Social media provides comfort, information after Boston bombing

People flocked to Facebook and Twitter in the aftermath of the bombing Monday at the Boston Marathon, mostly in search of information about loved ones in the area. The online chatter was notable for being more restrained, and generally more accurate, than what was seen after the school shootings in Newtown, Conn., in December, a Boston Globe editorial says. "Many tweets, for instance, were careful to cite specific sources or to assure readers of multiple confirmations. It seemed that, for one day, being first had taken a backseat to being right," the editorial says.

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