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Thousands take to twitter during manhunt

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Monday's bombing at the 117th Boston Marathon, was the first major terrorist attack on American soil since September 11th.

Only this time, citizens became part of the reporting and part of the search with their smart phones and use of social media.

Within a matter of minutes after the first explosion, the Internet was buzzing with reactions and information.

Pictures, videos and tweets were sent out helping law enforcement identify brothers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev as the suspects behind this act of terrorism.

Following the tragedy on the day of the race, a shooting of an MIT officer and a high speed chase through a Boston suburb left investigators with only one conclusion, these brothers were the suspects.

Friday morning Boston Police took to twitter to send out a picture of Dzhokhar as the manhunt was underway. The older brother was reported being killed overnight.

Like the Boston Police, local agencies in the CSRA like Richmond County and Aiken County Sheriff's Offices use social media to keep members of the community informed.

Some CSRA residents say they weren't familiar with local agencies being on Twitter but they do like the idea.

"You always want to know what's going on in your community as far as crime, it's very helpful," said Walter Hahn, who lives in Richmond county.

Nicole Mincey resides in North Augusta. She said she thinks Richmond County Sheriff's Office having a facebook account is a good idea. 

"Anytime it's helping with crime or making our city a better place, then that's good," Mincey said.

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