Bin Laden Tweeter Becomes Internet Sensation

Abbottabad, Pakistan, from Shimla Hill. Photo: Fraz.khalid1

Abbottabad, Pakistan, from Shimla Hill. Photo: Fraz.khalid1

Without realizing, Sohaid Athar tweeted about the attacks on Osama bin Laden from the comforts of his suburban home in Abbottabad. Athar began tweeting his complaints about the noise disturbance from helicopters he heard about his home. After a few tweets, Athar and his followers began connecting the information of non-Pakistani helicopters and loud, vibrating, sounds in the area to the reported assassination of bin Laden. Athar was the first on the internet to publish real-time updates on the attack. Via The Raw Story:

An IT consultant who hoped for a quiet life in a summer resort town in Pakistan has become an Internet sensation as the first to report the attack on the world’s most wanted man.

Sohaib Athar was just another witty voice on micro-blogging site Twitter until he heard the sound of helicopters near his home in a Abbottabad, 30 miles (50 kilometres) north of Islamabad early Monday.

But Athar is now world famous with almost 90,000 Twitter “followers” — users who keep track of his messages — as the first person to record the attack on Osama bin Laden’s secret hideaway.

He was swamped with emails and interview requests from media around the globe and his blog was even attacked by Internet hackers.

[Continues at The Raw Story]

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  1. Well, interesting post, thanks!

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