online credibility

If online credibility or trust is an interesting subject for you, then I suggest you follow the discussion around the person behind @justchristinah.

@justchristinah is apparently a European young girl, fighting some kind of cancer. I’ve been following her myself and I even gave her a #FF. One of these nights, she was talking about having nightmares and we had a friendly conversation on how she could overcame the fear of the nightmares. She’s friendly!

Recently, however, I noticed some accusation tweets stating that she is “a fake”, meaning she was just faking to have a severe disease, cancer, in order to call the attention of lots of people to herself, getting consideration, sympathy, friendship, etc.. She disappeared for some days and then stated that she needed some time for herself. Now she’s back..

Without any prejudice against her, I’m much more interested in following the discussion, because it’s a fact that anyone can fake to be a different person, in a myriad of personalities and even so to be quite friendly and to have interesting conversations with you.

What do you think about it? Would love to have your comments or RT.

One thought on “online credibility

  1. First, let me say that, to me, it is not at all strange that anyone would take on a ‘fake identity’ of some sorts on any of the Internet’s social media. As these media are in reality a mirror of ‘the real world’, it makes sense that, here too, some people have the need of pretending to be someone they are not. Anyone of us has come across someone who was ‘a fake’ in real life, so why wouldn’t there be in the internet.

    I agree that it is not necessarily harmful, and indeed it can be even interesting to ‘talk’ to someone who really is a fake. We do read books, don’t we, and it is all a fake in most cases. Only, we call it fiction. There is, however, one thing that disturbs me here. When you read a book, you know you are reading fiction. When you try and comfort, or help, or just have feelings of sympathy for a ‘fake’ person there is something wrong. At times, you put a lot of energy in it, but on the grounds of a wrong assumption. You can choose between reading or not reading a book. In case of ‘meeting’ a fake in real life or in the social media, such a choice is not really given to you, unless you can see through the ‘fake’ identity. You act on an emotiional basis, which is quite OK, but the emotional basis turns out to be caused by a lie. That is what is wrong with it. No matter if this takes place in real life or in the internet.

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