April 19, 2013, 1:07 am
On Thursday night just before 7:30 pm ET, a post was put up on LetsRun.com by messageboard visitor “photo” with a link to a photo of a man that looked very much like one of the Boston Marathon terrorist suspects. The photo was being hosted on a NSFW photo sharing site – i.imgur.com – with pornographic adds so we decided to download it and host it on our servers without the ads as well.
We put it up on our site, sent out a tweet and thanks the power of our community and google, twitter, and reddit, the thing went viral, very, very quickly. Soon CNN, NBC News and the New Yorker called. The Daily Mail and others emailed.
A story on the photo which it turns out was taken by Boston marathon runner David Green spreading via LetsRun.com was above the fold on the New York Times website.
The Daily Mail wrote an article as well that described the whole situation as follows:
David Green, who took the photograph with his iPhone, posted it on Facebook earlier in the week. A friend of his then posted the photo to the running website LetsRun.com on Thursday after noticing a likeness between a man in the photo and one of the FBI’s suspects in the bombings.
Haven’t seen it? Check out the photo below (click on it for an even larger version).