Thursday, September 15, 2011

Social Media Helps Us Remember September 11th

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Originally posted on Socialnomics
10 years ago, I watched the news in Mr. Golden’s 8th grade science class. I remember going to lunch and seeing half of my grade crying. I remember getting out of school early and looking up at the sky to see smoke in the air, even being miles away from New York City. I couldn’t help but think back to two weeks earlier, when I went to the very top of the World Trade Center for the first and last time. Everyone has their own 9/11 story. 10 years after September 11th, social media provides us with an outlet to share our stories and remember the impact of that fateful day.
Facebook teamed up with the National September 11th Memorial & Museum to create the9/11 Memorial application. This application allows you to update your profile picture and dedicate your status to those who sacrificed their lives during the September 11thattacks. Since September 11th affected so many people’s lives, it is impossible for us to know every personal story and truly understand the magnitude of this event. This application helps us recognize those who have lost their lives on 9/11, even if we didn’t know them personally. Michael E. Brennan, this is for you.
YouTube created a channel dedicated to the 10th anniversary of September 11th.  On this channel, YouTube asks users to submit a video answering “What is your strongest memory of 9/11?,” “How did 9/11 change you and/or America?,” or “What did you lose or gain because of 9/11?” These submissions make up a collection of personal stories, reactions, and memories from that day.
#GodBlessAmerica and #September11 were both trending topics for the majority of September 11, 2011 on Twitter. Using these hashtags allowed Twitter users to share their personal experiences as well as a pay tribute to those who have lost their lives on this day 10 years ago.
Did you use social media to share your memories of September 11th?
How do you think our response to 9/11 would have been different if social media existed in 2001?
Leave a comment with your thoughts!

1 comment:

  1. Social media amazes me at how it can tell amazing stories from individuals, and other times be a bunch of useless information.

    These stories are truly amazing though.