POSTED: Tuesday, April 16, 2013 - 6:53pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, April 16, 2013 - 6:54pm
Tyler , TX (KETK) — Social media became a lifeline between runners and spectators and their loved ones at the Boston Marathon.
"Our text messaging, our emails were full. We were trying to get a hold of everybody," said a Boston Marathon runner.
Text messaging and cell phone access was limited and people turned to Facebook and Instagram to notify loved ones if they were OK.
Others kept updating their Twitter accounts and Facebook statuses with information on what was going on.
And the tragedy went viral across the world.
"I really wasn't hearing or seeing the news and at the end of the day i just got on Facebook and that's kind of whatever was talking about."
"I was just scrolling through Facebook just like everybody else."
And the Vine video of the first bombing exploded on Twitter and was retweeted over 100,000 times.
"People who were participating in it gave the best point of view of what was happening at that time," said KETK Internet Content Coordinator Reagan Roy.
Roy says Twitter is the fastest growing information site.
10,000 different people accessed KETK's Twitter, Facebook and website, seeking answers to Monday's tragedy.
But, there were a lot of different stories being thrown around on the web.
Senior Lecturer for the school of Journalism at UT Austin Robert Quigley says this can be the problem with social media.
"This is one of the things where social media is the greatest thing to happen to breaking news and the worst thing because bad information can get around and a lot of bad information did go around yesterday," says Quigley.