Google To "Fix" September 11 Attacks Mark on Google Maps

Sep 11, 2009 • 8:37 am | comments (5) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Other Google Topics

If you look at the World Trade Center Site on Google Maps, you will see Google still labels it, "September 11 Attacks." An upset Google Maps user posted his distaste for such a label in the Google Maps Help forum.

Here is a picture:

Google Maps "September 11 Attacks"

He said:

I noticed on the map of lower Manhattan, the entire former WTC area is designated as "September 11 Attacks." Surely this is more of an event than a geographical location? It's been 8 years, and I was just wondering if this location could be called something more appropriate for a map, such as "Former WTC Site" or "Future Freedom Tower Complex"?

Dealy Plaza in Dallas is labeled as "Dealy Plaza," with a photo icon that tells the story of JFK's assassination. The location is not called "JFK Assassination." The case is similar with Pearl Harbor.

To my surprise, a Googler replied saying, "Thanks for bringing this to our attention. This seems to be the result of an over-eager algorithm. I'll look into getting it fixed."

Again, Google will look into getting it "fixed."

I guess it can not always be labeled September 11 Attacks but what should it be labeled?

Forum discussion at Google Maps Help.

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09/11/2009 05:02 pm

"Ground Zero" or "Former World Trade Center" until the Freedom Tower complex is built, at which point it should be changed to "Freedom Tower Complex" (as suggested above). Just my 2 cents.


09/11/2009 05:14 pm

It should be labelled "September 11 Attacks". Another example of people wanting to not remember. Disgusting.


09/11/2009 10:08 pm

Complete overreaction! September 11 Attacks were an EVENT not a LOCATION. Google Maps documents LOCATIONS. So Ground Zero or Former World Trade Center would be better.

Luke Jones

09/14/2009 08:48 am

I can see why people are annoyed, but it's not hurting anyone. That being said, if you're providing a service to show people geographical locations, then 'September 11 Attacks' is not a place, like they said it is an event, I wouldn't say to someone 'Can you give me the directions to September 11 Attacks please?', you'd ask something else =P.

krissy knox

09/20/2009 03:43 pm

I like the name "Former World Trade Center Site." I also like "Ground Zero." And both denote a location, as commenter one stated a place on a map should. At the same time I like that both are associated with history -- what happened on 9/11/2001. I feel it's beneficial to associate the names w 9/11 -- only bc those who forget history are doomed to repeat it. "Let us never forget." But, I ask you, Google, let us not let the terrorists win, by we calling the location indicated on the map above by the name "September 11th attacks." Yes, it WAS a horrendous and evil time, but at "Ground Zero" there were those in the U.S. whose bravery and heroism had no boundaries. There were those who ran back into burning buildings to save others, some gave up their own lives so others might live, many worked tirelessly for days, even rescue dogs helped. Let us not let the terrorists frame us, let us not let them decide what we call a location in OUR country, let us not call the location "September 11 attacks." I'm not sure exactly what to call the location, but let's make it a mix of a location name and a historical name, lest we forget, but not something so nasty that "they" win. Hope that makes sense, kind folks at Google . Thanks for getting on it quickly! krissy knox follow me on twitter

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