Osama's death is first leaked on Twitter

Posted by David Khoirul

Twitter Osama bin laden died killed dead death howBefore it broke on television, I first heard about the death of Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden on social networks Twitter and Facebook. Keith Urbahn, the chief of staff for the former defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld, is said to be the first person who sent a tweet of the announcement of bin Laden's death. TV and media then followed.

That speculation was not aired out on television immediately, but it did erupt on Twitter and other social networking Web sites. Wishful thinking about bin Laden’s death ricocheted across the Web — and then, at 10:25 p.m., while Mr. Obama was writing his speech, one particular tweet seemed to confirm it. Keith Urbahn, the chief of staff for the former defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld, wrote at that time, “So I’m told by a reputable person they have killed Osama Bin Laden. Hot damn."

”Mr. Urbahn quickly added, “Don’t know if it ’ s true, but let ’ s pray it is.” He was credited by many on the Web with breaking the news, though he did not have first-hand confirmation.

[via The New York Times]

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