Tools, information spread to aid in marathon bombing

Posted Monday, Apr. 15, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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In the Digital Age, when news breaks almost instantaneously, the tools of everyday, 21st Century life like social media networks and crowd-sourcing software become powerful aids in desperate times. Monday, when bombs went off at the Boston Marathon, was no different.

Boston live blog

Many flocked to and for information. In fact, so many went to the sites that they were down for some time. To keep readers updated, the Boston journalists transitioned a live-blog that was covering the race to a feed of breaking information as it was fed in from the bombing scene. From a finish line video vividly showing the first explosion by sports producer Steve Silva to a Google Doc that allowed Boston residents to offer housing to runners who couldn’t get back to their hotels, the live-blog served as a wide-ranging hub of information.

People finder:

Tech giant Google released a Person Finder page that allowed users to track someone who was unaccounted for or to input information known about those involved.

From the ground

People on the scene used social media to tell stories and send in information as they saw it while those all over sent support, spread important news and debunked rumors. Here’s a round-up of tweets about the Boston Marathon:

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