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Osama Bin Laden’s Death: an Erupt on Social Media

When social media was blowing up with the royal wedding news, and online buzz surrouning the this event had surpassed the chatter that surrounded the Japan earthquake and the Egypt domestic uprising, the news of Osama Bin Laden’s death erputs on social networking sites and has caused a bigger traffic spike than the royal wedding.

Before the President made a live statement to confirm, Twitter and Facebook exploded with reports of “Osama Bin Laden is dead”.Within about two hours of reports first surfacing, a Facebook Page titled “Osama Bin Laden is DEAD” has already accumulated more than 150,000 “likes.”

While this is a great victory for the war on terrorism, this has become a pivotal moment for social media. A few key reporters who gained the message put it on Twitter immediately. This message then spread throughout the “twitosphere” and beyond in a matter of minutes. By the time President Obama made his report the entire world knew of Bin Laden’s death.  Social media can work better than traditional news media. Besides, within this message spreading, we are joining that conversation on a scale never seen before. Politicians, movie stars, and us common folk could all talk about this issue on a level field… social media.

The news of Osama Bin Laden’s death spreaded to all corners of the world faster than the speed of light, and showed us all the true power social media can have. In terms of business, with the leverage of social media, just one piece of information – good or bad – can circle the world in seconds.

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