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In Bombing's Aftermath, Solidarity Spreads on Social Media

After two bombs exploded at the Boston Marathon, social media became a place to report information about the events. As the hours wore on, social media users began to spread messages and images of solidarity and hope.


  1. Google created a "Person Finder" to allow individuals to enter inquiries about people they are searching for in Boston, or to add details about someone's whereabouts. By mid-day Tuesday, about 5,400 records had been created.
  2. Person Finder: Boston Marathon Explosions I'm looking for someone I have information about someone Currently tracking about 5400 records. Resources related to the 2013 Boston Marathon Explosions • Boston Mayor's Hotline for families of victims: 617-635-4500 • Boston Police line for witnesses who may have information: 800-494-8477 • Red Cross Safe and Well
  3. And a Google Doc created for Bostonians to list available rooms for stranded runners and Marathoners quickly went viral on social media. 
  4. The hashtag #BostonHelp circulated widely on Twitter as a way to share -- and ask for -- information about services for victims, hotline numbers and donations for support.
  5. A WSJ video by producer Jason Bellini looked at the Twitter hashtags that spread quickly to support responders and victims in Boston.
  6. This photo of a projection on the facade of the Brooklyn Academy of Music -- expressing solidarity between New Yorkers and the people of Boston -- was shared over 2000 times.
  7. Photo by roanzone * Instagram
    Photo by roanzone * Instagram
  8. In another sign of city solidarity, at New York's City Hall, officials lowered New York's flag and raised the Boston flag to half staff.
  9. And in front of the Supreme Court, the U.S. flag stood at half staff.
  10. Amidst the horror, many social media users shared images of hope and inspiration. Here, a first responder carries what appears to be a child; an image taken by Kylie Atwood of CBS News that was retweeted over 340 times. 
  11. This image, of a couple reunited after the explosion, was shared over 1,400 times.