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Where do you feel the most supported online?

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Reflective_Joy
Hello Cybersmilers! Hope you're enjoying your Friday and ready for the weekend!

I was just reflecting on all the amazing social media sites and gaming communities we are apart of and it got me thinking, which site do you feel the most welcomed and supported?

The support can come from the administrators or just the community itself.
It can be because you have more control of your privacy settings ( which means you can filter out abuse or trolling) or it could be the server or friends list you have chosen to be a part of.

For me, it's Twitter and Facebook and of course, Cybersmile!

Where do you feel the safest and most supported online?
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heidilynnrussell
I'm with you, Reflective Joy:
I know this will sound like I'm brown-nosing, but it's true -- I would rank Cybersmile Number One for "safest and most welcoming." In fact, when I first discovered this site, I was very grateful. I was struggling personally with feeling like there was not a place on the Internet where a person could express support for others, gain support for themselves and also just post their thoughts without harassment. Cybersmile is definitely a breath of fresh air, and when I need to come up for oxygen, I hit this site.

I'd rank number 2 as Pinterest, because on there, you can post photos that inspire you or things that you'd like to dream about (I have one board devoted to future trips I would like to take) ... favorite recipes, etc. There is nothing hurtful on that site at all.

And I'd put Twitter at #3, because although there are privacy protections and blocking features, I still run into trolls, even though I have made an effort to keep my feed positive. Usually that happens, however, if I stray into a political discussion, and I have to be in the right frame of mind to do that, knowing the repercussions for attracting negative people.

I actually quit using Facebook about 3+ weeks ago. I still have my profile, but I put up a note at the top saying I was taking a break and listing my contact info for friends or family who want to stay in touch. I felt that there was so much negativity on the site. Since I have stopped using it, I feel much "lighter" and happier and peaceful. I may never go back!

I'm curious to see what other people post here. Great thread, thanks for posting it!
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Marti
Gotta agree that Cybersmile is number one!
As far as social media is concerned I feel more looked after on Twitter than Facebook. Not sure why, Facebook seems a bit riskier somehow and they are always 'experimenting' with the way it works.
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Cyberninja
I was a regular contributor to a martial arts forum a few years back and they were a great bunch of people. Lots of differences of opinion but no arguments and it was very well moderated. After a few months they asked me to be a mod which was great and made me feel valued. Go where you're celebrated not tolerated!! is my motto, thats why I like it here at Cybersmile. :))
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heidilynnrussell
I love what CyberNinja said:

"Go where you're celebrated, not tolerated."

What a great outlook -- I'm going to remember that in the future!
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Reflective_Joy

In reply to Cyberninja

I Second that! Great motto to live by.
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Wanesite
For me, the safest social media would be Google+. It has a lot of privacy control, trolls in communities and pages get kicked by moderators which most of them aren't working for google which means it is more monitored that Facebook, and the last but not least important, on Google+ there are no ads. Facebook ruins the privacy of their users through ads, what they 'like', what they watch. But Google+ doesn't. Facebook has 'like and emoticons' so when an user is impressed by a post to 'like' it by an emoticon, but Google+ has +1 to do that which means it is more neutral. There are many positive sides of Google+ compared to Facebook.
I still use Facebook, but only for talking with friends, for some notifications or news I need to know about my karate club, and for games.

From video-game communities I really like the community of a project multiplayer game on Steam. On that not launched officially game I made so many good friends that I play with them everyday. Some speak Brazilian language, probably I'm going to learn their language soon.

Oh, but this community is the most positive, the safest and best place to share thoughts. This community is no1.
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heidilynnrussell
I did not know about Steam, and I am going to share this with my 12-year-old.
Thanks, Wanesite!!!
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GamerGirl
Hi,
I think Cybersmile has really helped the whole anti Cyberbullying and abuse thing. They are a super supportive community. In terms of platforms I think Twitter are making the most effort but in gaming Riot games are doing some amazing work at League of Legends.
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Reflective_Joy

In reply to Wanesite

Thank you Wanesite for your feedback. I really liked your thoughts on Google+! I don't think many people are aware of the privacy options and general culture that Google+ provides. So thank you for mentioning it.