Bin Laden Raid Broken, Live-Blogged on Twitter

Monday, May 2, 2011  |  Updated 6:56 AM PDT
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Bin Laden Raid Broken, Live-Blogged on Twitter

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News of Osama bin Laden's death broke on Twitter before more mainstream media outlets got the word out -- and one user was live-blogging the event without knowing precisely what was happening.

Keith Urbahn, a chief of staff for former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, tweeted, "So I'm told by a reputable person they have killed Osama Bin Laden. Hot damn," according to the New York Times and CNET.com.

The scoop is the biggest news event for Twitter since an airliner successfully crash-landed in the Hudson River in New York City.

In the Pakistani suburb (of the capital Islamabad) of Abbottabad where bin Laden was killed, Sohaib Athar was live-blogging details of the raid without fully knowing what was happening, according to VentureBeat.com.

Athar is reportedly an information technology manager at Really Virtual. He lived in the area where the raid happened, tweeting "A huge window shaking bang here in Abbottabad Cantt. I hope its not the start of something nasty :-S" and "Funny, moving to Abbottabad was part of the 'being safe' strategy."

After the attack Athar drilled down on the news, with mentions of Cobras, referencing U.S.-made Cobra attack helicopters.

Later that night, Athar tweeted "Uh oh, now I'm the guy who liveblogged the Osama raid without knowing it." And then, "... here come the mails from the mainstream media ... sigh."

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