Podcast: Social Media Resources for Boston Survivors and Friends

On today's social media edition of the Morning Media Menu, GalleyCat editor Jason Boog discussed a few resources that show technology at its most useful during a crisis like the one that runners, event organizers, and spectators faced yesterday at the Boston Marathon.

On today’s social media edition of the Morning Media Menu, GalleyCat editor Jason Boog discussed a few resources that show technology at its most useful during a crisis like the one that runners, event organizers, and spectators faced yesterday at the Boston Marathon.

First on the list was Google’s person finder tool, which was set up immediately following the explosions to help families and friends locate loved ones.

The Boston Marathon also tracked runners by name and bib number as they navigated the course. Runners or families looking to retrace their steps back to when the explosions occurred can still find their finishing times on the Boston Marathon website under “Athlete Tracking.”

Finding a place to stay after a big event like a marathon is hard enough in itself, but yesterday’s tragedy left many people stranded in the city. We talked about a site where people can offer their homes to  Boston Marathon attendees.

Finally, we discussed library resources to help parents talk to kids about the traumatic event while disturbing images and stories flood their phones, computers, and television screens.

Press play below to listen on SoundCloud. The show was hosted by GalleyCat editor Jason Boog. Click here to receive the Morning Social Media Newsfeed via email. Image by prapass via Shutterstock. Music by Kevin MacLeod.