Not since the suicide of Adolf Hitler on April 30, 1945 have so many people been so happy over the death of a single man. The killing of Osama bin Laden -- almost ten years after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 -- is one of those events for which people will long remember where and when they heard the news. I heard the news from a Facebook update via a mobile device, or rather my friend's mobile device. We were immersed in a long movie -- the Godfather, fittingly, just after Michael Corleone exacts revenge against the man who tried to kill his father -- when he checked his smartphone and saw an update from a friend.
Actually the update was rather opaque -- "Congrats to US Special Ops troops and all our military service men and women" -- leading us to think it was somehow related to Libya at first. Only a quick visit to CNN.com, also via mobile device, clarified the meaning of the Facebook post. Still, I have to give social media the credit for breaking the news initially; considering how engrossing Coppola's classic is, we were unlikely to hear for another few hours, but for the mobile Facebook check-in.
I'm curious to hear how readers found out; in fact I'd like to conduct an impromptu poll. Did you get the initial news from broadcast TV news, radio news, social media, personal word-of-mouth, or print? And once you got the initial report, where did you go for more extensive reporting (e.g., exact circumstances surrounding the operation)? Did you watch Obama's speech live on TV? Live via streaming online video? Or did you miss it and watch it later (or not at all)? And, how much of the information was delivered via mobile device?