Tweeting Bin Laden's Death

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SocialFlow analyzed 14.8 million public Tweets, and bitly links, posted between news about an unplanned presidential address (9:46 p.m. EST) and Obama’s address (11:30 p.m. EST) to see how dynamics of rumor creation played out during those critical hours on Twitter.


It all began at 10:24 p.m. EST when @keithurbahn tweeted that he heard from a trusted source that Osama Bin Laden was killed. Within 2 minutes 300 people had retweeted or reacted to this message. From there the news spread like wildfire. An hour in advance of President Obama's scheduled announcement of the event Twitter had trumped mainstream media in breaking the news of Bin Laden's death.

Link - Via Laughing Squid

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Awesome visual. I think people have taken this for granted. Think about that infographic and how far we've come in communication & world connections in just the past few years. We are living in amazing times and the computerization & technology continues to multiply exponentially. I just don't think a lot of people have a full grasp of it.
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Not really sure how this is so surprising.

Also worth to mention maybe is the fact that every second a million rumors are spread that turn out not to be true. Maybe that is an exaggeration but still; it probably explains why more serious media are a bit more hesitant. ;)
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