Ellie Soutter: People bombard wrong 'Ellie Souter' with condolence messages after tragic death of 18-yr-old snowboarder
In what is turning out to be a common occurrence, thousands ended up tagging the wrong Ellie on Twitter after snowboarder Ellie Soutter's death
The tragic death of 18-year-old team Great Britain Olympic hopeful and snowboarding star Ellie Soutter on her birthday has left most in shock, with her passing confirmed by her father in a heartbreaking post on Facebook. The supremely talented teen specialized at the freeride and boardercross disciplines and was earmarked for the Olympic team that would go to the Winter Olympics in Beijing. But despite her relative fame, it appears Twitterati are confusing her with another Ellie, who of course, has no relation to the snowboarder.
As the news of the teen's death spread, thousands took to the social media platform to express their genuine condolences. However, quite a few of these, despite possibly harboring good intentions, ended up spelling her name wrong or tagging an entirely unrelated person in their tweet. Here are just a few of them:
@ellie_souter RIP— Brandon (@420BrandonJ) 26 July 2018
No reports on how Ellie Souter died... at 18? Who dies at 18? The chance of dying at that age is like less than a half a percentage.— 😄 Boring Dude ℹ (@PuggySharps) 26 July 2018
What a talent that Ellie Souter looked to be ..shown her on Olympic future star...When is our nation going to tackle this epidemic called suicide and young people ...— ian barton (@bourneblue) 26 July 2018
Rest in peace Ellie Souter died too young at 18yrs😢— Susan Claire Smith (@SusanClaireSmi3) 26 July 2018
OMG! Ellie Souter has died on her 18th birthday. 😢— S-J Pudner (@BunnyNut) 26 July 2018
Just read about Ellie Souter so sad 18 years old bless her and her family xx— Christine McCarthy (@Christi65969038) 26 July 2018
Very sad news regarding Ellie Souter. Only 18 tragic. #rip— Nick Ford (@NickWFord) 26 July 2018
RIP Ellie Souter :(— cameron je (@cameronstewx) 26 July 2018
Then there were those who despite being told they were tagging the wrong person, still continued to insist that this other random person was dead.
She passed away mate— kevin armes (@armes_kevin) 26 July 2018
While there are those who intend to make such celebrity deaths about themselves and want to cash in on that sweet 'fake internet points,' it's almost certainly cases where the wrong spelling was a genuine mistake. After all, with regards to this most recent death, Soutter and Souter are not too far apart.
The result is that quite possibly thousands ended up spelling the name wrong, and unsurprisingly, it's not all too uncommon. While this time around, not too many ended up tagging this other Ellie in their posts, there are several cases where a completely innocent person ends up the target of a horde's wrath just because their name was spelled almost the same way.
It could happen to anyone, even, say, the President of the United States. Trump has a long history of tagging the wrong person during his rants on Twitter, almost always resulting in an unsuspecting user finding himself/herself bombarded with hate messages from his throngs of supporters.
Here's one of him tagging the wrong Theresa May and instead linking an account with only six followers:
RIP Theresa Scrivener pic.twitter.com/EbuEHMUntA— Rex Santus (@rexsantus) 30 November 2017
Then, there's the time where he tagged the wrong Macy's and the wrong Master's golf tournament in one tweet, and also one where he presumably meant to tag Martin Scorcese but ended up tagging no one at all:
A great @The Masters. The course looks so beautiful. Fantastic for golf and television ratings!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 12 April 2015
"@JamieScoins: Would you approve of Martin @ Scorsese or Francis Ford Coppola ever directing a movie of your life ? Would be fascinating!"— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 9 January 2015
Suffices to say, it's quite a common occurrence, but an easily avoidable one. The next time you're at your keyboard furiously expressing how your thoughts and prayers to the family of the deceased, just double check the spelling to ensure they're going out to the right family.