How’d you like to be minding your own business one night and an international celebrity the next? No doubt by now you’ve heard of Sohaib Athar, the man who broke the news of the attack on Osama bin Laden on Twitter.
His first Tweet was innocent enough: “Helicopter hovering above Abbottabad at 1AM (is a rare event).”
But what followed was Athar’s Tweet by Tweet account of the attack. @RealityVirtual.
But he wasn’t the only one getting in on the act. According to social media analysis there were more than 2 million mentions of bin Laden on Twitter in a matter of hours. During President Obama’s speech Twitter reports about 5,000 Tweets per second. The discussion has since continued on Facebook and in blogs.
The behavior reinforces what we saw just a few days ago during the royal wedding. People will no longer passively sit and get the news. They crave the ability to interact and participate in global events.
I’m happy to say areavoices bloggers are contributing to the discussion with blog posts about how to talk to your kids about the attack at the KidCrazy blog to reaction from Minnesota leaders in Capitol Chatter.
For Athar’s part, he’s now gained more than 75,000 Twitter followers. One of his last posts asked people to leave him alone because he wanted to get some sleep. The price he pays as a social media superstar.