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.
- U.S. Airways plane goes down in Hudson. Naturally, it's a Twitter moment.
- Egypt uprising. Yup you guessed it. A big moment for Twitter.
- And now the U.S. conducts a raid overnight to kill 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden. You guessed it. Twitter has its CNN moment. Techmeme goes off the charts with an IT consultant unknowingly tweeting the firefight.
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.