Remembering 9/11 victims today.
There are lots of touching photos and articles about people at the memorials this morning — you’ve probably seen them already, so I won’t add all of the links here.
I do want to point out an interesting blog post, though. Check out 9-11 and the social software movement for an interesting perspective on how the experience of 9-11 affected our use of social software like blogs and Twitter.
As we mark the 7th anniversary of 9-11, folks here in Texas and along the Gulf Coast are distracted by the need to prepare for Hurricane Ike. To see some of the conversations happening, go to http://search.twitter.com and type in Ike.
While I started using Twitter recently as a virtual breakroom, I’ve been using it over the last 48 hours to get updates about the storm.
From reporters (@TrackingIke, @chronhurricane, and @dfw_ike) to the Red Cross (@RedCross), Home Depot (@TheHomeDepot), and local residents, the news on Twitter is breaking in real time — long before it will be available from traditional media outlets, and there’s a virtual community springing up around the event.
It’s a bit like watching history in progress. And it’s also becoming increasingly clear that tools like Twitter will play an important role in disaster communications going forward. I hope more organizations and government entities catch on soon.
Are you using Twitter or other tools to keep track of urgent news? If so, who do you follow?