Sure, President Barack Obama wanted to make the big announcement personally that U.S. Special Forces had killed global terrorist Osama bin Laden, unfortunately, social media waits for no one. Not even the president.
Somehow Obama had kept the lid on the pursuit and planned raid of Osama’s fortress for weeks, but once the attack went down, it was all over the social media network. In fact, one Twitter user living in Pakistan unknowingly Tweeted about the raid as it was happening. He saw a jump in his Followers from 700 to more than 60,000 in less than a day once his news spread. Across Facebook folks were talking about the death of Osama bin Laden hours before the president went on televisions to make the announcement. In fact, you could call it the worst kept secret ever thanks to social media.
An hour before President Barack Obama’s formal announcement of Osama bin Laden’s death, the news spread rapidly throughout popular social media networks Twitter and Facebook.
Fox, Journalism professor at UMass, talks about the changing media landscape and how this was evidenced when news broke that bin Laden was dead almost an hour before President Barack Obama announced it live on TV from the White House.
University of Massachusetts Journalism Professor Steve Fox describes how multi-platform media is changing the way people discover news.
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