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Osama Bin Laden

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When news broke Sunday night about a possibility that the US was in possession of Osama Bin Laden’s body, it wasn’t on the local news channel.  It was on Twitter!  More than 15 minutes later, news sources started to leak out the information, but by then it was too late – the Twittasphere had gone crazy.  My phone wouldn’t stop alerting me of people tweeting about the incident – that Obama was about to speak, that the US had the body, jokes about his death, jokes about how Obama scheduled this to interrupt Donald Trump’s Celebrity Apprentice as payback.  It was crazy.  It’s interesting to see that social media was the first to leak this information.

Some credit Keith Urbahn with sharing the news first.  He tweeted “so I’m told by a reputable person they have killed Osama Bin Laden. Hot damn.”  For such big news, usually news sources are the first to report what’s going on.  This just shows how powerful social media is and that it is not just for vanity uses- important things happen on social media platforms.

Within an hour of the news leaking, articles were posted comparing adults who were alive for JFK’s death and the famous question of “Where were you when you heard JFK died?” and how now people will look back and ask not only where they were when they heard of OBL’s death – but how?!

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Written by dsullivan1

May 4, 2011 at 7:08 pm

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