On September 15, 2010, the very first #tweetdiner was held on Twitter. Stan and I were nervous leading up to 9 PM EST. Would anyone show up? Would people talk? We started DMing each other about halfway through. People did show up. People did engage. And a great chat and community was born.
This year, September 15th is not a Saturday. As fate would have it, the Saturday closest to 9/15/11 without being after 9/15/11 is next Saturday – September 10, 2011.
I think it was meant to work out this way.
See, the day after that, 9/11/11, will mark the 10th anniversary of the tragedy of September 11, 2001. It’s hard to believe a decade has passed, isn’t it? As we reflect back on those darkest of days, we remember the sadness. We remember the terror. But we also remember the people who were and are closest to us. We remember not being able to imagine the pain people went through and are going through who lost loved ones that day. It seems like a perfect day for our #tweetdiner community to welcome everyone with a celebration of friendship, hope, love, and remembrance. Don’t you think?
So, at 9 PM EST on 9/10/11, we will open the diner to anyone who wants to come in. If you lost a loved one on 9/11 and would like to say things about them, just let me know. If you want to link to any videos or things that you think would fit the occasion, let me know.
It’s the spirit of #tweetdiner to share our special day with as many people as possible. I can’t really think of a better way to do it than to wrap our virtual arms around good friends and reflect on times that are hard to believe just 10 years later.
Image by Piotr Bizior. http://www.sxc.hu/profile/bizior