3 People Who First Tweeted Osama Bin Laden’s Death

News of Osama Bin Laden’s death spread like wildfire on Twitter last night and today placing the spectacle nicely in the all-time top 5 tweeting events. One has to wonder if tweeting records would have been broken if the breaking news and the subsequent Presidential address would have been during prime time hours.

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As it stands news of Osama’s death event ranks 3rd only behind the 2011 Superbowl and the New Year’s Eve celebration in Japan. See where the Osama’s tweeting event ranks in the top 8 tweeting events.

Twitter has become a juggernaut news source, tweeting news quickly and powerfully. See below how these Twitter feeds tweeted the spread of news by the world community tweeting about the death of Osama Bin Laden and what their place will be in the context of social media  history.  

Twitter Tweets The Death Of Osama Bin Laden

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1. Sohaib Athar:  (a new Twitter celebrity). Twitter was on the scene first when the secret CIA and Navy Seals raid was actually being orchestrated in real time. Sohaib Athar happened to be living in the neighborhood where Osama’s fortress stood and was awakened by the sounds of  helicopters flying around his house in the evening hours of the night of the raid.

Being a technology consultant himself Athar was no stranger to Twitter and tweeted this now famous first tweet which will now live in Twitter infamy: “Helicopter hovering around above Abbottabad at 1 am (is a rare event).” Then around 10 minutes later he tweeted: “A huge window shaking bang here in Abbottabad Cantonment. I hope it’s not the start of something nasty :-S”

Later that morning he tweeted the first mention of Osama and the raid: “Uh oh, now I’m the guy who live-blogged the Osama raid without knowing it.”

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Sohaib Athar  has been a great tweet feed to follow (already at 87,000 followers) as he is tweeting twitpics of the hideout, fortress or compound that Osama was killed in.

2. Keith Urbahn( the chief of staff for the former US defence secretary Donald Rumsfeld) was the first to tweet the specific news about Osama’s death earlier in the eventing of May 1st:  “So I’m told by a reputable person they have killed Osama Bin Laden. Hot damn“.

Keith Urbahn Twitter feed has tweets with links to news and interviews.

3.  Jill Jackson (CBS News Capital Hill producer) then confirmed the news tweeting:  “House Intelligence committee aide confirms that Osama Bin Laden is dead. U.S. has the body.”

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