According to a story on Adweek, moments before President Obama stood before reporters and delivered the news that Osama Bin Laden had been located, intercepted and killed in a private military compound in Pakistan, the story had been leaked on Twitter. It seems that Donald Rumsfeld's chief of staff, Keith Urbahn, posted it to Twitter.
It's hard to say whether history will care much about his being first to announce it publicly. Urbahn said in a later message that he got the news from a TV producer, so I think it unlikely that this is some sort of herald of the death of TV news.
It does however seem to be a frameable tweet.
Someone who knew something that we didn't was overwhelmed by the moment and posted it where others could see. It's absolutely poignant. That may make it something we will all remember.
About Phil Yanov
Phil Yanov is a Technologist, Columnist and Public Radio Commentator.
He is the founder of Tech After Five as well as the founder and President of the GSA Technology Council and the IT Leadership Council.
His personal technology column appears in Greenville Business Magazine and the Columbia Business Journal.
He co-hosts the Your Day technology shows heard on NPR radio stations across South Carolina and is a frequent contributor to technology stories appearing on radio and television.