Social Media and the Death of Bin Laden

You can’t miss the news today – Ding Dong, the witch Bin Laden is dead. It seems to counter human nature to celebrate someone dying, yet I’d imagine most of us are united in thinking “about time,” this dude was done in.

Anyway, I’m not turning this into a political or ethical rant or debate. What is interesting, though, is that the raid that resulted was Tweeted LIVE…. albeit that the Tweeter was, at the time, unaware of the significance.

The BBC reports that Sohaib Athar, who lives near to the compound where Bin Laden was hiding in Pakistan, Tweeted about the helicopter hovering above the compound. You can read the BBC story on this here.

Since confirmation of Bin Laden’s death, there have been 150,000 likes on a “Bin Laden is dead,” Facebook page and, as you would expect “osama,” and “obl” are trending globally on Twitter.

In fact, I personally heard about this through Twitter first! I read something and verified it on the BBC. I’m sure I’m not alone.

Social media is fast becoming the primary source of news and a platform on which people can share reactions to it. That was illustrated perfectly with the death of Bin Laden today.