The death coverage of America’s biggest evil villain…


Since I heard about Osama bin Ladens death on Monday morning I have been doing quite a bit of research…I began by doing a simple google search where I found many articles full of “facts” regarding the death of Osama bin Laden.

There were many articles discussing the huge role social media played in this momentous moment…without the help of our social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook there is no was no way we could have learned about this moment as quickly as we did.

In an NPR article Twitter says bin Laden’s death generated the highest sustained rate of tweets ever. From 10:45 p.m. Sunday to 2:20 a.m. Monday, users pecked out an average of 3,000 tweets per second, according to Twitter. The traffic peaked at 11 p.m. Sunday, minutes before the president’s televised briefing, with 5,106 tweets per second.

In a CNET News article they explained how Twitter was the first to let American’s know of the vital information before the traditional news outlets. Keith Urbahn, once chief of staff for former defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld, was first American to post the breaking news when he tweeted: “So I’m told by a reputable person they have killed Osama Bin Laden. Hot damn.”

But, in another NPR article I read that the first to post the information of the raid was actually a man in Abbottabad, Pakistan, who tweeted after hearing the sounds of helicopters and gunfire near the Bin Laden compound but hadn’t known the reason for the commotion.

In a great USA Today article they say; “This is what we are coming to expect nowadays — people witnessing and participating in global conversations about events through a number of media platforms (Twitter, CNN, Facebook, network TV),” says Peter Chow-White, a communication professor at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver. “This is yet another example of the importance of social media and the role it plays in monitoring the pulse of world events,”

So many web sites full of information can be found….I’m sure you are already aware of the tremendous amount of information that was available to the public in a matter of seconds after the event.

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