CINCINNATI - Opinions flood social networks in moments of nationwide controversy. Elections, gay marriage, abortion and other hot topics are minefields that can blow friendships to smithereens.
The George Zimmerman trial is just the latest case in point. After a Florida jury acquitted him of second degree murder in the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, there were more than 1 million posts about the verdict within 12 hours.
On Facebook, users questioned their friends' qualifications to comment on legal matters--not to mention their morals and ethics.
According to Forbes , there are twelve things people should think about before they post. And, before attaching your name to an online opinion, Forbes recommends this checklist:
Shannan Boyer, founder of Covington's Scooter Media, agrees that social media friends should think before they post something controversial.
"Social media usage has really blurred the lines between personal and professional," Boyer said. "For many of us, our Facebook friends are not just our friends, but family members, colleagues, bosses, clients, and even our children. What were once private conversations held offline between select individuals, are now very, very public."
Boyer offers these tips to anyone who's looking to post their position on a social media platform:
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