In a crisis such as yesterday’s Boston Marathon tragedy, people need information about their loved ones—and they need it fast. With Google Person Finder, they have access to this critical information.
Google built the tool after the 2010 Haiti earthquake. People can use it to search for someone or provide information. If no information is available, users can create a new record. They can also subscribe to status updates on a particular person, and if updated, they’ll receive an e-mail with new details.
Currently, Google’s Boston Marathon Person Finder is tracking 5,300 individuals. The tool has been used all over the world to reconnect people in post-disaster situations.
What a remarkable advancement since 9/11. We can’t imagine the horror of being there or desperately seeking the whereabouts of a runner or spectator.
Thank you, Google, for helping people track down their friends and loved ones after such a horrific event.
Boston, our hearts are with you.