Exactly one year ago, a study came out from researchers at Beihang University in China examining more than 70 million tweets from 200,000 users on Weibo (China's insanely popular version of Twitter) showing that anger was the most viral emotion on social media. For those of us who spend any time on connection-based sites, this is no surprise. Somehow spreading happiness is less inspiring to people than sharing tales of injustice, casual affronts, righteous indignation, or whatever else gets someone's ire up. Anger fuels its own fire.
So I should not have been surprised when I recently posted something happy online that was met with instant negativity. And yet, I am -- both surprised and disappointed.