It's hard to believe that ten years have gone by since that fateful September day in New York. Even a decade later, the memories from 9/11 retain their tight grip on the hearts and minds of not just U.S. citizens, but the larger global community. Advertisers and creative talents from across the spectrum have done their part to honor the lives lost during the World Trade Center tragedy, including social media efforts that help to archive individuals' experiences, an app that helps us remember how the towers once stood and even a lighthearted memorial to the Twin Towers' cinematic cameos.
National Geographic: Remembering 9/11
National Geographic Channel teamed with digital agency Neo-Pangea to createa Facebook app
that lets users post brief accounts of their 9/11 experiences and mark their stories with location-specific tags to be featured on an interactive map. Users can explore all anecdotes by location and filter stories to see their friends' stories and share comments.
Aniboom: It's Been Ten Years
9/11 affected not just NYC, but the global community. Here, Gideon Amichay teamed with Aniboom and recruited filmmakers around the world to create animated pieces remembering the day and paying homage to those affected by the tragedy.
Facebook: 9/11 Memorial App
Facebook partnered with the National September 11 Memorial & Museum on this app
that allows you to donate your social media to 9/11 victims' memories. Developed with Involver, the app lets you donate your profile picture and your status to the cause. If you choose to donate your status, you can select a specific person, or get the app to pick through any of the 3,000 victims of the WTC attacks, the Pentagon attacks and Flight 93 passengers.
Dan Meth: Twin Tower Cameos
The Twin Towers have appeared in many movies throughout the years. To honor the tenth anniversary of 9/11, filmmaker/illustrator Dan Meth
made a montage of the buildings' many cinematic cameos.
Bonnier/Mag+: American Photo 9.11.01 The Photographer's Stories
Bonnier and Mag+ bring photographers' moving images of 9/11 together in this free app.
110 Stories: Augmented Reality Twin Towers App
Brian August came up with the idea to let people be able to view the Twin Towers as they originally stood, from any vantage point via this app idea. August posted the idea on Kickstarter
in the hopes of raising funds to build the app and successfully reached his $25,000 goal on August 13.
State Farm: Never Forgotten
150 schoolchildren, most of whom were born after September 11, 2011, visit New York firehouses to thank them in this uplifting video directed by Spike Lee out of DDB
Chicago. The kids perform a cover of "Empire State of Mind," available for download on iTunes for $.99
, all proceeds of which will go to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundatio
The New York Times/YouTube: Reflections on 9/11 Ten Years Later
The N.Y. Times teamed with Storyful on this YouTube channel
that asks visitors to record their recollections of 9/11. Participants are asked to repond to questions like "What is your strongest memory of 9/11?" and "What did you gain and lose because of 9/11?". The channel also features archived NYT content from September 11, along with special features from the paper.