9 11 Plane Crash

9 11 Plane Crash

9 11 Plane Crash

9 11 Plane Crash

It’s amazing to look back and think just how different our world was back on that fateful day September 11, 2001. I suppose for the Generation X, Y, and Z, ten years ago seems like an eternity. However, for anyone like myself, older enough to have adult children, time has a funny way of speeding up.

Regardless how you look at it, life is very different today. We have more people living below the poverty level, without insurance, and in prison. Conversely, we have far more billionaires walking the earth as well. Health-care cost have ballooned and sadly enough so have our waistlines. We charge more, save less, and play significantly more video games. One year prior to the attacks on 9/11/01 the dot com bubble burst, sending shock waves throughout the stock market and web entrepreneurs back to the drawing board. Back then we were using cell phones, email, and even search engines, however with proliferation of smart phone devices along with the explosion of social media, the manner in which we create, receive, share, and store information today has dramatically changed our lives.

9 11 Plane Crash

9 11 Plane Crash

9 11 Plane Crash

This got me wondering. What kind of impact would social media and smart phones have made if they were around on the that historic day in 2001?

Although we have no idea how everything would have unfolded. I think it’s safe to assume that both the terrorists and those protecting our country would have been using social media as a tool to accomplish their goals. Whether or not the attacks would have been thwarted, well that’s anyone’s guess, but I think we would agree that social media would have made a huge difference in how we were immersed and mourned in this tragedy.

It is one of those moments in time that anyone old enough remembers exactly where they were at the time of the attacks. Personally, I was working when a colleague, who was running late, walked into my office and announced that a plane crashed into one of the Twin Towers in New York. Needless to say none of us worked that day as we were all glued to the television trying to absorb as much information as possible from the various news agencies.

9 11 Plane Crash

9 11 Plane Crash

9 11 Plane Crash

I remember seeing people frantically trying to locate loved ones who may have been passengers or at ground zero when the attacks occurred. In Manhattan, there were so many signs posted asking “Have you seen…”. If social media were around I’m sure it would have also been used as an invaluable tool to search for loved ones as well as a means to notify others if you were safe and sound.

One decade ago Twitter (2006), Facebook ( 2004), and even MySpace (2003) were non-existent. However, if social media existed can you imagine how meaningful it could have been for those in their final moments to post goodbyes to their friends and families? If you knew the end was near, would you think of using social media to express yourself?

9 11 Plane Crash

9 11 Plane Crash

9 11 Plane Crash

My guess is that there would have been widespread tweeting, re-tweeting, and Facebook posts on board and throughout Manhattan. Cameras or Video were not available on cell phones in 2001, so can you imagine with high-resolution cameras and video cameras on smart phones, how many captivating images and videos would have been taken on 9/11? Images and videos on the planes, in the towers, in the streets, and in the pentagon.

Also, it was reported that occupants of the South Tower were instructed by the building’s security to remain in the building after the first plane struck the North Tower. If these occupants would have seen photos, posts, and tweets on social media sites, how many of them would have ignored security and exited the building before the second attack? Also, if the 60 innocent passengers and flight crew on United Airlines Flight 175 that crashed into the South Tower, the 59 innocent passengers and flight crew of American Airlines Flight 77 that crashed into the Pentagon, and the 40 innocent passengers and flight crew of United Airlines that crashed into a field in Stonycreek Township, PA had known the intent of the hijackers earlier, would their actions have changed? Yes, all of this is conjecture, but considering how quickly news travels in our digital world, I am inclined to believe the events may have been slightly altered if social media were available ten years earlier.

9 11 Plane Crash

9 11 Plane Crash

9 11 Plane Crash

One of the more touching memories after 9/11 were the numerous handmade signs posted in Manhattan paying tribute to those who perished during this act of terror. For everyone else in America, email was the prevailing channel to express yourself, share photos, and offer prayers. Can you imagine how much of that would have carried over to social media? With its viral and real time effects, Facebook and Twitter would have without a doubt dominated the space for such memorials and tributes.

If there is one thing we learned recently during the earthquake in Virginia it’s how fast we are to turn to social media and just how fast it enables us to share information during such traumatic events. It was stated that the tweets on August 23rd spread faster than the actual tremors of the earthquake along the east coast. Whether or not we would have acted or responded differently on 9/11 had social media been around I suppose is anyone’s guess, however I think it’s pretty safe to assume it would have had an impact.

9 11 Plane Crash

9 11 Plane Crash

9 11 Plane Crash

How do you think social media could have impacted the events and aftermath of 9/11?

By Ron Haggerty
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