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Accidental Osama Tweeter Likes the Arlington Rap Guy

by ARLnow.com May 11, 2011 at 2:55 pm 4,364 6 Comments

The Pakistani computer programmer who accidentally live-Tweeted the U.S. raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound is apparently a fan of ‘Arlington Rap’ guy Remy Munasifi.

Sohaib Athar achieved worldwide fame for providing real-time Twitter updates during the raid — without knowing that it was a raid or that it was Osama bin Laden’s secret hide-out that was being raided. Munasifi, meanwhile, achieved region-wide fame for his music video ode to life in Arlington.

Despite the fact that Athar lives in Abbottabad, Pakistan and Munasifi lives in Clarendon, Remy’s comedy apparently crosses physical and cultural borders — his parody video “Hey There Khalilah” is one of Athar’s “favorites” on YouTube.

  • Arlington, Northside

    Of course he is, everyone in his ‘hood wears brown flip flops too. They SET the trend.

  • SoCo Resident

    DEF a slow news day.

  • G. Clifford Prout

    Maybe he’s just got a chubby for Remy.

    • Tabby

      What a very odd thing to write.

  • Curious Tweeter

    This may be a dumb question, but I’m really curious, having dabbled in Twitter — out of like a billion posts how does a tweet like: “Helicopter hovering above Abbottabad at 1AM (is a rare event)” get noticed?

    I just figured out the # hashtag is a searchable key word, but Twitter still seems like something that you “pull” based on your interests. The only “push is if you actively look for a person or a subject or a trend.

    I constantly hear about someone or other’s dumb tweet – usually a celebrity – so their stuff goes viral – I get it – but who was randomly following some programmer/coffeshop guy in an obscure Pakistani town? I know this is off topic, but it’s really been driving me crazy lately (as a newshound and IT user….)

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