Five years ago, like so many, I was shocked and horrified by the events of September 11. I spent the day uncertain of what to do, before running for the cover of what I knew, looking at the search engines. Finding Disaster Coverage At Search Engines illustrates how they reacted that day. It underscored what I've long described as the great failure of Google then, having to effectively tell people to go elsewhere for information while its web search results were showing links with descriptions saying things like "View from the WTCA Headquarters." Since that time, the emergence of Google News as a better resource, with improved integration into Google results, has helped. The Effects Of September 11 On The Leading Search Engine from First Monday is another excellent recap from 2001 that those thinking of past history will want to see. Over at ResourceShelf, Gary Price has posted 9/11 Rememberances & Web Resources from Arlington County, VA Public Library & Elsewhere.
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