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Twitter has reported that Osama bin Laden’s death is the most tweeted about event in the social media site’s history. Most notably, many people first found out about the news through the site and numerous retweets of reports before the official confirmation was made. So, Dan Zarella decided to analyze the earliest tweets to see what we could learn from them.


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Zarella analyzed over 1 million tweets that were posted between 10:25 and 11:30 eastern time on Sunday night. The major networks broke the news at around 10:45 and the president addressed the nation at approximately 11:30.

He found that many of the most retweeted accounts were major news sources like the New York Times, CNN and the AP. They all started tweeting around 10:45. The first major spike in Osama related tweets occurred at 10:32 and centered around a tweet by CNN news producer Jill Jackson. Jackson was retweeted more than 11,000 times, the highest in Zarella’s data set…


(Credit: Infographic by Dan Zarrella)