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.
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.
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.
Until he begins to realize the enormity of what he’s just experienced:
From the outside looking in
We can see from his tweets that Sohaib began using Twitter so he could piece together what was going on. He also spoke to people locally and tweeted that into his stream. The photo @ReallyVirtual posted shows the town of Abbottabad looking almost deserted.
until he realized this thing was going big time:
Fresh from the internet, a Foursquare mockery of Barack Obama ousting Bin Laden:
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:
- Beauty, Fashion & Glamor
- Career & Work
How has Twitter changed how you get your news?