A Social Media PSA

MLS in Austin
May 11, 2018 · 6 min read

  • Use the “mute conversations” and “block users” tools frequently. You’ll feel better.
  • Remove accounts not related to the thread in your replies on Twitter. Simply tap the list of names and uncheck the boxes of accounts who really don’t need to be on the thread anymore. We don’t want Austin seen as the annoying Twitter following. Seriously. Please start doing this.
  • Don’t use these posts as a jumping off-point to get into it with Crew fans and vice versa and don’t attack the press. Even if you think they are biased, they’re just trying to report on what’s happening.
  • They’re just doing their jobs and, we believe, are doing them well in both cities.
Sean Kelly, director of the “Save the Crew” film and Andrew Urban, VP of the MLS in Austin Supporters Group at McKalla Place
  • Austin fans are excited about MLS in our city for the first time.
  • These are not mutually contradictory feelings. We’ve seen people in Ohio and around the country supportive of Austin and understanding of the situation Crew fans are in. We ask that Crew fans understand our excitement that is years in the making and we ask our Austin fans understand the Crew fans emotions, also years in the making.
  • Debates on why the move could happen, of one city versus another, of one fan base over another, and other such back-and-forth are, at best, unproductive, and at worst hurtful and destructive to both our causes.
  • Do it and mean it. Don’t post about civility, then not follow through yourself.

The Mother’s Day Amnesty Program

Here’s our proposal going forward and what our SG intends to do. We hope our counterparts at Save the Crew will join us and do the same:

  • Trolling: Posts with no purpose in moving the conversation forward, only to provoke or antagonize.
  • Threats or encouragement or expressing a desire for harm or self-harm toward others.
  • Spamming of hashtag-only replies or images


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