@keithurbahn, Osama Bin Laden, and the Power of One Tweet

Just over a week ago, Twitter exploded with activity in response to the news that Osama Bin Laden had been killed. Incredibly, this news broke long before Obama made his official televised announcement. Most analysts are crediting a Tweet from Donald Rumsfeld Chief of Staff, Keith Urbahn. Read More
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How It All Went Down

SocialFlow's diagram of how Urbahn's Tweet sent out ripples on Twitter: http://flic.kr/p/9F7qbN

The New York Times examines the larger story of how the story leaked prior to Obama's announcement: http://nyti.ms/lIPSH5

The Tweet Heard Round the World
Keith Urbahn @keithurbahn
So I'm told by a reputable person they have killed Osama Bin Laden. Hot damn.
And the Immediate Response:
Jake Sherman @JakeSherman
Rumsfeld chief, @keithurbahn , says he's told bin laden is dead.
Byron Tau @ByronTau
The rumor mill begins. RT @JakeSherman: Rumsfeld chief, @keithurbahn , says he's told bin laden is dead.
Brian Stelter @brianstelter
Chief of staff for former defense sec. Rumsfeld, @keithurbahn, tweets: "I'm told by a reputable person they have killed Osama Bin Laden."
Joshua Foust @joshuafoust
Eh. We've heard it before. RT @keithurbahn: So I'm told by a reputable person they have killed Osama Bin Laden. Hot damn.
Keith Urbahn @keithurbahn
Don't know if its true, but let's pray it is.
Blake News @blakehounshell
Rumsfeld spokesman RT @keithurbahn: So I'm told by a reputable person they have killed Osama Bin Laden. Hot damn.
Dave Weigel @daveweigel
Rumsfeld spox RT @keithurbahn: So I'm told by a reputable person they have killed Osama Bin Laden. Hot damn.
Tweetin' Fred McNulty 프레드 맥널티 @tweetinfred
From the chief of staff of Rumsfeld? Wow. RT @keithurbahn So I'm told by a reputable person they have killed Osama Bin Laden. Hot damn.
Nick McClellan @nickmcclellan
Gotta be this!! RT @daveweigel: Rumsfeld spox RT @keithurbahn: So I'm told by a reputable person they have killed Osama Bin Laden. Hot damn.
Noah Leavitt @noahleavitt
I'm all in on Bin-Laden. RT @keithurbahn So I'm told by a reputable person they have killed Osama Bin Laden. Hot damn.
Byron Tau @ByronTau
And soon ends! RT @jeneps: for the next 3 mins RT @ByronTau: The rumor mill begins. RT @JakeSherman: Rumsfeld chief told bin laden is dead.
Eelco Bosch van Rosenthal @eelcobvr
There you have it? Werkt voor Rumsfeld: RT @keithurbahn So I'm told by a reputable person they have killed Osama Bin Laden. Hot damn.
Keith Urbahn @keithurbahn
Ladies, gents, let's wait to see what the President says. Could be misinformation or pure rumor.
Brian Stelter @brianstelter
The whispers about bin Laden are getting louder in Washington circles. The media is by and large being careful not to jump the gun though.
Brian Stelter @brianstelter
CBS News producer reports: RT @jacksonjk: House Intelligence committee aide confirms that Osama Bin Laden is dead. U.S. has the body.
Brian Stelter @brianstelter
This is truly the best stand-by-for-news moment EVER.
Joshua Foust @joshuafoust
So, there has been a pause in drone attacks. And now a CIA op, overseas. Guys, just say it's the dead body of Osama bin Laden.
Laughing Squid @LaughingSquid
US president @BarackObama is about to issue a special statement to the people of the world that you can watch live here http://owl.li/4KS3V
my pal andy @andylevy
Fox News confirms bin Laden is dead.
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Comment

Chirpinator @chirpinator 10/05/2011 18:27:30 WIB
Added links to related articles about @keithurbahn and his OBL Tweet.
greg tee @GregT2U2 10/05/2011 18:38:17 WIB
This pivotal moment has been captured in a third eye perspective. The task of figuring out who tweeted what, when, is simplified, yet left to the reader to determine. As usual, nice job. Spread your wings once again.
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