Like many people around the world, we learned about the death of Osama bin Laden not from a newspaper or TV, but from social networking sites, specifically Twitter. Standing in a long line for a movie, the news slowly rippled up and down the crowd, as people checked and then rechecked their smartphones in disbelief.
Later, we stayed up late watching as millions weighed in via Twitter about the death of the presumed architect of the 9/11 attacks. (There was even an IT consultant in Pakistan who unknowingly tweeted the assassination raid.)
The last time we remember Twitter exploding from a world news event was in the summer of 2009, when Michael Jackson died. But whose death got more cyber attention? Curious, we turned to Trendrr, a real-time metrics company, to see which international figure's death generated more Twitter traffic.