Osama Bin Laden Death 2011: Roundup of Social Media Reaction

Since the first reports started coming through about Osama Bin Laden’s death, the social media world has been at fever pitch. We have already reported several times about different social networking and social media reactions to the news, but we thought it may be useful now to give you a roundup of this information.

The immediacy and widespread use of social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook has allowed people to share their thoughts about this news event and has once again emphasized just how much world news reporting has changed since the use of social media. Jolie O’ Dell over on Mashable has put together a useful slideshow of social media reaction to the news that Bin Laden had been killed and we’ll also link to some of our previous articles where applicable.

First off in a poll of 20,000 Mashable readers who were asked how they found out about Bin Laden’s death, 31% said they found out through Twitter and 20% said they found out on Facebook. That’s a staggering amount that found out through social media channels but bear in mind that Mashable readers would probably be more tech-savvy. We then saw how Twitter figures went through the roof with at one time, 12.4 million tweets per hour on the subject, and then also heard how people started to use Foursquare to check in to Bin Laden-related locations.

Of course there was the already infamous “Osama Bin Laden is Dead” Facebook page, and when photos of President Obama and security staff watching the raid were released on Flickr, one photo alone received 600,000 views in the first hour. There were also many reports and celebrations uploaded on YouTube and Yahoo queries about Bin Laden went up by a phenomenal 98,550%. For the full look at social media reaction check out the Mashable link above.

One thing that we can be sure of is that world news events will increasingly be heard first through social media platforms rather than traditional media routes. One man for example even liveblogged the raid that killed Bin Laden on Twitter. What are your thoughts about how people used social media to share the news about Bin Laden’s death? Let us have your comments on this.

  • jake123

    there is actully no prof that osama is dead all u have got is what you are told they so called burried him at sea wheres the prof of that no one has it no one will ever no he had so many doubles and look alikes they say they done a dna test so show us footage of that and obama watched live footage of the operation that so called killed osama so why cant we see that footage if he can we should be able to see that footage if he is realy dead we will be able to see all the details and prof that they have and until we see this evedence no one can say that he is actully dead.

    • mahoney

      its proof not prof