Social media ignites, reacting to theater shooting - FOX 13 News

Social media ignites, reacting to theater shooting

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When FOX 13 posted news of the movie theater shooting on Facebook the shares, likes and comments spread like wildfire.

Even before the details were made public, the finger-pointing began. Online comments range from: "So sad prayers for the families," to "Makes sense, another gun toting idiot who thinks he's Robocop."

"There's a lack of civility and a lack of compassion for our fellow man in this story and that got ignored," said 102.5 the Bone radio host Drew Garabo.

Garabo saw his phone lines light up today with callers eager to discuss their thoughts on the shooting. Many of the calls weren't too far off from from the social media postings.

"I took the tactic today to try to educate. 'Look, let's wait, let's wait until more comes out on this.' I'm all for getting people's opinions, but an informed opinion is way more interesting to me," Garabo said.

"For whatever reason we have this need to rush to judgment to act first," he added.

That's become common place, especially online where it's just you and a computer.

Social media expert Heather Salovin with 202 Edge reminds us what we post online can come back to haunt us.

"People seem to have a lot less respect for others as well as themselves, and a lot less concern about how much these social conversations can follow them in search engines," Salovin said.

Simply put she says, don't forget who you represent on social media -- yourself, your family even your job.

"Use social media just as you would in face conversation. It's a great platform for being heard, but it shouldn't change the way that you conversate with people," she said.

In three Facebook posts about the shooting, FOX 13 saw more than 3,500 comments.

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