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Twitter hits record on news of bin Laden's death

Sharon Gaudin | May 2, 2011
Twitter, Facebook become new sources for breaking news.


"Our dependence upon social media mirrors our growing dependence upon mobile devices," said Brad Shimmin, an analyst with Current Analysis. "What was at one time a curiosity and then a luxury has quickly become so intertwined throughout our daily lives that it is hard to imagine a world in which social networking had never been invented."

Shimmin said he first learned that bin Laden had been killed on Twitter, not on television.

"After first seeing one or two tweets on the subject, I quickly did a hashtag search to verify that what I was reading was being referenced by a large number of people and linked to a reputable news source. It was BBC News in this case," he added. "After that little process, I felt as though I could trust what I was reading and that I had been informed of the news from many different vantage points, each with independent motivations, backgrounds, national histories. I find that process much more trustworthy than listening to a single TV station."

 

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