On May 1st, 2011 at 10:25pm EST, while President Barack Obama was writing his speech to America announcing the death and capture of UBL, a tweet was first posted on Twitter announcing that very news almost an hour before it became common public knowledge.
According to The New York Times, credit for the leak went to Keith Urbahn, the chief of staff for Donald Rumsfeld and a former Navy intelligence officer. His tweet, “So I’m told by a reputable person they have killed Osama Bin Laden. Hot damn,” was credited by The Times as the first to report the news. Keith Urbahn was the chief of staff for the former defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld.
Urbahn later tweeted, “Don’t know if its true, but let’s pray it is.”
With so much going on in the world today, on what seems like a weekly basis, with countries under intense violence and revolutions, social media has definitely left it’s fingerprint on this period of world history. Today, when a person experiences something significant, they seemed very inclined to share it with their friends and followers on their social networks. When someone is seeing dramatic visuals, a cell phone is pulled out to record video footage that is immediately uploaded to YouTube. Social media has become the world’s forum for everyone to join in the public dialogue on important events that matter to everyone.
Since this news has broke, Twitter, Facebook, and blogs have lit up with comments, stories, and celebration. It’s a great day to be an American and I’m glad to share with everybody via our electronic community.