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Social networking brings bin Laden's death close to home

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Before it was confirmed by the White House, social networking sites were buzzing that Osama bin Laden was dead.

After the official announcement was made, those same sites allowed ordinary people a chance to post their opinions.

A group of Dickinson College students who write for the campus newspaper, 'The Dickinsonian' said social networking sites were how many of their peers heard the news. As campus celebrations started, postings to those same sites landed them on national news.

In the early hours of Monday morning, a group of Dickinson College students captured their peers dancing and singing after word spread that Osama Bin Laden was dead.

"We heard a lot of noise and went outside and saw people gathering," said Glenn Dunmire, who writes for the school paper.

Something else was also going on in the crowd.

"Even in the middle of the gathering, people were on Twitter and Facebook making announcements," said Dunmire.

The student journalists used the social network to share what was happening on campus with the world. They understand the difference between journalism and posting to social networking sites.

"When you have news agencies, it takes time for them to put out a good product, and I appreciate that," said student writer Matthew Korb, "But Facebook and Twitter and all those things allow me to get information up quick, and they allow for word of mouth."

Student journalist John Jones agrees. "In that sense, social networking worked two ways, it was a source of information for us, but it was also a source of distribution for us."

The students expected their weekly edition of The Dickinsonian to be more popular than ever this week.

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