One decade after 9/11, emotions and interests have risen again. A new general debate about change, responsibility and faults have reoccurred. But today discussions have one important difference: the increasing influence of the Social Web, both in the Western and Arab region. Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey from the magazine The Star describes the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center as a “tragedy which is the loss of human life, the darkness, the emptiness, the sense of loss, the desperation and that inexplicable sadness of an intensity that causes pain which engulfs families and friends who have lost loved ones in such an unexpected way and so suddenly. Ten years is time enough to heal the wound on the surface, but deep down it festers in the soul for eternity.”
Concerning the tragic event there are many controversial opinions on social media across the Middle East. Some users complain about the crudeness of the attacks, the others criticize America because of its fight against the terror which includes the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. In addition to it a lot of people also show their sympathy towards the victims and their relatives via tweets, comments on blogs or other online platforms. On Facebook, for example, over 350,000 people like the memorial site “Never Forget 9/11”.
Among the 14,000 posts captured from the MENA region, approximately 11,500 posts were posted on the 11th of September 2011. After which there was a decline in the buzz volume day by day. The below chart depicts the buzz volume by day.
55% of the total buzz captured related to the 9/11 were tweets or mentions on Google Buzz. Another major role plays message board/forums where 19% of the total volume was found.
In general the discussions about 9/11 was wide spread. Users from Egypt contributed to 30% of the total volume. Users from the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and KSA followed with 16%, 13% and 12% respectively. Volume generated from the other countries were in a range between 250 and 500 posts.
The qualitative research of data indicated the great diversity of opinions concerning the topic. Majority of the comments were neutral in nature but the remaining reactions were either very negative or very positive – demonstrating a deep gap in the discussion. Significantly there were more negative discussions than positive. In the following paragraph we have showcased some of the most popular posts/comments.
What People Were Saying?
- “I think anyone would have wished 9/11 never happened.”
- “God Bless those who perished on 9/11/01.”
- “Sending my love and thoughts to all the victims of 9/11. My heart goes out their families and all the heroes of that day – Enrique”
- “In Kennedy Center Speech, Obama Says America Is Stronger Post-9/11”
- “R.I.P. to the 2,976 American people that lost their lives on 9/11 and R.I.P. to the 48,644 Afghan and 1,690,903 Iraqi people that paid the ultimate price for a crime they did not commit. Oh and the hundreds of thousands of Palestinians who experience this everyday. Your 9/11 is their 24/7”
- “This tribute thing for 9/11 makes me wanna cry…”
- “Nothing makes me more upset when people talk shit about 9/11. Why don’t you inform yourself on what happened that day, and then try to …”
- “9/11 Paved the Way for America’s Permanent Wars of Aggression”
- “On 9/11 people are sad, but I’m the happiest guy. I love you, and you know who you are. A day to remember :)”
- “Reflection on 9-11, with the perspective that the US is only a minor player as the world changes. Insightful.”
- “9 -11 was a surprise to the american authorities!!”
- “10 years later 9/11 survivors still need support. You can help by contributing to the #911Relief Fund”
- “A changed america: marking 10 years since 9/11”
- “World Still in Midst of War against ‘Terror’”
On the 11th of September in 2001 four US planes were hijacked by the Islamist militant group al Qaeda and crashed into the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington. The explosion caused the twin towers to collapse and approximately 3000 people were killed. Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden declared the responsibility of the attacks; he was killed on May 2011 by US-troops.
As a result of the events in October 2001 the war in Afghanistan began. American and British military forces started targeting camps of Al-Qaeda and the Taliban. Less than two years later the war in Iraq started in which approximately over 20,000 people died.
This Buzz Report monitors trends and themes that recently buzzed on various social media platforms. The search was conducted on all social media platforms in Arabic and English. The focus of the research was on Middle East social media conversations and social media trends reflect the topic 9/11. For more details write to us at email@example.com.