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Weird Tuesday, November 2nd 2010 at 12:04 pm

5 Self-Illustrative Guides to Trolling

Trolling, or “posting inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community, such as an online discussion forum, chat room, or blog, with the primary intent of provoking other users into a desired emotional response or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion” (h/t Wikipedia), is the hot new Internet trend, and a guaranteed way to increase your social media currency.

But the million-dollar question is: How can aspiring viral marketers harness the power of trolling for greater user engagement in online communities? These five self-illustrative trolling guides will show you the way. Feel free to copy-paste them into the Internet community of your choice.

1. Great YouTube video on trolling, though 4:47 is admittedly a little on the long side.

2. Neat three-step guide to trolling; click to see full-sized.

3. Good advice from 4chan founder moot (a.k.a. Kristoff Poole); whoever made this GIF made a typo and wrote “trolling is a art” instead of “trolling is an art,” but this very insightful point still stands.

4. David Thorne, founder of 27bslash6.com, has a little fun with us with an “animated GIF” which takes a long time to load, but is totally worth it.

5. This comic, featuring the popular “trollface” character in the final panel, pretty much says it all.

(via the Internet)

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