Twitter, Facebook, You Tube, Storify all different types of social media vas the media channel for the breaking news of Osama bin Laden death to thousands citizens around the world. Not only in the USA, but also across the globe, the historic news came through the social media platforms.

It was Twitter, not traditional media, that broke the news of Osama bin Laden’s death – is the article title of Eric Degans from St. Petersburg Times. The power of twitter was that every detail, from “9:47 p.m. announcement that President Barack Obama would speak to the nation, to confirmation from a CBS News producer at 10:32 p.m. that Bin Laden was dead and his body as in U.S. custody, happened first on Twitter”, wrote Degans.

The breaking news delivered via social media underline the question – whether Twitter’s role was above that on the traditional media, especially cable broadcasters. What really happen?

“Text message, email and alerts from Twitter and Facebook, in many instances before the details had been reported by the cable television networks”, reported Cory Dade in NPR article On social media, American react to bin laden death. “Helicopter hovering above Abbottabad at 1 AM ( is a rare event) was the tweet of Shohaib Athar, who blogged the Osama raid without knowing it.

One of the twits of Athar was: Bin Laden is dead. I didn’t kill him – Let me sleep now.

The annoying sound of the helicopters under his house was the first sign to tweet on the breaking news and without knowing on its importance. As the news went around the world, the number of Athar followers rise up to 14,000.

There is no doubt – a new media revolution is coming with the social media, especially in the part of the breaking news and supporting the broadcast content to deliver key messages. Facebook and Twitter brought last and this year many important breaking news from the rescue of Chilean miners, revolutions in Egypt and other African countries to the breaking news of 2011 – death of Osama bin Laden.