Since this is my last blog for our Introduction to Social Media course I wanted to talk about the upcoming Boston Marathon. As many of you are probably aware since it was all over the media, yesterday marked the first anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings and social media was very active to commemorate the events. I have been monitoring what was being said or posted on Twitter, CNN and Facebook through out the day and learned a lot about the event, injuries and the recovery of the people who were affected by the bombings. It was overwhelming seeing the footage and made me realize how thankful we should be and appreciate life for what it is.
Have your heard? Last night, a guy dressed in black not wearing shoes ran on Boylston Street near the finish line yelling “Boston Strong” then dropped backpacks and left. The Boston Police bomb squad had to respond and did a controlled detonation of them for precautionary reasons. The male suspect was arrested told the Boston Police that he had a rice cooker in the backpack. I can only image the amount of police personnel that will be present for the safety of all.
Some of the popular Twitter accounts during the day where @OneFundBoston, @bostonpolice and @BostonFire. Inspiring pictures and mentions that were posted on social media included hashtags such as #BostonStrong and #BostonMarathon.
Why am I so attached to this event? Well, I will be running next Monday’s Boston Marathon and feel very privileged to be able to participate. Last year I didn’t run due to an injury….thank god! This year will be my fourth Boston Marathon and will be by far my most exciting and emotional race ever.
Let’s say I will be very aware of my surroundings before, during and after the race. Sad to think like that isn’t it? Boston Strong.