Boston Marathon Tragedy: How Social Media is helping

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As we continue to get news about the blasts that occurred at the Boston Marathon are being reported it was amazing to see how people were helping via social media. It was reported yesterday that phone lines were down and cell phone calls could not get through. However, smartphones enabled some to send text messages and update social media accounts.

People took to social media sites like Twitter and Instagram to notify loved ones that they were OK. Others used Twitter as a tool to reach out and ask those in the area to post updates.

Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency tweeted, “if you are trying to reach friends or family and can’t get through via phone, try texing instead (less bandwidth)”

Boston Police are also using social media to solicit potential clues as to what happened, and posted on Twitter: “Boston Police looking for video of the finish line #tweetfromthebeat.”

Google even set up a site called Google Person Finder in which you can look to find loved ones.

If you are looking for people or news regarding the situation at the Boston Marathon try one of the links below:

If you are a runner looking for a place to stay click here.

If you have a place to offer for a Boston marathon runner click here.

And if you are able to help those in need please contact the Red Cross-MA.

I pray for all those that are injured, impacted, and watching.

Prayers and love!

Xo Deena

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