News Flash: Twitter is Full of Haters

News Flash: Twitter is Full of Haters March 6, 2013

Remember when I didn’t want to be on Twitter?   (Read Why I’m Not on Twitter as a refresher!) Later, I caved and put this blog on Twitter, so I could communicate better with you guys, and it’s been interesting so far.  The reason I didn’t initially want to join was because Twitter seems to be so full of haters.  Recently, a study showed that my gut feeling was true:

The survey tank’s latest findings sum up a year’s worth of comparisons between the reactions of the general public to breaking-news events and the tenor of the reactions on Twitter. The main takeaway isn’t surprising, but it’s worth noting nonetheless: As much as the media leans on Twitter as an instant public-opinion barometer, the microblogging site’s users really aren’t representative of the nation at large.

Twitter users skew young and left—they leaned hard toward Barack Obama during the election and for gay rights in California. But the most consistent bias that Pew found was not toward liberals or conservatives. It was a bias against, well, almost everything. For instance, the Twitterati were heavily against Obama’s nomination of John Kerry for Secretary of State, and they thought the president’s 2012 State of the Union speech was a stinker. (In both cases, Pew found the public as a whole generally supportive.) And while they evinced more hate for Romney than Obama overall, negative comments toward both “exceeded positive comments by a wide margin throughout the fall campaign season.” In Pew’s words:

At times the Twitter conversation is more liberal than survey responses, while at other times it is more conservative. Often it is the overall negativity that stands out.

So, what do you think?  Do you guys who are on Twitter love it or hate it?  This blog is on there… for now, though we get lots of mean Tweets from people.  If you’d like to follow me there, please go here… and show me some Twitter love instead of hate!

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  • Joanne

    I’m not a HATER but agree with the comment on why does anyone care about bristol palin and her oversized family with their undersized values—-get real.

    • Lynne

      Joanne, you might want to look up the definition of a hater. You just came on her blog to spread hate, so yeah you are a hater. So dear, you might want to “get real”,

    • nohype

      And yet you, who professes not to care about Bristol Plain, not only came to this site but spent time to leave a disparaging comment that is off topic. But you are not a HATER.

    • Sounds like you are a hater, Joanne. This is her bog if you dont like her opinion, politics on things then don’t read what she has to say. I’m not on as twitter as much either, but would love to put my blogs on twitter (but havn’t figured it out yet) . Bristol Palin is a great and amazing patriot and so is here family. They tell it like it is aren’t part of the political realm they are part of the average american people. And to Bristol if you’re mom ever runs for the President she’d get my vote i am a huge supporter of both of you and your mom. And to Bristol i’ve seen hate anti-palin hate on my pro-palin facebook and blogs too. It’s plain silly how liberas spread so much hate, and it just shows that your family is a threat to the liberal agenda. Keep up the good work, they more they try to bring you down means you are doing the right thing keep up the good work and that goes with your mom too. I am grateful you are in the public view now. And we need more people like the Palins in politics i hope someday you’re mom becomes President and then if ever you’d decide to run yourself i’d definantely vote for you too.

    • RebFan

      Then stop following her!

  • Dislike twitter! Love you and your family! True Americans!!!

  • Renny

    There are many conservatives on Twitter. What you have to do is find them and build your following and followers with them. Block the haters. Haters are everywhere, but so are normal people. It’s easier for kids to be stupid on twitter etc. Do not run away.

  • Rira

    Twitter is crap. Full of hate. Full of bs. Either left or right…Just bs.

  • Sue Lynn

    I think Bristol Palin is Brave,Truthful and Inspiring!!!!! God Bless the Palin and Heath Families!!! Give Trig and Trip a kiss for me!

  • David Cochran

    I don’t doubt you receive hateful responses, based on what I read on your mom’s twitter page. They ridicule and spew hateful vitriol at her every post. They talk about how irrelevant she is, but they rush to their computers every time she tweets something. I find it despicable that some people actually go to a social network site and, oftentimes under anonymity, wish death and suffering on a Christian lady and her family, simply because they disagree with her political views. They apparently feel this justifies their pathetic and useless existence. These are people who take what they can and give nothing in return. Many of them probably belong locked up in prison or a mental institution.

  • Bristol,
    It’s been a long time since I commented here. I hope you’re well. I respectfully disagree that Twitter has a larger problem with haters than other venues – such Facebook or website comment boards. Facebook has a long-running page hate page referencing your mom. They refuse to take it down and it’s made major news. Facebook is full of “pretty women seeking men” who are actually men posing as women. We all get “friend” requests from these.
    The issue isn’t about Twitter or Facebook or some site. The Internet as a whole allows people to be anonymous and use fictitious identities. Some people build fictitious personalities around some moniker. These anonymous cowards say things they would never say if their real identities were known.
    I know on my own site, I don’t permit anonymous comments for that reason. Period. I’m not interested in the words of a person who cannot be forthright about who he or she is, and that rule has worked very well for me.
    David Cochran’s observations are spot on, but it’s not just Twitter. Everything he described happens on Facebook, and happens on comment boards of news sites across the country every day. Twitter is only a small microcosm of what’s out there, which is actually a darker picture unfortunately.
    Many of your supporters, such as me are on Twitter too, so it cuts both ways.
    Send my regards to Trig, and to the entire family.

  • Luciana

    Not everything is a liberal conspiracy. Stop playing the victim card. Accept the fact that some of the hate you’ve received is due to your own actions (ex. appearing on Dancing with the Stars and starring in reality shows despite hating the media and repeatedly claiming you’re not a celebrity, bashing gay marriage despite being an unwed teen mom, bashing Obama’s daughters despite hating when people bash you, etc…).

    • LMA

      This is true, Luciana. One thing that amazes me about people who participate in online social media is that they’re constantly complaining about being the subject of hate. The Internet is the “great equalizer.” That means, anyone can be who they really are or who they wish to be under the cloak of anonymity. If a usually meek person wants to be a bloviating bully on the Internet, well, they can. It’s cowardly, for sure, but that’s the risk we take when we participate — we never know who we’re really interacting with. It’s one of the reasons I’m not on Twitter or Facebook. I understand Bristol’s apprehension to participate, and I feel that in-person communication is so much more satisfying, as the conversations I have with friends and family are respectful.

      That said, what we send out into cyberspace is what we get back. The blowback Bristol gets is not totally uncalled for. While I agree that we should be more open to differing opinions, she’s quite outspoken and should expect that others will not agree with her. Kate’s response to you is a good example. Because you disagree that Bristol is an innocent “victim” of hate (and again, she definitely doesn’t deserve all the hate that’s thrown her way), Kate has accused you of “not having a lot going on” and said that “nobody gives two shits what you think.” She’s slammed you. So really, you have more in common with Bristol’s POV, as proven by the rude, angry, hateful Kate, who you probably don’t even know.

  • Brooke

    Leave Twitter and stay on Facebook! I love hearing about you and your family and love seeing pictures . I also loved your show…extremely disappointed it was cancelled!!!

  • Kate

    @Lucinana.. Doesn’t say very much about you, coming on to a persons blog who you clearly don’t like, and commenting about how you don’t like them. For the future, you should know that no body on here gives two shits what you think. If you don’t like Bristol, why don’t you go find something better to do with your time than hate on her on her blog. I feel like you probably don’t have a lot going on.

    • Dawn

      Hate much Kate?

    • Diggertoo

      Everything Luciana said is true. If it was your child whining like Bristol does on this post what advise would you give? Buck it up and grow a thicker skin – words are just words. If you can’t handle the heat get out of the kitchen.

  • David

    Bristol, just ignore the Palin Haters – most of what they say is stupid and/or filthy.
    It is easy to Block anyone on Twitter if you don’t like their Tweets.
    I like Twitter since I got the hang of it, and use it more than I do Facebook.

  • Cheyenne

    I would follow you on Twitter but like you said to much hate so why bother even joining in the first place. So I will just read your blog which presents the real you better than Twitter ever could.

  • Sarah2016

    The article itself is skewed when it places blame on both the Left & Right. The Right may voice criticism on socialist-leaning Dem issues, but the Left dominates twitter w/ it’s vile ad hominem attacks. Just check the immediate, knee-jerk responses to a Sarah Palin tweet…they are pure scum, including death threats to a very honorable woman & patriot.

    Like Andrew Breitbart said, this hate is the Left’s main objective…smear a person’s charachter in an Ainsky fashion so you won’t pay attention to what they say. So, Bristol, please keep fighting & stay on twitter…your voice resonates w/ many who still have individual critical thought divorce from the Lib-Obama-worshiping groupthink. While the Left always controls the MSM, they should not have a monopoly on twitter, too.

    • LMA

      “The article itself is skewed when it places blame on both the Left & Right.”

      And you’ve done your own scientifically sound investigating, Sarah2016, to disprove the article? The rest of your comment is purely subjective.

    • Dawn

      I didn’t know ann coulter, rush limbaugh, michelle malkin, ted nugent, and the majority of fox news people, to name a few, were lefties. They smear peoples character all the time. I guess these people are Obama worshipers too, right Sarah 2016?

      • melory

        Do you listen to Rush and read Michelle’s blog or are you just repeating what the LSM feeds you about them? The real Rush and Michelle are just truth-tellers. Check and double-check what they are saying – and if you are honest, you will agree with me.

        • Dawn

          Such loyalty to such hateful people. I don’t understand how anyone with half a brain could get sucked into the conservative entertainment complex. I wouldn’t waste my breath on you listing some of the hateful, vile things these people have said on radio, on twitter and on their websites. How anyone could defend a six time married, lowlife druggie who makes millions of dollars off of suckers like you is beyond me. I bet you love ted nugent too. A pant crapping, draft dodging pedophile and conservatives love him.

          • melory

            I take it then you never listen to them – you just repeat the media lies about them.

            I asked you a question and you in turn wrote me a nasty post – Bristol is right about you guys!

        • Dawn

          Tell me what is a lie melory. And no, I don’t listen to people like that. I have a mind of my own. Some people need to be told how to think, I’m not one of them. Charles Manson had followers like that. So do most televangelists.

          • melory

            So you hate and have a very strong opinion about people that you have never even listened to, just based on what other people and the media/Democrats are telling you about them? And you believe you are actually doing your own thinking?

  • NanaJ

    I am on Twitter & FB but do not have it hooked up to my phone. I rarely text. I do use Twitter to receive news instantly but verify it. I enjoy communicating with friends and family but try to remain positive online. I do not expect everyone to be positive. I am not in the public limelight so it’s easier for this conservative online. As nasty as many twitter posts are, I still believe in freedom of speech for everyone.

  • Nicole

    Bristol, just a word of advice: putting the contact information (twitter handle) for someone who has said negative things about you on your blog, where many of your supporters will read it, is opening that person to potential online abuse. You may want to consider the respectful action of removing identifying information from a post before you show it here.

  • kayla

    im not sure i would be on twitter to save my life. life is better tweet-free!

  • CrustyB

    I quit Twitter just over a year ago because I was it’s where stupid goes to thrive. Liberals seems to split their time evenly between preaching against hatred and engaging in hatred.

    Like an old boss told me, if you’re not pissing someone off, you’re not doing your job!

  • Bristol, Yeah, there are haters on Twitter, but the comments section of liberal blogs are the worst. I do mu best to counter the nonsense with the TRUTH about your Mom but some people just won’t read and comprehend facts.

  • Tootie

    It is Biblical. No one was hated like Jesus. If you want to get a reaction today, just call homoscxuality a sin. I was so proud of Kirk Cameron. He is not hateful but refused to back down on his comments that it was a sin. By contrast, Stephen Baldwin went on Rosie’s program!! There he told her pretty much what she wanted to hear. He didn’t make Jesus happy. How are people in bondage ever going to be delivered if they are told they are fine just as they are or that there is nothing to be done for them?

    • Dawn

      How about just minding your own business. What gives YOU the right to tell ANYONE who they can or cannot love. Most of the bigots will be long gone in the next 30 years and the world will be a better place. P.S. you don’t make Jesus happy.

  • Tawny Jones

    We love beautiful Bristol and the precious, proud, patriotic Palin family.

  • Young Explorer

    Twitter is only one of the anti social media that offers a bunch of hate tweets. Don’t take it as personally. I know it’s a hard thing to do.

    Bristol: You have a bright future ahead upfront your life. Use it as much as you can. For today, just ignore Twitter and do something to keep yourself more productive citizen. Sounds a good start?

  • Dennis Carr

    I went to Twitter for following Milla Jojovich only, but the next thing I saw was the fact that your very restricted on the amount that you can type.. Not so with FaceLessBook. I believe if people WERE required to use their Real name and they address nobody would be posting anything except the RIGHT.. Polite talk is required or you get removed.. HUFF&PUFF kicked me off for banging a lying stupid LEFT person and they complained.. So what, I logged with one of several services and they can’t keep me off… Heck at 74 you can not make me keep my mouth shut, it is my country too.

    • LMA

      “Polite talk is required or you get removed…HUFF&PUFF kicked me off for banging a lying, stupid LEFT person…”

      Priceless, Mr. Carr.

  • kittyknittel

    I have never gone on Twitter or Facebook. Feel we, as conservatives, need to stick with e-mail and even snail mail so we are able to “pick and choose” with whom we communicate. It does not enhance our lives to communicate with people who do not have core values the same as our own. We do need to do it in our personal daily lives at work, neighboring, church, etc., but then we are able to see the reactions and have a chance to pass on why we feel the way we do in a calm and nice way. And, at this point, the old “sticks and stones will break my bones but words will never hurt me” may be the way to go.

  • Thomas

    Bristol, just brush these haters off its not worth your time and safe your finger tips.

    • daryl

      I agree these losers don’t know what they are talking about.

  • Steve

    Bristol, we love you and your family and not only because you’ve put yourselves out there to represent the values we cherish. We like you because you’re fun and kind and loyal and courageous. You are our kind of people. Anyone in my family and circle of friends would take a verbal bullet for you guys anytime. I can say that confidently because we have stood up for you guys countless times over the past eight years and been hated on for it. People like Iglesias hate us because they hate God. They lash out because their hearts are filled with fear and jealousy, their minds are ignorant and their characters are withered with depravity. Don’t let it get to you, sister. Don’t even read it, I say. There are plenty of people like us out here but unlike the Palin haters on Twitter we have have life and we have better things to do every day than tweet about it all the time.

  • Bristol,

    I agree with Thomas just brush them off. They are usually people who don’t feel good about themselves.

  • Bristol,
    Let your light shine, don’t hide it from twitter or any where else! Because of the ungodly, you will suffer persecution, it’s not going to go away. I’ve been under attack too. I don’t have your platform so it’s not nearly to the degree yours is, but I must confess, I’m blessed by the fellowship of other believers. I hope I encouraged you.

  • Barbara Landi

    Haters don’t have a life. Poor them. Not.

  • Lidymae

    You are saying “twitter is full of haters”, what about Facebook? Whenever I post something or get something on my newsfeed about Obama, 6 times out of ten 10 it gets stamped with a “access denied”. Apparently Facebook doesn’t want anything bad posted about Obama. I am about to turn my computer off permanently.

  • Robin

    I love Bristol and her whole family if you hate her stop checking in on what she is up to. Go someplace else. God Bless you Bristol. p.s. own your book love it.

  • Kirstin Fitzgerald

    I like Twiiter but I try to keep to myself! I do follow you and you RT’d me one time! I’m one of your Twiiter supporters so if you see @KirstinPaige1 know it’s someone on your side 🙂

  • Thomas

    If I were to go on Twitter and post my historic documents it would blow their minds!

  • Sunny

    I don’t do twitter, don’t do facebook, don’t do hate.

  • Pss … : Ignore the Drones BP , keep on truckin ,U _ Betcha … ~ !

  • Monique

    I am on Twitter but rarely post on there and keep my account private for the most part. It is an easy place to hate I think because you can in few words and not really pay the price for it. Interesting article you found about it though. It does not surprise me.

  • TrueBlue

    Go to Huffington Post and read the article about Gabby Giffords. Then read the comments there from haters who mock her even as she continues on her arduous and brave road to recovery. And then let us know if the political left has a lock on social-media crassness. NO ONE should be subject to that.

    • melory

      Those haters at HuffPO are very likely liberals. It was a liberal who shot her after all, because she was too conservative for him. Other liberals hated on her for the same reason, remember Daily kos poster said “Giffords is dead to me”, etc.

      Much as people want to say conservatives fight as dirty as liberals, it is just not so. We tell the truth and we have the facts on our side, which liberals do not have, that is why they resort to hate.

      Example: Liberals are constantly fearmongering. It is not hate to say that, it is stating a fact. Here is a 3 minute 1995 video of the same old same old tactis- where have we heard this before?

      • Dawn

        Oh brother. You are too far gone.

        • melory

          So did, or didn’t a liberal shoot Ms Giffords?

          Don’t have to answer, have a beautiful day!

          • TrueBlue

            A crazy person shot Gabby Giffords, you crackhead. Have a beautiful day!

      • melory

        Nope, Ms Giffords was shot by a LIBERAL, there is no getting around that one!

        You libs are the ones obsessing with the political affiliation of the shooter, until it comes out that the shooter is a liberal ( as usually is the case) then suddenly you don’t care about political affiliation anymore.

        Fact is – liberals in Tucsan failed Ms Giffords and the other victims.

        They all knew the shooter was a danger to himself and others and they did nothing to get him off the street. His dad knew; the police knew (sherrif a liberal); college officials; Ms Gifford’s husband and staff also must have known – the shooter has stalked her for at least three years before he finally shot her.

        And now they are using the tragedy for political gain – like you did when you brought her up – have you liberals no shame?

        • melory

          The said liberals knew she was being stalked by a deranged liberal, they should have at least provided better protection for her.

  • melory
  • minnesotaguy

    I love twitter but i am also saying the same about you Bristol it is filled with hate but those that show a lot of hate on twitter i just delete them. The plus about twitter that i like is a lot of people share photos on twitter. For example i am a big sports fan and i follow a lot of pro-athletes and media members and like that i get to see different pictures and stats that i would never know of if they did not have twitter. So for my argument Twitter is good and the haters that are on there you can block and delete from seeing what they have to say about you.

  • CJ

    It breaks my heart to see you and the family subjected to the venemous, malevolent stench that I see all over the place these days! Not only is it on Twitter, it’s EVERYWHERE now and many, many wonderful people just like YOU, are their targets. You surely aren’t alone, not that knowing this makes it any easier to deal with. It is beyond despicable and begs the question as to what compels people to choose the darkness over “the light”……to spew hatred and filth instead of kindness and love?
    Their behavior is within their control yet, they opt to demean and defile themselves by their viscious actions without ever considering the major consequences of same which will most assuredly befall them when they least expect it. Then what? Will they have the intelligence to recognize that what they have done to others is rightfully returning to them ten fold? I can only hope and pray that they are able to make the connection, repent, and change their ways before it’s too late. But, sadly, way too many people are living under demonic deception and in denial of same.
    Their self righteous arrogance and sense of superiority alone is enough to identify who’s running their show and stealing their souls!! To them I say “WAKE UP”!
    To YOU, I say……..stay strong in the exquisite LIGHT OF CHRIST, meditate on Psalm 37, and PRAY for your enemies. They’re in bondage.

    Much LOVE always, and a great BIG Hug,


  • melory

    Great advice from CJ!

    Bris, you may also find helpful Dr Schlessinger’s book – How to survive a shark attack.

    I am not a fan of her, but I saw the title and I remembered the libs wanted to silence her with their lies and your mom defended her. Like with your mom, the libs have been trying to silence her for decades because they do not like her message, what is new! She talks about the attacks and how she has learned to deal with them with great wisdom and humor!

    Hope it will help.

    PS: You don’t have to be on twitter. Perhaps the Lord is calling you to a quiet place with Him, that is why He never allowed you to become too comfortable with the whole twitter thing.

    He can show you where and how to use social media more effective! All that chatter becomes a distraction and we end up fighting our battles in our own strength. As Christians we must be involved, but we need to get away from time to time to spend time with the Lord and hear what He has to say about all these things, and how He wants us to proceed!


    • TrueBlue

      Yep, that good ol’ Dr. Laura, lost her long-running radio show for her N-word rant! Mrs. Palin thought she had a right to say it all day long. Luckily, “Bris” doesn’t show any racist tendencies, so I think she’ll probably ignore this post, too.

      • melory

        You are quite the race baiter!

        Typical liberal, you don’t care about the facts, just spewing out the LSM version of events. Did you listen to her show that day? Of course you did not – that is why you call her a racist. Had you listen to her show that day, you would have been ashamed of your fellow liberals for twisting the facts.

        • TrueBlue

          You’re soooooo angry, Melory. I heard a recording of Dr. Laura’s horrible rant. In the digital age, pretty much all public recordings are readily accessible long after the fact. Do you live in the “holler” and still use an outhouse and Ham radio?

          • melory

            I am not a liberal – so I don’t get angry!

            So you are sure you have heard it all in context – and liberals would never think of editing any recording? Like ABC edited George Zimmerman’s 911 recording to make him look like a racist? Libs are good with this kind of thing, you know!

            I have wasted too much time on you already – you are just another brainwashed liberal, so: