Shohaib Athar is, in his own words, “the guy who live-blogged the Osama raid without knowing it.” A computer programmer whom The Associated Press reports is 33-years-old and lives in Abbottabad, Pakisan, Athar tweeted throughout the night about what he was hearing — without realizing for hours what was happening. Here are some of his Tweets, re-Tweets and Twitter conversations presented chronologically. His initial tweet was:

“Helicopter hovering above Abbottabad at 1AM (is a rare event).”


Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks is the host and editor of KQED’s health and technology blog, Future of You. He is the former editor of KQED’s daily news blog, News Fix. A veteran blogger, he previously worked for Yahoo! in various news writing and editing roles. He was also the editor of, which documented user-generated content about the financial crisis and recession. Jon is also a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S. He has written about film for his own blog and studied film at Boston University. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College.

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