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Clemson Students Track Washington Navy Yard Shooting Via Social Media

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Students at Clemson University use technology to track the response on social media of the Washington Navy Yard shooting. Students at Clemson University use technology to track the response on social media of the Washington Navy Yard shooting.
CLEMSON, S.C. -

Tweets and posts came in soon after reports of a shooting at the Naval Sea Systems Command Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

"We are pulling in over 10,000 tweets," said director Joe Mazer for the College of AAH Social Media Listening Center at Clemson University.

That was at 2:00 p.m. Monday. Since then, Mazer says there has been more than 30,000 mentions of the shooting on sites, like Facebook and Twitter.

Mazer oversees Clemson's Social Media Listening Center which uses new technology to capture real-time information being shared by people across the globe.

"One of my Facebook friends knew one of the persons who had passed away," says Clemson student Lauren Olds.

Olds is part of a growing trend. Experts say more and more people are using social media than ever before to stay informed and share opinions on different issues.

The majority of information about the shooting Monday was provided by CBS, NBC, FOX and CNN, but it was re-tweeted and shared by millions of people.

Students in the Social Media Listening Center tracked public sentiment. Mazer says Upstate residents disclosed feelings of sadness, anger and outrage.

They were unable to find out exactly how many South Carolinians used social media to express themselves, but Mazer says at least 3,000 mentions came from the Southeast.

While the university can use technology to monitor online conversations, they can not pull information that is protected by firewalls, passwords or security settings.

Mazer says students and faculty can only see tweets or posts that are made public.

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