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Visualizing how Twitter spread news of bin Laden's death

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Thousands of words have been written this week about how Twitter had the first reports that the United States had found and killed Osama bin Laden, but a start-up called SocialFlow has published a fascinating visual look at how the news originated and spread on Twitter.

At the center of the bin Laden Twitter storm that erupted Sunday night is Keith Urbahn (@Keithurbahn), the former chief of staff to Donald Rumsfeld who tweeted at 10:25 EST, "So I'm told by a reputable person they have killed Osama Bin Laden. Hot damn."

Despite being relatively unknown outside of political circles and having just over 1,000 followers, Ubahn's credibility led to 80 retweets within one minute, including one from New York Times reporter Brian Stelter, reports SocialFlow. The company analyzed 14.8 million tweets and bitly links to understand the impact of a single tweet, starting from when news of the unplanned presidential address broke at 9:46 p.m. EST to when Obama finally gave his speech at 11:30 p.m. EST.

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