Osama’s Death Floods the Web
If you have been under a shell for the past 24 hours, then you missed the announcement yesterday that Osama Bin Laden was shot and killed by a U.S. Special forces raid in Pakistan. A poll from late last night performed by Mashable asked “How did you hear about Osama Bin Laden’s Death?” The responses of Twitter and Facebook were over 55% of respondents (Twitter 35%, Facebook 20%); compared to just 15% who saw it on the television.
The news of Bin Laden’s death combined with President Obama’s announcement from the White House late Sunday night, crashed some news sites and caused major issues for others. CNN’s mobile website crashed entirely while NYTimes.com and MSNBC.com experienced long load times.
Sohaib Athar, an IT consultant from Abbottabad, Pakistan Tweeted on the raid without even realizing what was happening.
@ReallyVirtual Helicopter hovering above Abbottabad at 1AM (is a rare event).
After realizing what was going on he followed up on Twitter, and a Twitter storm followed. His inbox and social media accounts are overloaded. He also was interviewed by Reuters before he could get some shut eye. #Abbottabad (a town Sohaib put them on the map), #osama, #navyseals, and #obl are the top trends on Twitter in the U.S. right now. Still think social media is not a good source for news?
Let me know what you think!
Are you following the online trends for the Osama raid? What is your perspective on how everything unfolded in Pakistan and the effect it will have on the war?