College students turn to social media in wake of bin Laden death

GWU students celebrate after President Obama's address. Courtesy: Hunter Thomas

Keith Osentoski said he should have been studying for a final exam. Instead, the George Washington University (GWU) junior was thumbing through his iPhone Sunday night when campus Twitter chatter said students were gathering outside the White House to celebrate the death of Osama bin Laden.

Osentoski was one of more than 1,000 GWU students who flocked into the streets of Washington, D.C. after President Obama announced that a team of Navy SEALS had killed the famed terrorist leader, who had evaded authorities for a decade.

No bin Laden-specific Twitter hashtags emerged in the minutes after Obama’s late-night national address among GWU students, but opinions and celebration invitations flooded the social media site throughout the night and into the wee hours of Monday.…Read More