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The death of the world’s most wanted man has broken all records on Twitter.

Already, the columns are pouring in (out?) about the role Twitter has played in public reaction to the event, just as there were those who pointed to Friday’s royal wedding as the first social media news event.

It used to be that jokes, sometimes in questionable taste, about major events made the rounds by telephone, or showed up first on late-night TV. Today, those jokes, from celebrities and the rest of us, showed up on Twitter.

Here’s a look at some of those tweets from the UK.

lilyroseallen: I know that Osama Bin Laden is dead, but if we could all stop for a minute to consider todays REAL news I’d very much appreciate it.

lilyroseallen: It is my birthday, I am 26.

KatieWeasel: Osama Bin Laden had been on the FBI’s 10 most wanted list for 3410 days, almost as long as Adele’s album has been at the top of the charts

DesKellyDM: Breaking: CIA track down Osama Bin Laden after he foolishly RSVPs Royal Wedding invitation. #obl

sampepper‎: I met Osama Bin Laden one time, he weren’t that bad.

Alexxtommy‎: Osama Bin Laden may be dead but Voldemort is still at large.

MaverickR1: The rumour that Osama Bin Laden had been hiding in Arsenal’s trophy cabinet over the last 6 years has finally been dispelled!! #THFC

MyTruelad‎: So Osama Bin Laden is dead… Amazing what the Americans can do when the Playstation Network is down #LADS

Lyle_l‎: Osama Bin Laden – World Hide And Seek Champion (2001-2011)



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By Paul Hechinger