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Social Media Impacts Boston Bombings Investigation

By: Lily Wu - Email
By: Lily Wu - Email

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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

A cell phone with a camera is helping spread information quicker than before.

"Social media is really just word of mouth on steroids," said Lou Heldman, social media strategists at Wichita State University's Elliott School of Communication.

Social media is helping law enforcement piece together what happened in Boston. On Twitter alone, authorities continue asking people to send photos and videos that may help solve this crime.

"What they're doing is essentially taking a giant jigsaw puzzle, that doesn't come in a box. that's scattered across thousands of cell phones," said Heldman.

He offered one word of advice on social media.

"You need to develop trusted sources on Facebook and Twitter because you don't want to believe something that someone is sitting in their basement making up," he said.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is asking people with visual images, video, and/or details to e-mail them at boston@ic.fbi.gov. They said that no piece of information or detail is too small.


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