Mass Shooting and Social Media

December 15, 2012 Updated Dec 15, 2012 at 8:22 PM EDT

By Jason Gruenauer

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December 15, 2012 Updated Dec 15, 2012 at 8:22 PM EDT

BUFFALO (WKBW) Following the horrific mass shooting in Connecticut, people around the world reacted in real time, using social media and the internet to share their thoughts, feelings, and more.

"I think a lot of people just want answers and they're going to social media for that," Nicole Schuman of SchuShine Communications said.

As the tragedy unfolded in Connecticut, more and more people turned to their computers or smart phones and social media networks like Facebook and Twitter.

"I think people just want to feel a sense of community and part of a group and binding together," Schuman added.

Western New Yorkers both contributed to, but also noticed the wave of posts and tweets immediately following the breaking news

"My friends and family, all over it was Twitter and Facebook. I know that's where most of us are connecting and sharing how we feel about it," Jennifer Yund said.

Yulia Gould is visiting Buffalo from Russia, and says she first found out about the shooting via Twitter.

"Every second of my friends, every second post was about that, so it was obviously that something horrible had happened and people were upset by that," she said.

And while some say the overwhelming amount of posts dilutes the sincere thought behind them, Nicole Schuman argues otherwise.

"You can say it's just technology but I think it's also bringing out the good in humanity. I mean, even saying that you're thinking of the families, it's just showing that people care about what's going on in the world," she