Twitter Offers Virtual 9/11 Catharsis With #WhereWereYou

Sharing memories of the day the world will never forget

Twitter was filled with 9/11 remembrances Friday morning. (Photo courtesy New York Governor's Office)

Twitter was filled with 9/11 remembrances Friday morning. (Photo courtesy New York Governor’s Office)

The world was forever changed 14 years ago today, when the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York, Washington, D.C. and Pennsylvania killed 2,977 people.

As Pearl Harbor and John F. Kennedy’s assassination were for older generations, 9/11 became an era-defining moment—so much so that every year, on the anniversary of the attacks, people flash back to what they were doing when they found out the towers fell.

This year in particular, Twitter is assisting with the process of healing and remembrance. The virtual counseling service shared stories of hope, about children born on 9/11 and Twin Towers rescue dogs.

Thousands of people also shared personal anecdotes using #WhereWereYou. Many tweeters (including this reporter, who was in third grade on 9/11) were in school when they first heard about the attacks:

Still others were adults, preparing for a seemingly normal workday, when the news broke:

Today, for once, social media was a place for positive healing instead of heated division, as the Twitter community ensured that the world will never forget 9/11/01.

Twitter Offers Virtual 9/11 Catharsis With #WhereWereYou