The death of Osama Bin Laden was first known on the internet before any other media; messages on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube videos invaded the web at an amazing speed.
On Twitter, tweets reached a record of 4000 per second while the U.S. president, Barack Obama, announced that the cause of the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001 had been murdered in Pakistan in an operation of a U.S. command.
The words OBL and Osama came to the top of the trending topics within hours.
The first report of the death of Bin Laden was apparently leaked on Twitter by Keith Urbahn, who worked with former U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. “A reputable person said Osama Bin Laden was killed,” he tweeted an hour before the information was announced by Obama on Sunday night. “Impressive,” said Urbahn.
A technology consultant in the Pakistani city of Abbottabad, who tweets under the name “@ReallyVirtual” did not know he was tweeting a story in real-time U.S. operating in that locality.
In the early hours of Monday, more than 265,000 people had clicked “like” on a Facebook page called “Osama Bin Laden is dead “.
Many of YopuTube’s home page videos were related to the death of Bin Laden.
Source: Daily Expreso