It makes me sad to see when the internet decides to gang up on someone after they slip up or do some perceived wrong, and so they amass all their friends to bully the shit out of them. We're all nerds aren't we? I thought we escaped to the internet to avoid being judged for everything we do. :P
Now the thing that prompted this post — I admit to barely knowing them and I don't know the other people involved at all. Reading up about it, I'm not going to justify the things they did, but I don't think they deserve to be ganged up upon, this isn't how you fix things. When I screwed up, a friend confronted me personally and explained how I was screwing up and what I should be doing. I'm trying not to let things get to me and make sure I improve myself. My friend didn't publicly out me for something that went wrong.
I'm scared that I'll become the target for someone's personal army. Instead of trying to sort it out personally, people would rather make someone's reputation go down the loo. This is not about popularity, but this activity on social media does create association. The internet has a problem with handing issues and abuse. I'm more afraid of people responding with vitriol than being told I'm wrong. If I mess up, maybe there's a reason! Maybe you're wrong and my experience takes precedence over what you think! But it feels like that doesn't matter at all.