Social Media's Role During Bombings
Now the latest on the Boston bombings.
Investigators said the bombs were pressure cookers packed with gunpowder and shrapnel.
The death toll remains at three with 176 others injured.
We've learned that President Obama will attend a memorial service in Boston Thursday morning.
For many Americans social media played a role in getting information on Tuesday about the bombings.
People posted pictures, videos and updates all over Facebook and twitter.
Many Americans also depended on facebook and twitter to find out if their friends and families were safe.
Michael Carrillo who is the Vice President of the Florida Track Club in Gainesville said me the first thought that ran through his head when he found out about the bombingS was if his club members were safe.
Carrillo said more than 10 Florida Track Club members ran in this years Boston Marathon.
As soon as he heard the news, he started calling, but didn't have any luck getting a hold of anyone.
Soon after some members started texting him, letting him know they were alive, but it was social media networks that helped confirm that all his fellow members had survived.
"People that we didn't get in touch with started posting on Facebook that they were ok and that other people had found them," said Carrillo.
Many others here in Gainesville took to twitter and Facebook to search for friends and relatives who might have been in boston at the time.
Check out this post from Michelle Adams from Gainesville who was a runner in the marathon.
She wrote a short post informing everyone that she was safe and in her hotel room.
People writing comments on how relieved they were to hear Adams was alive.
There were 22 people from North Cnetral Florida who ran in the Boston Marathon.
According to Topsy, a twitter analytics company, at around 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, there were more than 700,000 mentions on twitter of the "Boston Marathon."
The Univeristy of Florida Sikh Students Association will be holding a one mile run on the UF campus Wednesday morning at 9 a.m.in solidarity with the Boston Marathon runners.
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