Social Media and Osama bin Laden

by Blair Evan Ball on May 2, 2011


Social Media has changed the way news and information is sent and received.

Within minutes of learning the news, Twitter lit up, Facebook, and other social networking sites. Today the news finds us. A Facebook page that was set up awhile ago titled Osama Bin Laden is dead, went viral within minutes of learning the news, fans flocked to the page en mass.

Osama bin Laden

This Twitter user unknowingly reported bin Laden attack.

Tweet about Osama Bin Laden

According to the Twitter statistics tool TwitterCounter, Athar had 751 followers on Saturday. By Monday morning, he had more than 32,000.

CNN and other media outlets reached out to him for interviews. But, by Monday morning U.S. time, he seemed to only want sleep.

“I am sorry but I am overwhelmed with emails/phones/chat requests at the moment — I will definitely try to answer your questions, probably as a blog post — as soon as I can,” he wrote in an e-mail response to a CNN interview request. “I had been working all night and didn’t anticipate that I’d need to stay awake till noon too, so it is hard to talk over phone/voice chat.”

And a final tweet Monday morning:

“Bin Laden is dead. I didn’t kill him. Please let me sleep now.”

Last night May 1st will be a moment that many people will remember for the rest of their lives. How did you first learn of this historic news. Were you in front of your television set when an anchor broke the news? Were you browsing Twitter when the avalanche of tweets started to pour in? Or did a friend text you while you were somewhere else? Did someone post it on a Facebook Wall?

A U.S. official says Osama bin Laden has been buried at sea.

After bin Laden was killed in a raid by U.S. forces in Pakistan, senior administration officials said the body would be handled according to Islamic practice and tradition. That practice calls for the body to be buried within 24 hours, the official said. Finding a country willing to accept the remains of the world’s most wanted terrorist would have been difficult, the official said. So the U.S. decided to bury him at sea.

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According to WikiLeaks, the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks warned that al-Qaeda has hidden a nuclear bomb in Europe which will unleash a “nuclear hellstorm” if Osama bin Laden is captured, leaked files revealed.

U.S. officials said they didn’t share their intelligence with any other country, and informed Pakistani officials only when the operation was over.

The U.S. team was on site for just 40 minutes, and bin Laden was killed resisting the assault, an official said. Three other men, one of whom may have been one of bin Laden’s sons, were killed in the raid along with a woman used as a human shield. Two women were injured. No other civilians or U.S. personnel were injured, said the officials, who spoke on condition they wouldn’t be identified.

Egypt’s al-Zawahri likely to succeed bin Laden.

What’s your take on all this?

Shantel Phyfe May 5, 2011 at 6:49 am

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