Osama bin Laden dead, celebration ensues
Last night as I was getting ready for the upcoming week and getting ready to call it a night, I saw breaking news that President Obama would address the nation. I thought, this must be serious, 10:30pm (EST) on a Sunday night. Strange. Maybe it’s about Libya, but thats not breaking enough to happen late on a Sunday. Speculation started coming in, it’s about national security. This can’t be good I thought. As time went on, Obama finally came to address the nation somewhere around 11:30pm.
Osama bin Laden is DEAD I heard! I took to Twitter to see the joyous reactions and the celebratory tweets. The White House uploaded the press conference video here if you want to watch it. It’s short and to the point, where Obama expresses gratitude to the great work by U.S. operatives to bring justice to Osama bin Laden.
The traffic on Twitter last night for the Osama news was insane. I haven’t seen so many trending topics and posts on one single event before. Venture Beat even stated that the news drove more traffic than the Royal Wedding, which was huge in of itself. Here is a chart showing the spike in traffic to Twitter.
There is some raw video that surfaced of the compound where Osama was hiding out showing a fire after the U.S. Special Forces came in and took out Osama.
The tweets on Twitter last night were pretty good. Here are some of the better ones I pulled out of the stream that should make you a smile.
Also, it has come to light that one Twitter user @ReallyVirtual was Tweeting the Osama special mission as it was happening unbeknownst to him. He tweeted “Helicopter hovering above Abbottabad at 1AM (is a rare event).” He went on to Tweet other events happening, not knowing he was live tweeting about the special ops mission in Abbottabad, Pakistan. This entire news story and event is unbelievable and today is most certainly a good day for the U.S. but as we all know, the “war on terrorism” will never be over and if anything, Al Qaeda will probably retaliate with more craziness than ever before.