News Of Boston Marathon Explosions Spreads Through Facebook

By Justin Lafferty 

Not long after two explosions reportedly killed two people and injured several others Monday at the Boston Marathon, people started using Facebook to not only share news, but to share well wishes for those involved and donate to the American Red Cross. Runners and spectators on the scene have also used Facebook to alert family that they’re OK.

The Boston Marathon used its Facebook page to confirm that the explosions were set off by bombs:

Shortly after the explosions, Facebook users started sharing photos from the scene, as well as prayers and well wishes for those killed or injured in the blasts. Many other people in Boston started using social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook to tell family and friends that they’re safe.

The Facebook + Journalists page also highlighted a photo by The Boston Globe‘s Steve Silva, who was covering the event for the newspaper. Silva used his Timeline to keep people up-to-date on news from the scene.

If you wish to help out through Facebook, the American Red Cross has a Facebook app that accepts donations. The Red Cross also shared a link through its Facebook page to its safe and well page, which allows those in Boston to tell friends and relatives that they are out of harm’s way: