Why I am glad social media wasn’t around 9/11/01

A lot has changed in my life, and in the world since the morning of September 11, 2001. Back then I was in college working in the mail room trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my life. In the 11 years since, I have lived in a number of states, got married and had a son.

We have also seen the Internet grow from a budding phenomenon into a fully-integrated social ecosystem. While I love social media, I am very happy that it was not around back in 2001. Here are some deeper thoughts on the subject:

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Those are my thoughts, what are yours?

 

32 Responses to Why I am glad social media wasn’t around 9/11/01
  1. jeffespo
    September 11, 2012 | 9:03 am

    @KeithTrivitt TY sir…

  2. jeffespo
    September 11, 2012 | 9:13 am

    @SocialSteve @KeithTrivitt thanks it is more on how we have zero filter and how that could have had long-standing reprocussions.

  3. CynthiaKSeymour
    September 11, 2012 | 9:28 am

    I really appreciate your insights… And you are right, I think that somehow our quest for real-time, social information has eroded our respect for the people who are most impacted by tragic events.  

  4. krisis
    September 11, 2012 | 10:03 am

    @AmyVernon That’s a silly sentiment, since blogs and sites like MeFi were the only reliable, timely sources of news the entire day.

  5. jeffespo
    September 11, 2012 | 10:03 am

    @jessicamalnik Thanks.

  6. louiebaur
    September 11, 2012 | 10:08 am

    Morning Amy:) @AmyVernon

  7. jeffespo
    September 11, 2012 | 10:23 am

    CynthiaKSeymour I think there is that, but then again there were also so many inaccuracies coming out that day as well and we all know how EVERYONE wants to be first now. 

  8. geoffliving
    September 11, 2012 | 10:28 am

    Amen, I’d have to agree with you.  How would you like to have been a Muslim on 9/11 or thereabout afterwards?

  9. jeffespo
    September 11, 2012 | 10:33 am

    @geoffliving TY sir…

  10. geoffliving
    September 11, 2012 | 10:33 am

    @jeffespo Very, very thoughtful video post.

  11. jeffespo
    September 11, 2012 | 10:33 am

    @geoffliving thanks tough thing to think about, but do remember all the live radio that caused confusion and led to conspiracy theories

  12. AmyVernon
    September 11, 2012 | 10:48 am

    @louiebaur Hola, señor! 🙂

  13. AmyVernon
    September 11, 2012 | 10:53 am

    @krisis did you watch @Jeffespo ‘s video? He had some very specific ideas and reasons why he feels that way & I tend to agree.

  14. AmyVernon
    September 11, 2012 | 10:53 am

    @krisis I also would disagree that blogs were the only reliable, timely sources of news the entire day. cc @jeffespo

  15. jeffespo
    September 11, 2012 | 10:53 am

    @AmyVernon @krisis with social the Internet remembers everything including hate-posts, which was a popular sentiment on that day as well.

  16. AmyVernon
    September 11, 2012 | 10:58 am

    @krisis I strongly disagree. I still worked for a traditional newspaper org that day, and we had reporters on the ground as the towers fell. We had a direct line in to the FDNY because one of our reporters was a former NYC firefighter and all the parents and loved ones of people who worked in the towers certainly weren’t looking to MeFi for information about what had happened. We not only put out a special edition (as most newspapers did that day), but updated the website consistently throughout the day, with sourced, verified information as well as news and photos from the scene.

  17. krisis
    September 11, 2012 | 11:13 am

    @amyvernon @jeffespo Read into; have yet to watch video. I disagree that there were reliable sources in the media that day. It was awful.

  18. krisis
    September 11, 2012 | 11:13 am

    @amyvernon @jeffespo Spent the entire day compiling facts on my blog because news sites were down & broadcast media couldn’t get the…

  19. krisis
    September 11, 2012 | 11:18 am

    @amyvernon @jeffespo Think we’ve seen that SM always beats trad news in a disaster, natural or manmade. And, hate posts SHOULD be remembered

  20. AmyVernon
    September 11, 2012 | 11:18 am

    @krisis You’re entitled to your opinion, I just strongly believe you’re wrong. But that’s what makes America great, isn’t it? cc @JeffEspo

  21. AmyVernon
    September 11, 2012 | 11:18 am

    @krisis If any news sites were down, it was due to the servers being overloaded. Which would have affected blogs, too. cc @jeffespo

  22. AmyVernon
    September 11, 2012 | 11:18 am

    @krisis But I’m not going to argue this further. You believe what you do, and I believe what I do. I worked 16-hour days for weeks reporting

  23. AmyVernon
    September 11, 2012 | 11:18 am

    @krisis the news. I know what my colleagues and I did on that day and afterward. Just b/c you couldn’t load their websites doesn’t mean

  24. AmyVernon
    September 11, 2012 | 11:18 am

    @krisis they weren’t reporting accurately.

  25. krisis
    September 11, 2012 | 11:18 am

    @amyvernon @jeffespo Happy to respectfully disagree with you Amy, since that’s a rare event to begin with 😉

  26. AmyVernon
    September 11, 2012 | 11:23 am

    @krisis Well, see, now you totally disarmed me with being NICE. lol. I forget that we can disagree w/people online and it not be a *thing*

  27. krisis
    September 11, 2012 | 11:23 am

    @amyvernon I’d love to talk more sometime, b/c 9/11 was a factor in me NOT becoming a journo w/my degree, & I really value your perspective.

  28. jeffespo
    September 11, 2012 | 11:28 am

    @krisis @amyvernon now we can all virtually {{hug}} it out… but it is a great thing that we can RD on things.

  29. AmyVernon
    September 11, 2012 | 11:28 am

    @krisis Interesting. Would love to have that chat IRL sometime.

  30. krisis
    September 11, 2012 | 11:28 am

    @jeffespo LOL, {{hug}} back at ya. Looking forward to watching video after work. Not really fair to sling “silly” at you just on your lede.

  31. jeffespo
    September 11, 2012 | 11:38 am

    geoffliving It wouldn’t have been pretty. Hell we see hate popping up now because restaurants or small business owners support one candidate over another, let alone being of a religion that an extremist group brought bad press. And look I am sure all of us said something that they would regret now in the heat of the moment in the immediate aftermath.While doing this post, I had a lot of time of reflection and vividly remember getting into one room on campus where a phone was set up for us to call home, sitting with a friend waiting to hear if his dad made it out alive and hearing from family that was safe… and then look at the scenario where our cell phones didn’t work for days and we couldn’t drive on certain roads in the NJ area… so a different world but one that was just as angry, but with a little less tech and open publishing slate as we have today. 

  32. louiebaur
    September 11, 2012 | 12:18 pm

    @AmyVernon @AmyVernon

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