Monday, 2 May 2011

Socially Dead

So Bin Laden had no phone or internet connection at his 'retreat' at Abbottabad?  If he had Twitter he would have known within a few seconds that something was up. An IT expert living nearby Tweeted within moments of the US troops storming the compound:
Sohaib Athar
A huge window shaking bang here in Abbottabad Cantt. I hope its not the start of something nasty :-S.
Apocryphal words as it probably will be the start of something nasty if there are reprisals for Bin Laden's death.  This has definitely been a social media news story.  We were woken up at just after 4am this morning London time with the SKY major news alarm text. 
When I checked Google news at 04.15am just a handful of stories were appearing about Osama Bin Laden's death, but by 8am there were over thirteen thousand, Facebook pages had been set-up by Americans gloating over the death, Twitter was on meltdown and the printed versions of the newspapers - well they went to press too late for the story to break here.

Radio was doing a great job and my dear friend Steve Allen who usually presents a jovial mix of showbiz news and gossip had returned to his LBC news journalist roots and was presenting an informed show with some very interesting guests.

And will this be the start of something nasty? - I think we all hope not, Al-Qaeda's threat of a nuclear bomb in Europe if Bin Laden was killed should be taken very seriously by all of us.

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