9/11 Through The Eyes Of Search

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Yahoo, Ask, and Google each demonstrated different ways to mark the fifth anniversary of the September 11th, 2001 attacks.

Hundreds of news sites and blogs have published their takes on the tragic events that happened on a world-changing morning five years ago. In the search industry where we spend so much time concentrating on page rank, optimization, and the ever-shifting algorithms that represent the ebb and flow of traffic to many sites, efforts at acknowledging the memories held by people appeared online.

Yahoo’s Publisher Network blog posted an American flag and links to a couple of special sites Yahoo created. The News team collected news reports related to the day in one place.

Another link to a page on Yahoo lists links to five people and their reflections on the memories of the awful day.

Ask.com updated its home page with a background image of the Manhattan skyline. A pair of powerful beams of light shine upward on the site where the World Trade Center stood, and where the Freedom Tower will rise.

Their Remembering September 11th link pulls up search results topped by a Smart Answer listing with more links to information about the day. The appearance of an eBay sponsored link for DVDs and Movies appearing right below the Smart Answer block does detract somewhat from the effect, though.

Google chose a different route for its remembrance. They discussed a film appearing in the Official Google blog today:

A while ago, New York filmmaker Steve Rosenbaum produced 7 Days in September which tells the story of a week — September 11-18, 2001 — with the help of many filmmakers and a multitude of perspectives. As Rosenbaum notes, “Those seven days are full of fear, anger, pain, loss, and a deep sense of community,” adding that 7 Days “isn’t meant to be an answer, but rather a sounding board that may help people to ask deeply personal questions.” We’re honored to share it with you on Google Video.

We will suggest one more resource, because being informed is one way to help cope with the memories. Many sites, especially the political ones, cite the 9/11 Commission report, but few people have read it completely. Why not be one who has?


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David Utter is a staff writer for WebProNews covering technology and business.

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