How did you hear about the Royal Wedding? Osama’s death?

May 4th, 2011

What a last couple of days it has been! From the white iPhone to a white Royal Wedding, and from President Obama’s jabs at Donald Trump to the death of Osama bin Laden, truly, this has been a week worth following. Last week, social media platforms were on fire with the Royal Wedding- everything from her projected hairstyles to how long it takes his shoes to be shined.

Who would’ve guessed that just two days later, we’re hearing about this 10-year-long manhunt coming to an end? The media has shifted and is now riddled with stories regarding the compound where bin Laden stayed, and how his death triggered a spread of computer viruses, affecting millions. What does this mean for the social media world around us? How long will this stay in the news? How many videos will be released regarding this event? It is an exciting time to share information and learn about this event in its entirety from the comfort of your home.

One thing is for sure: information is often emotionally charged. And that kind of information, spread through so many traditional and social media platforms, can affect the world. The morning after I heard the news about Osama, I was heading over to a conference. While entering a building, a man held open the door for me, wearing a giant American flag t-shirt, just beaming. He motioned me in and said, “It’s a great day to be an American!” It truly is a great time to be an American when strangers become friends, and all can rejoice together as patriots. But possibly the greatest celebration took place at the First Lawn of the White House. Read more details about the celebration here.

So stay tuned, contribute your two cents, and enjoy this victory we’ve won. As a side note, I predict there’ll be a Hollywood movie out recapping this bin Laden saga within one year from today.

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