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Timeline of Tweets Around Death of Osama Bin Laden

This is a recreation of key tweets from eyewitnesses, journalists, news orgs and others around the killing of Osama Bin Laden.


  1. It started with a few innocent tweets from an IT consultant, Sohaib Athar (@ReallyVirtual), who had left Lahore, Pakistan, to live in a quiet area that he figured was more safe. That just happened to be near Osama bin Laden's compound, where he reported on the helicopter landing first-hand. He went from a few hundred followers on Twitter to more than 62,000, and counting.
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  3. Obama spokesman Dan Pfeiffer said the president would address the nation, though the address ended up being later. That set off a round of rumors on Twitter.
  4. Even a spoof Twitter feed, @OsamainHell, sprung up before the official news broke.