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Bin Laden News Takes Its Place in Social Media History

A graph of the spike in page views surrounding the news of bin Laden's death.

Last Friday, the Internet strained under the weight of all the interest in the Royal Wedding. Over the past 18 hours or so, the Internet has once again been tested by the news of Osama bin Laden’s death.

CNN says 4,000 tweets per second were posted at the peak of the news, putting it at the same level as the number of tweets for the Super Bowl but well below the number of tweets sent around the earthquake in Japan (more than 6,000). And according to Twitter PR, it was the “highest sustained rate of tweets ever,” with 5,106 tweets per second sent at 11 p.m. ET.”

(Latest Twitter news: TechCrunch announces that Twitter will purchase Tweetdeck.)

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‘Frowning Flower Girl’ Saves the Day

For those more interested in pints of Boddingtons than royal-nuptial pomp, little Grace van Cutsem came to the rescue.

It’s no wonder Prince William’s cranky three-year-old goddaughter – and great-great-great-granddaughter of William Waldorf Astor — became an instant Internet sensation: As Aaron Morrisey at DCist.com noted, with a single pose, the blogger-dubbed “frowning flower girl” summed up how “most of us feel about the whirlwind, nonstop royal wedding coverage that has filled the airwaves over the past few days, weeks and months.”

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Don’t Even Try to Pitch a Story on Friday

The Royal Wedding is upon us and every news outlet ever will be giving its undivided attention to the big event.

Our friends at TVNewser (who will be liveblogging the wedding starting at 4 a.m.) has a breakdown of the broadcast media that will be making their way offering live coverage. Romenesko has the memo with details about the AP’s coverage, which will be massive.

The celebrity news shows are coming out in full force; ET has committed more staffers than ever to the event and E! has a countdown clock ticking down to its coverage.

The Washington Post has the Royal Wedding Watch blog. Reuters has a section dedicated to the wedding. (They also report on a study that says it’s mentioned online every 10 seconds.) SELF is even liveblogging the event.

So if you were even thinking about trying to pitch a story, don’t. Just follow along with the wedding hoopla instead.