Remembering 9/11 With Mobile Apps

There’s no shortage of digital content memorializing the events of September 11th, 2001. Ten years later we live in a world permeated smartphones and mobile devices. That shift is reflected by a collection of poignant mobile applications that help users remember through pictures, stories and guided tours of Ground Zero.

Here are 4 different takes on a mobile memorial for the victims of September 11:

This app from the National 9/11 Memorial & Museum offers three interactive ways to look back:

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The tour feature uses geolocation to guide users through a 9/11 Memorial Walking Tour, lead by recordings form National 9/11 Memorial & Museum Director Alice Greenwald. The information is interesting even if you are unable to listen from the site. The explore section features a map that displays the various parts of the world that were affected by the terrorist attacks, and users can select photos according to pinpointed locations. Finally, the timeline offers an interactive look at the events that took place before, during and after the attacks.

Tour the 9/11 Memorial at the World Trade Center using this app whether you are visiting Ground Zero or exploring from home. Zoom in on the arrangement of names displayed on the memorial according to their placement, or search the by name of the victim or sponsor. Listen to touching remembrances of victims from family and friends collected by StoryCorps, a nonprofit whose mission is to provide Americans with the opportunity to record, share and preserve the stories of our lives.

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This visual-rich app offers one of the most extensive collections of 9/11 photos available to the public – over 1200 pictures and videos. The images are touching and graphic. Users navigate the app through a large canvas view.

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This tribute app features fast facts that users can scroll through, from the number of victims still missing to the amount of debris left after the attacks. 9/11 Numbers does not offer much in the way of multimedia, but facts offer an enlightening way to remember. The set-up is well-suited for mobile as users can quickly scroll through small bits of info.

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