Google has mobilised its social networking and search tools to help the people of Boston connect with friends and families in the wake of Monday's bombings.
The company has launched a special site to allow those who were in the city during the attack check in with a special edition of its Person Finder tool.
The Person Finder tool will allow users to both look for information on friends and family, and check in with information on themselves and others.
By 5pm local time the company said that it had some 100 records on the service, less than three hours after a pair of explosions left at least two people dead and dozens more with serious injuries. The attacks appear to have been targeted at attendees of the city's annual marathon race.
A third bomb was later discovered and disposed of by police, while authorities are debating whether a fire at the John F Kennedy Library occurring during the same time frame was related to the bombings.
Just hours after the attack, word of the attacks is dominating the conversation on Twitter and Facebook. With runners flocking from around the world to take part in the Boston Marathon, local news sources have opened calls for updates on citizens who may have been attending the race.
Those who are in Boston seeking to contact runners are being directed to a meet-up location Boston Common. Police are asking the public to avoid gathering in large crowds and citizens are being asked to stay away from the area of the bombings.
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