When you want to be up on every piece of breaking news, social media is an invaluable, unique and unfiltered way to get news.
A medic in Boston tweeted out a photo Monday evening of ambulances standing by in case more were needed. As of 8 o'clock Boston time, she says they were still out there.
Regular people are trying to help in the search for suspects too. In one photo going around, you can see one of the blasts in the distance, at street level, but the interest among those sharing the photo is on a nearby roof where you can see a person. Another tweet of the photo breaks the shot down into various stages of zooming in.
A different photo tweeted out is said to be of a man being arrested in Boston Common--the city's main park. No word if the case is actually related to the marathon explosions.
One person posting online took issue with the TV coverage of what happened. She thought it was insensitive to show the blasts were being played over and over. In terms of graphic images though, the TV pictures do not even come close to the bloodiness shown in some photos being shared online.
More than anything, there were well-wishes, prayers, and tangible support for those directly affected by the disaster.
If you needed a place to stay in Boston, there was a long list available for anyone to see on Google docs. People signed up by putting their names, emails, phone numbers, and information about how much room they have, and where they live.
Need help? Just ask. The Red Cross has a similar setup.
A lot of celebrities have been posting messages online too. The actor Jason Biggs sent out one that's kind of eerie. Shortly after the explosions, he took note of the "word of the day" sent out by an online dictionary for April 15: the word is "heinous."'
With so much attention being paid to what happened, our kids are likely to hear about some of I, which is why Boston Children's Hospital sent out a link to an article titled: "Talking to children after tragedy."
If you know someone who runs a lot, you might know runners have a kinship with one another.
One tweet Monday said: "as a runner, I feel like someone just attacked my friends. As a person, I'm just horrified."
About breaking news and social media, Larry says: "social media shared the sentiments of the country and that was to pray for the victims."
From Dale: "People are so eager to report something it seems as we get too much speculation and/or unreliable reports.
Katie says: "It keeps us up-to-date, gives us all an opportunity to discuss our personal stories and begin the healing process."