Osama Bin Laden killed: Twitter's moment?!? Um no.

Summary:As reports that the U.S. took out Osama bin Laden spread, Twitter once again revealed itself as a great tool. But bin Laden's death was a far bigger moment than Twitter's tale.

In technology's insular media world we often tie global news events to Twitter. In fact, if it's a world event we break out our "just add Twitter" story formula and deploy it early and often.

Now it's great for Twitter that the uptime was there. And yes Twitter probably trumped the mainstream media---sort of. But for me it's downright silly to call Bin Laden's death a moment for Twitter. Or Google. Or any other tech hook we're trying to find.

Let's get real. Bin Laden's death is a moment for all of those troops fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq. And it's justice for those families torn apart in the attacks on New York and Washington D.C. on that sunny morning Sept. 11, 2001. Finally, it's a good day to the team of CIA paramilitaries and Navy SEALs that whacked bin Laden.

Do we really give a rat's ass if Twitter had its CNN moment? I'm wondering more about what comes next with al Qaeda.

So there were a few tweets worth noting. Let's not go overboard. Twitter is a tool and a damn good one. But we may want to spend a few moments peeking out of our little tech bubble.

Topics: Social Enterprise


Larry Dignan is Editor in Chief of ZDNet and SmartPlanet as well as Editorial Director of ZDNet's sister site TechRepublic. He was most recently Executive Editor of News and Blogs at ZDNet. Prior to that he was executive news editor at eWeek and news editor at Baseline. He also served as the East Coast news editor and finance editor at CN... Full Bio

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