Live from Abbottabad

As U.S. forces stormed a house in Abbottabad, Pakistan, one Sunday afternoon, a local resident, Sohaib Athar, mused on Twitter about the annoying helicopters buzzing around his neighborhood. Hours later, Athar, an IT consultant, learned with the rest of the world that he had unintentionally been live-tweeting the May 2, 2011, Navy SEAL raid that killed Osama bin Laden. The event turned Athar into a media sensation and a legend among the Twitterati. Athar is just back home from Austin, Texas, where he discussed his experience at the 2012 South by Southwest conference—and he's still tweeting to more than 73,000 followers: "I can't believe southwest airline lost my new bag from Austin to Tampa!"

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