The date Sept. 11 has carried significance for the 16 years following the terrorist attacks carried out that day in 2001, which killed 2,977 people, according to CNN. Social media reflects that, as many people take time on that day to join the conversation in remembering the events and those lost. One of the more popular phrases associated with Sept. 11, both in social media and just in conversation, is #NeverForget.
Just how many?
Per the social media data analysis site Sysomos, more than 1.9 million users tweeted the phrase #NeverForget on Sept. 11, 2017. A wide variety of users joined the conversation, including politicians, sports teams and other public brands.
How fast did tweets spread?
The use of the hashtag peaked at 10 a.m. with about 117,300 tweets. The number of tweets got right under the 40,000 mark at 7 a.m and stayed past that mark through 11 p.m.
How far was the reach?
The majority of the tweets came from the United States, where 79.2 percent of the tweets originated. It makes sense, since the impact of the day affects mainly Americans. The next highest countries on the list were the United Kingdom (2.4) and Canada (2.3), which are the only countries with more than 2 percent of the tweet total.
What did people talk about?
Many social media users associated #NeverForget with the terrorist attacks, but, strangely enough, it seems that “September 10” — not “September 11” — was one of the phrases most associated with #NeverForget. Other words, like Twin Towers — the nickname of the World Trade Center — were very popular. Sadly, intolerant phrases such as #banislam were also used.
What was the most popular tweet?
Interestingly enough, the most popular tweet referencing #NeverForget came the day before the anniversary of the attacks on Sept. 10. It featured a photo of the World Trade Center from Sept. 10, 2011, the last full day the towers stood. The tweet had more than 67,500 retweets and 130,000 likes.
— Nick Short 🇺🇸 (@PoliticalShort) September 10, 2017
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