What is it about?
We use tweets to examine emotional responses, calls for action, and information sharing, after a mass shooting on a college campus. We found that positive responses, such as hope, peaked a day later than negative responses like anger or disgust. News sources were more often shared than the institutional sources to this college shooting.
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Why is it important?
Understanding the pattern of emotions in a community after a mass shooting can help campuses and communities to better plan timely interventions. Twitter's rapid sharing of information and reactions can capture a portrait of a community in the digital sphere.
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This page is a summary of: Coming together in a digital age: Community twitter responses in the wake of a campus shooting, PLoS ONE, December 2022, PLOS, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0279569.
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