Almost immediately, troll profiles began befriending other troll profiles (identifiable by handle and profile picture), forming an anti-social network of sorts.
Even I had a difficult time keeping accounts alive, despite the fact that I was rarely more than a bystander (I do admit to occasionally trolling Tea Party/moral majority types, and was once banned from a group of white supremacists for complimenting a gun-toting, Confederate flag bracelet-wearing bigot for his taste in accessories -- predictably, too close an accusation of homosexuality for comfort).
My gender was also an issue, as Facebook trolling, like trolling generally, is an absolute sausagefest. Nearly two years and dozens of collaborators later, I've encountered a mere handful of female trolls, only one of whom has been willing (though not at all eager) to chat via Skype.
Rather, the vast majority of trolls' RIP energies are directed at so-called "grief tourists," users who have no real-life connection to the victim and who, according to the trolls, could not possibly be in mourning. As far as trolls are concerned, grief tourists are shrill, disingenuous and, unlike grieving friends and families, wholly deserving targets. The much-ridiculed statement "I didn't know you but I'm very sorry you're dead" is therefore seen as a flashing neon declaration of trollability.
Even Paulie Socash, one of the most -- let's say committed -- trolls I've encountered, and whose standard response to criticism of trolling is an emphatic HEY GUYS THE POWER BUTTON IS RIGHT THERE, has at times struggled with particularity. He is, after all, a normal guy who also happens to be a troll, and the normal guy side of the equation (which, for the record, is really quite pleasant) doesn't always align with his trolling persona. So when he messaged one afternoon to say that the inevitable finally happened, that he stumbled upon an RIP page dedicated to his son's friend's recently deceased sister, I knew he was genuinely concerned.
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