Sunday, May 1, 2011

News of Osama's Death Explodes on Twitter; Check Out Osama's Diggs on Google Maps

At 10:25 p.m., Keith Urbahn, the chief of staff for former defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld, tweeted “So I’m told by a reputable person they have killed Osama Bin Laden. Hot damn.”
That is all it took for the twitterverse to explode.

Different ways new media used in announcement of Osama's death:

Just an hour after President Obama address the nation, Osama's hiding place can be found on google maps.

Phillies fans reaction to Osama bin Laden's death uploaded to youtube

President Obama speech was streamed live on the White House website, while those on facebook could engage in a live discussion.

People shared their thoughts via facebook, including former president George W. Bush:
"Earlier this evening, President Obama called to inform me that American forces killed Osama bin Laden, the leader of the al Qaeda network that attacked America on September 11, 2001.  I congratulated him and the men and women of our military and intelligence communities who devoted their lives to this mission.  They have our everlasting gratitude.  This momentous achievement marks a victory for America, for people who seek peace around the world, and for all those who lost loved ones on September 11, 2001.  The fight against terror goes on, but tonight America has sent an unmistakable message:  No matter how long it takes, justice will be done."

Videos and photos of people celebrating at ground zero hit the web right after Obama's address.
                                              HuffPost's Rob Fishman has provided the following image from Ground Zero

Obama's entire speech, along with a full transcript, is already available for viewing.

Considering how quickly this story spread, I'm extremely surprised they were able to keep this thing from us for a week!


Steelers Running Back Defends Bin Laden via Twitter:

Rashard Mendenhall, the Steelers running back, sparked controversy when we expressed his frustration with celebratory behavior of Americans regarding Osama bin Ladens death.
1. "What kind of person celebrates death? It's amazing how people can HATE a man they have never even heard speak. We've only heard one side...
2. "@dkeller23 We'll never know what really happened. I just have a hard time believing a plane could take a skyscraper down demolition style
3. "We'll never know what really happened," Mendenhall wrote. "I just have a hard time believing a plane could take a skyscraper down demolition style."


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