When it comes to revenge, they say that it’s a dish best served cold. Today, it seems that when it comes to ex-partners and ex-flames, its best served online. Revenge is as old as man and his ego. Heck, they even have bestsellers on the subject.
With the coming of age of the very public World Wide Web, pouring vitriol on your partner has taken on another dimension. It’s like being hauled up to the town square and given a very public tongue lashing. But don’t get me wrong here. I am not writing this post with a broken heart. I am writing it with an inquisitiveness that’s born out of watching such ‘breaking news’ given top billing by even major news channels.
So, let’s check out some myriad (and creative) ways to take revenge on your ex-partner after a relationship has gone south.
Use Social Media
Social media like Facebook and Twitter has turned us into vampiric voyeurs. Just change your relationship status message and see the comments you collect. But scorned partners take it further…much further. Posting images of your ex is by far the most common but suspicious spouses also use the relative anonymity of social networks to pose as someone else and catch their ‘worse’ half’s in the act.
Did you know that Facebook Cheating has found a place in popular lingo today along with Facebook Divorce? Check out Facebookcheating.com for more relationship horror stories. So you really aren’t alone when it comes to venting it out on Facebook or any other social media. Remember Facebook has a ‘Friends of Friends’ sharing option!
Blast Away With a Blog
In simple words – put it out on a blog. If you can start a blog about your cats and their favorite pet foods, why not stick it to your ex-flame with sulfurous words. From the free WordPress to Tumblr, you have options galore.
Auction off on eBay
If you are looking for an instance, look no further than this woman who started a whole garage sale of her ex-husband’s belongings on eBay. The image if I remember went viral very fast, probably inspiring other entrepreneurial broken hearts in its wake.
Ex Revenge Pics Say A Thousand Words
This is perhaps the most common ways of showcasing your anger. Ex revenge pics by jilted lovers are the stuff of online voyeurs…and all of us have seen a fair share of them. Photo upload and sharing sites like Flickr do their bit by giving you lots of descriptive tags (hate, venom, revenge, feelings, relationships etc.) to use with the photos. Put in a caption and you are set to use photo albums like real world graffiti walls. Oh yes, mark it public.
Remember Paris Hilton and Kim Kardashian? They achieved intended or unintended notoriety with their sex tapes. You really don’t have to go that far, but just use the visual razzmatazz of YouTube to vlog about your broken heart or an angered one. Tricia Walsh Smith’s video in 2008 is a famous example. She describes her ordeals and makes embarrassing claims about her husband and his family.
Rant Out On Revenge Websites
When you are booked in heartbreak hotel, you know that you have to let it out. You will be surprised by the sheer number of websites out there that are jostling to hear your cries. The below mentioned sites are just a sampling, but browse through. Most of them have a community too. Going stag could start looking attractive all over again.
Use Google’s ‘Disadvantage’
If you know something about ego-Googling then you will understand what I mean. It’s what Google turns up when you search with your name and see the mentions. The more places you use to extract your pound of revenge with the name of your ex, better are the chances of his or her name turning up on a Google results page (along with the morally loose details of course).
The Best Option…Let Go With Good Advice
But finally it boils down to one simple inescapable fact – you have to let go. The best advice I ever read on the subject was that the best revenge you could ever do to the person who broke your heart, is to let them see that you’re happy without them. So have your revenge if you must, but then douse the fire for your flame and put out some constructive advice on how you stepped over the broken shards of your relationship. That could be your true cathartic moment.
The Final Nail in the Coffin
What’s not done is posting doctored images. What’s not done is spreading lies. What’s not done is collateral damage on others. The web could be the best agony aunt out there. But do remember that everything has consequences. Revenge is usually a double-edged sword – you will get a few cuts too. You could fall prey to cyber-stalking or even cyber-laws in your part of the world. This article merely seeks to highlight the ways the web is currently being used for extracting revenge on an ex. Good or bad…revenge will unfortunately never go out of fashion.
Have you ever used the web to get back at someone? Did you feel better afterwards? Would you advice against it or promote it?