Find Boston Facebook Friends & Other Tech Resources

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Many reports said cell service was shut off by the major carrier following the bombings at the Boston Marathon. Ars Technica reports that’s probably untrue. Here’s what the major carriers said:

“Verizon Wireless has been enhancing network voice capacity to enable additional calling in the Copley Square area of Boston. Customers are advised to use text or email to free up voice capacity for public safety officials at the scene. There was no damage to the Verizon Wireless network, which is seeing elevated calling and data usage throughout the region since the explosions occurred.” via Verizon News

“Boston customers may have issues w/wireless voice & data service due to spike in network activity. Our Wi-Fi remains on at #BostonMarathon.” via AT&T on Twitter

“Our thoughts are with everyone in Boston.” via T-Mobile on Twitter


Google launched a Person Finder to help you locate and find status updates on friends and family affected. Anyone can search, contribute or update the database.


You can search for your Facebook Friends that live in Boston using two methods. First, if you have graph search enabled (just a small percentage of people do) you can just search for “friends in boston” and get the results.

Otherwise, you can just go to the Boston Topic page and at the bottom it will list friends or people you might know that live in Boston.

(Hat tip to TechCrunch for this)


Celebrities from Boston tweeted about the incident:

Thoughts and prayers with my hometown Boston today. Mark Wahlberg, via Twitter

thoughts and prayers are with everybody in boston. heartbreaking… Chris Evans, via Twitter

My family is safe~ so far everyone immediate accounted for.. Thanks guys, such a scary & sad & sick thing. Eliza Dushku, via Twitter

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