normally gives as good as she gets, she has finally had enough after some people were criticising her for having cellulite.

So she’s handing her twitter account over to her manager for now – which is always a shame.

Lots of high profile people are the target for nasty tweets and that must be tiresome, but of course it isn’t only the rich and famous.

Even I have experienced people who normally wouldn’t say boo to a goose, getting pretty aggressive as soon as they are online and have an audience, but I’ve learnt to mute or block the people who forget their manners.

As long as you don’t take the whole thing too seriously it’s still a lot of fun.

On Friday evening I was scrolling through my Facebook newsfeed before we went out and I was very surprised to see my children’s book staring back at me.

The Dyspraxia Foundation had posted that they are trying to raise enough money to get a copy into every primary school in their area.

What a wonderfully unexpected way to end the week.

Then on Sunday, on Twitter, I saw a very nice exchange. The lovely Johnny Vegas had tweeted a guy called Andrew Stennett, or ‘Blackpool Stig’, asking if he would deliver a bottle of liquid Gavison to his ‘Mam’ who was convalescing at a hotel in Blackpool and had forgotten to pack her bottle.

It looks like Andrew wasn’t sure if it was a joke at first, but kindly bought and delivered said package to Mammy Vegas anyway.

Johnny Vegas then tweeted: “Seriously @blackpoolstig you’ve saved my Mam’s weekend.

“She’s been so poorly of late & this weekend away meant the world to her, HUGE thanks”

Andrew has been promised a night out and of course his twitter following grew significantly as a result.

It’s a funny old world, but there’s clearly still lots of kindness to be found.

Have a great week and stay safe online.