May 2, 2011

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The Guy Who Live-Tweeted Bin Laden's Killing Without Knowing It

Sohaib Athar (@reallyvirtual), an IT consultant who lives in the suddenly famous Pakistani town of Abbottabad. Yesterday he live tweeted the historical bloody raid of US which killed the most hunted man Osama Bin Laden.

About 1AM local time, Athar tweeted that a helicopter was circling -- an unusual occurrence in the quiet town. He joked that he had to get his giant fly swatter out.

A couple minutes later, he heard a big explosion. He followed that up with a handful of tweets speculating what was up, and presenting the official government story.
Six hours later, the news broke and Athar realized what he actually heard.
Suddenly, Athar is a minor celebrity fielding emails from the mainstream media.
All he seems to want is for the power to come back on so he can have his morning coffee.

And yes Twitter once again proved its value as a news source.

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