Mobile and Facebook Apps Remember 9/11 So We Never Forget

September 11, 2011

1:38 pm

With each passing year, how we collectively look back at that fateful day changes. The earliest anniversaries were so raw and painful, many were not ready to relive the details. Now, ten years later, while it still may feel like yesterday for many people, we know in our hearts it is particularly important to never forget. In honor of all those who were lost, and in honor of all who helped, and for everyone who remembers and wants to pay tribute, we’ve compiled a short list of sites and applications that you might want to visit or contribute to.

Facebook Applications
Remembering 9/11 by National Geographic – In remembrance of the 10th anniversary, National Geographic invites Facebook users to share their individual stories by placing a marker on their map showing where each person was on that day.

Facebook’s 911 Memorial App – In partnership with the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, a non-profit based in NY, Facebook offers this tribute which allows users to update their status with three options: update your profile photo to the 9/11 Memorial logo, dedicate your status one of the many victims randomly, or dedicate your status to a specific individual.

Mobile Apps
The 9/11 memorial site
for the The National September 11 Memorial and Museum offers an iPhone app that was created last year but has been updated for the 10th anniversary, called Explore 9/11.  The app is a “guide to understanding 9/11 through the eyes of witnesses” and offers a walking tour, timeline, augmented reality overlays and more.

Explore 9/11

Explore 9/11 iPhone App

They also offer a 9/11 Memorial Guide which takes a look at the 9/11 Memorial today via your mobile device. You can click to explore the memorial.

9/11 Memorial App

9/11 Memorial App

Entrepreneur, documentary filmmaker and friend to Tech Cocktail, Steve Rosenbaum, who you may recognize as the founder of video startup has created a beautiful and touching application that commemorates 9/11. That app is called The 911 Memorial: Past, Present and Future. Bringing his documentary style to the app, Rosenbaum includes the construction of the Twin Towers, videos of the site prior to 9/11 and then leads you on a journey to connect with the day of 9/11/01 as it unfolds, including scenes from his award-winning documentary “7 Days in September”.

The 9/11 Memorial Past Present and Future iPad App

The 9/11 Memorial Past Present and Future iPad App

If you’re in NYC, the interactivity of iPhone app 110 Stories might be of interest (Android coming soon). You orient your phone towards the area where the Twin Towers once stood, and the augmented reality app draws in the towers (in correct proportional dimension)  – then you take the photo, which includes the towers. The app then asks you to include a short story, which will be posted with the photo to the 110 Stories website. The apps creator raised the money for the project via Kickstarter within just a few weeks.

110 Stories App

110 Stories App

The 9/11 app for both iPhone and iPad takes a documentary look at 9/11 and pulls together over 1200 photos and videos of 9/11 and its aftermath, in New York, Washington, and Shanksville PA, to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001.

For those who want to go a step further and take positive action, the 9/11 Day of Service is an Android app that will help you find projects across the US that you can volunteer to work on. The app includes a service map that shows how businesses and communities are paying tribute around the country.

Google was busy working with a few different companies and organizations as they outlined in a blog post today. For example, YouTube worked with The New York Times on a YouTube Channel featuring archived news broadcasts and personal stories and reflections from the public.

One additional site we thought was particularly interesting was Web photo sharing pioneer Flickr’s daily blog, which pulled together an amazing blog post that takes a look back at ground zero and the Pentagon on 9/11.

The many apps, online tributes and television programs are part of an ongoing, living memorial, that allows individuals to express their thoughts and feelings, and perhaps contribute to the nation’s healing.  Our hearts go out to the surviving families and all those who lost loved ones ten years ago today. May we never forget.

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Jen Consalvo is the Cofounder and COO of Tech.Co. She previously worked in product development for almost 13 years at AOL for audiences of millions. Follow her on Twitter at: @noreaster.

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