It began as a trickle, but soon the news of Gaddafi's demise dominated the social media landscape.
Al Jazeera has been widely credited as the news organisation responsible for breaking the news of Gaddafi's capture and subsequent death in Sirte.
The reaction from Libyans and supporters of a regime change in the country was immediate and overwhelmingly positive.
World leaders have been slow to take to their social media accounts, but Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard and British PM David Cameron tweeted these short statements:
When 9 News shared the news on Facebook, there was a mixed response with some readers questioning his death rather than capture, and others unconvinced until the photographic and video evidence was released.
Amanda Downing for real or just another stunt ...
Ewa Zwarenkant sounds like another BS story like the killing of Bin Laden ... really ... did ANYONE believe that BS!!!
Kelly Mungoven hopeful its true, then the world can rejoice like we did with bin ladens death.
Robbie Williams wow......why dead....why not set him on trial?
Annette Lewis good riddance to bad rubbish ....
Susan Toro Wow if this is accurate, its amazing news!!! :)
Unsurprisingly, the British press held little back as the fallen dictator, responsible for the horrific bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie that claimed the lives of 259 people, dominated every front page. Sky News in the UK tweeted some of the majors: