Twitter index: live tweets of Osama Bin Laden's death

Twitter has turned into a tweet-by-tweet news agency on the morning of May 2 as people log on to read and post about the death of al-Qaeda founder Osama Bin Laden.

"#osama"  is at the top of Twitter's most talked about topics and the shortened version of Osama Bin Laden ("#obl") is in second place.

"Abbottabad," the name of a town located north of the Pakistani capital, Islamabad, and the location of Osama Bin Laden's hideout, is trending in fourth place.

Microbloggers are enthralled by the story of Twitter users Sohaib Athar (@ReallyVirtual) and Mohcin Shah (@m0hcin), social networkers living in Pakistan who unwittingly live-tweeted the events leading up to terrorist Osama Bin Laden's death.

"Helicopter hovering above Abbottabad at 1AM (is a rare event)," posted @ReallyVirtual hours before Bin Laden's death was announced by the US government. @m0hcin added, "Just talked to family in Abbottabad, say they heard three blasts one after another, don't know what really happened."

"Navy Seals" is in fifth place as users tweet "If the world ever learns the names of those Navy SEALs who took out Bin Laden, those guys will never have to buy their own drinks again."

Hundreds of students are crowding around and jumping into "Mirror Lake" on the campus of Ohio State University to celebrate Bin Laden's death, report Twitterers.

Jokes about Bin Laden meeting "Saddam Hussein" in hell are also filling the microblogs this morning.

"#becauseofmyex" is in third place, "Jack Bauer," a character from the TV series 24, in in sixth place, the name of recently deceased English heavyweight boxer "Henry Cooper" is in eighth place, and "Baldor" is in tenth place.

The top 10 most talked about topics on Twitter on May 2 at 7:30 AM GMT are:

  1. #osama (new)
  2. #obl (new)
  3. #becauseofmyex (new)
  4. Abbottabad (new)
  5. Navy Seals (new)
  6. Jack Bauer (new)
  7. Mirror Lake (new)
  8. Henry Cooper (new)
  9. Baldor (new)
  10. Saddam Hussein (new)
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