What if Facebook was around when 9/11 occurred? What if twitter was around? What information would people use their 140 characters on? What Facebook groups would be made in seconds? What would twitters trending topics be? How many Rest In Peace statuses would be written?
#Rest In Peace
George W Bush
Is this what the trending topics would have looked like after 9/11? Although mobile phones were shut down directly after the first plane hit, the rest of the world would have been desperately micro-blogging about the events, sending well-wishes, enquiring if there was a way to donate to those effected and desperately seeking answers.
Their are countless facebook groups set up in relation to 9/ll. Some include “R.I.P to all those who died on 9/11” and “Can we get 900,111 likes to show respect for the 9/11 victims” while some other more crude ones read “The awkwardness when Osama Bin Laden asks you for the time and it’s 9:11.”
The amount of groups that would have been created in remembrance, respect and some sort of twisted attempt at humour would only be much larger than what has been created now (almost 11 years later) due to the higher level of presence it had in the mass media and the fact that we would have been counting the number of them over a larger time frame.