#OBL: @ReallyVirtual becomes viral star after witnessing and tweeting Osama raid

Sohib Athar (@ReallyVirtual) twitter
(CBS/What's Trending) It's no surprise that Twitter is the first to break a story this day in age. The news of Osama bin Laden's death began leaking to the masses even before President Obama made his official announcementwhile addressing the nation.

According to @TwitterGlobalPr, "Twitter reached more than 4000 Tweets per second tonight at the beginning and end of President Obama's speech," making #Osama #OBL #Abbottabad (the city in Pakistan where bin Laden was killed) the most tweeted phrases.

While White House official Dan Pfeiffer and Donald Rumsfeld's Chief of Staff, Keith Urbahn seemed to be the first to tweet the news, blogger Sohaib Athar also known as @reallyvirtual has became a viral star for actually live tweeting during the raid itself.

How's that for breaking a story? According to his blog, the 30-something is an independent software consultant from Lahore, Pakistan who has "been playing with 3D graphics programming and web applications for almost a decade and blogging since 2002." From his Twitter feed, Athar, like any eye-witness to the biggest story of this decade, is now being inundated with Twitter replies and emails.

He spoke to Reuters about his experience breaking news without knowing it, but I think the the title of his latest blog post says it all: " The guy who liveblogged the Osama Raid Without Knowing It."

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