Holly Carpenter: I know Brian McFadden's pain when it comes to nasty online trolls
Published 29/01/2016 | 07:18
It wasn't only Kanye West who lost his rag on Twitter this week, as our own Brian McFadden found himself in a war of words with a couple of petty internet trolls.
He posted a photo online of him taking part in Channel 4's new skiing competition, The Jump.
The caption read: "This year @TheJumpC4 has gone to new heights", to which someone responded: "Unlike your career hey?"
It's safe to say Brian didn't see the funny side of this jibe and replied: "Shut your face c***" before adding "Or I'll find IP address find out where you live and strangle you with your f*****g mouse".
I've recently been at the receiving end of a few nasty tweets. As much as I'd like to say "I have a thick skin, it didn't bother me at all", I'm only human. A couple of them kind of got to me.
Like Brian, I may have wanted to drop the 'C bomb' when referring to a few people who tweeted me. However, that was over a glass of wine with the girls in my home, not on Twitter.
As difficult as it can be, I think the best and only way to deal with trolls is to ignore them. All they want is a reaction.
I doubt the people who targeted the singer online would have the balls to walk up to him in broad daylight and slag him over his career to his face. I don't believe some of those grown men would have the nerve to try and insult me to my face, because I would be well able for it.
I feel kind of sorry for anyone who builds up a brave, online persona and then fails to back it up. The only person they're fooling is themselves and maybe they should consider taking up a more positive hobby.
When I found myself getting p***ed off with a few people slagging me online, I temporarily deleted my Twitter app, to the relief of my family and friends. It's easier to keep a cool head during the day and brush it off.
But a few G&Ts down the line, it would be a different story and I would have been one nasty tweet away from aggressively typing foul-mouthed replies and pulling a Kanye on it. I would have found myself drowning in "the fear" the next day if I had to go through my timeline deleting death threats and insults.
It seems like Adele - who has almost 24m Twitter followers - has the right idea when it comes to keeping a cool head online. After putting her foot in it a few times, two people must now read her messages, which are then "signed off" by someone else before they go live. I love her for admitting that, I'd say she'd be unreal craic on a night out.