Bin Laden Assassination Accidentally Live Tweeted

Can you imagine live tweeting the death of a heavily armed, dangerous and evasive military leader suspected of being responsible for the 9/11 attacks?  Turns out a  local Twitter user in Abbottabad, Pakistan who goes by @reallyvirtual did just that.

Sohaib Athar
ReallyVirtual Sohaib Athar
A huge window shaking bang here in Abbottabad Cantt. I hope its not the start of something nasty :-S

Before turning in for the evening, I caught “Abbottabad” trending on Twitter that Osama Bin Laden was killed today.

From CNN’s website, it looks like the loud bang could of been when Special Forces destroyed the helicopter for security reasons after it crashed:

The U.S. team was at the compound for about 40 minutes, the officials said. There were no casualties on the American side, although a U.S. helicopter crashed during the raid due to mechanical problems. The helicopter was then destroyed for security reasons, senior administration officials said.

Helicopter Jokes

Initially it seems that the Twitter user, Sohaib Athar didn’t know what was going on.  Based on the photo Sohaib uploaded earlier today to TwitPic and what was being said on Twitter about the town of Abbottabad. it’s fairly quiet and not a military installment.  Probably the last place to find Bin Laden hiding out except that his mansion, built in 2005, had “12 foot high concrete walls” according to the New York Times article.

Sohaib Athar

ReallyVirtual Sohaib Athar
Helicopter hovering above Abbottabad at 1AM (is a rare event).
10 hours ago

Sohaib Athar

ReallyVirtual Sohaib Athar
Go away helicopter – before I take out my giant swatter :-/
10 hours ago

Until he begins to realize the enormity of what he’s just experienced:
Sohaib Athar

ReallyVirtual Sohaib Athar
The abbottabad helicopter/UFO was shot down near the Bilal Town area, and there’s report of a flash. People saying it could be a drone.
9 hours ago

Sohaib Athar

ReallyVirtual Sohaib Athar
Two helicpoters, one down, could actually be the training accident scenario they’re saying it was >> http://bit.ly/ioGE6O
photo @ReallyVirtual posted shows the town of Abbottabad looking almost deserted.

Terminal X

terminalxpk Terminal X
by ReallyVirtual
A Major of the #Pakistan #Army‘s 19 FF, Platoon CO says incident at #Abbottabad where #helicopter crashed is accidental and not an “attack”
8 hours ago

Sohaib Athar

ReallyVirtual Sohaib Athar
and now I feel I must apologize to the pilot about the swatter tweets :-/
8 hours ago

Sohaib Athar
ReallyVirtual Sohaib Athar
Report from a taxi driver: The army has cordoned off the crash area and is conducting door-to-door search in the surrounding
Sohaib Athar
ReallyVirtual Sohaib Athar
Interesting rumors in the otherwise uneventful Abbottabad air today
3 hours ago

This has been seen in the past with breaking news on politics, natural disasters and celebrity deaths like the recent Tsunami in Japan.  Check out this infographic showing the explosion of tweets for the earthquake in Chile created by Juan Pablo Campusano:

and retweeted the jokes:

Sohaib Athar
ReallyVirtual Sohaib Athar
RT @ISuckBigTime: Osama Bin Laden killed in Abbottabad, Pakistan.: ISI has confirmed it << Uh oh, there goes the neighborhood :-/
3 hours ago

Chris Hoy Poy
kryanth Chris Hoy Poy
by ReallyVirtual
how long before the “Call of Duty : Abbottabad, Pakistan” expansion hits the stores?
2 hours ago

until he realized this thing was going big time:

Sohaib Athar
ReallyVirtual Sohaib Athar
and here come the mails from the mainstream media… *sigh*
Sohaib Athar
ReallyVirtual Sohaib Athar
Uh oh, now I’m the guy who liveblogged the Osama raid without knowing it.
Sohaib Athar
ReallyVirtual Sohaib Athar
I need to sleep, but Osama had to pick this day to die :-/
Sohaib Athar

ReallyVirtual Sohaib Athar
Uh oh, time to log out of Skype, this is insane
38 minutes ago

Sohaib Athar

ReallyVirtual Sohaib Athar
For the curious, here is life in abbottabad two minutes ago http://twitpic.com/4s8nfq
helpimahostage aka (e)JOSH
Man inadvertently tweets details of Osama bin Laden assassination.http://bit.ly/lPF7Cr #osama #obl #abbottabad
12 minutes ago

remarkablogger

remarkablogger remarkablogger
Obama outsts Bin Laden as mayor of Abbottabad Mansion on Foursquare - http://ow.ly/4KWGE
ReallyVirtual Sohaib Athar
For the curious, here is life in abbottabad two minutes agohttp://twitpic.com/4s8nfq
anildash Anil Dash
The crazy thing about Bin Laden being in Abbottabad is that it is a tourist town, like if he’d caught in Vail or the Hamptons or something.
2 hours ago

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Fresh from the internet, a Foursquare mockery of Barack Obama ousting Bin Laden:

Summary

Twitter is a powerful tool to staying current on what’s going on in the world but remember it’s a two way street and as a Twitter user, you have the ability to share your experiences just like @ReallyVirtual did.

Sohaib did’t know his tweets would have so much significance later on but he took the time to share it.  I can identify with him because I was in that same boat when I blogged about a security problem on a political website and almost 4 months later, the media got ahold of the story when Wikileaks became involved.

I gave up watching TV back in 2006 and began to turn to blogs.  Since then, I’ve created a network of people I follow who have become my “human newspaper” with Twitter and can quickly find out what’s going on in the world.  I have every section that you would find in a big city including:

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