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kpete Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-02-11 09:26 AM
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Here’s the guy who unwittingly live-tweeted the raid on Bin Laden
Edited on Mon May-02-11 09:39 AM by kpete
Here’s the guy who unwittingly live-tweeted the raid on Bin Laden


by Mike Butcher on May 2, 2011

Yesterday Sohaib Athar (@ReallyVirtual on Twitter) was just a “an IT consultant taking a break from the rat-race by hiding in the mountains”, specifically Abbottabad, northern Pakistan.

The IT contractor and graduate of Preston University (which would account for his excellent British-sounding English) also says he’s a ‘startup specialist’ on his LinkedIn profile.

But today he will become known as the guy who, while live-tweeting a series of helicopter flypasts and explosion, unwittingly covered the US forces helicopter raid on Osama Bin Laden’s compound. And he knows it.

Here’s a selection of his Tweets:
MORE:
http://eu.techcrunch.com/2011/05/02/heres-the-guy-who-u... /
Osama Bin Laden is dead: Here's how Twitter broke the news live
Chap liveblogs historic event without even knowing
http://www.pocket-lint.com/news/39806/twitter-reveals-b...
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Skinner ADMIN Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-02-11 09:28 AM
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1. Whoa.
I think that shows how connected the world has become. Pretty amazing.
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TrogL Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-02-11 09:30 AM
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2. Craftygal's been following him
He had to turn off his "new person following me" notification because he was getting swamped.
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KurtNYC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-02-11 09:32 AM
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3. interesting
instant unwitting journalism. The way of the future.
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lonestarnot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-02-11 09:32 AM
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4. Not a tweeter, find it amusing.
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yodermon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-02-11 09:43 AM
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5. So a helicopter went down? Whose helicopter? anyone killed?
Edited on Mon May-02-11 09:44 AM by yodermon
Do the details from these tweets square with the media reports?
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Skinner ADMIN Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-02-11 09:46 AM
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6. FWIW
I think it's possible that a dude tweeting from inside his house at 1 am might not get all the facts exactly right.
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yodermon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-02-11 11:59 AM
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8. lol, ok this is true. n/t
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IrishBuckeye Donating Member (336 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-02-11 12:11 PM
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12. One of the heli's stalled out and the military has to destroy it with bombs/ nm
/nm
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highplainsdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-02-11 09:47 AM
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7. See replies 58, 59 & 61 in this topic collecting tweets - those tweets & Russert & Olbermann's
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JackRiddler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-02-11 12:09 PM
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11. Bin Ladin is dead and Russert's alive? Will miracles never cease.
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AngryAmish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-02-11 12:02 PM
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9. I'm sorry, this story just puts a smile on my face
There is this dude who is utterly anonymous and hurts no one. Then - boom - he is an international celebrity. Very "Life of Brian."
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fishwax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-02-11 12:08 PM
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10. wow, that's a bit crazy
:kick:
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