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Social media source for Boston Bomber manhunt

3 years 5 months 1 week ago April 19, 2013 Apr 19, 2013 Friday, April 19 2013 April 19, 2013 6:40 PM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Rob Krieger

BATON ROUGE- As viewers kept their eyes glued to the TV while the Boston Bomber manhunt ensued, they also used social media to keep updated on events.

Whitney Breaux, a social media expert, knows the release of the suspects' images was a watershed moment for the case, thanks to social media.

"The power of [a cell phone], in order to aid police and FBI, and really figuring out what happened in this particular situation, the fact that people could look at their phone and look at a picture and think back to that special moment in time, where these folks where actually doing real harm and disservice to our country, the cell phone is becoming a more powerful instrument than any of us thought it could be," said Breaux.

Even while media outlets were being held back by police tape, social media was used to get first hand accounts out fast.

"You look at the incident that happened, where a standoff occurred, between the suspect and police, an entrepreneurial video camera actually took video of the suspect in a shootout with police, the power of a cell phone enables each of us to do that," said Breaux.

That's exactly why LSU uses the technology during game days and why they'll allow fans to text problems during the Spring Game tomorrow, which is expected to bring in at least 30,000 fans.

"Any type of issue in the stadium, if there's a feeling of un-comfort, an unruly fan, customer related items, facilities around your environment that you want to report, we want to hear about it," said David Taylor, LSU Athletics.

While you're at the stadium you text "LSU" then a your issue and location to 69050.

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