Social Media Reacts to Nelson Mandela's Death

More than 5.4 million tweets were shared, peeking at 80,000 tweets per minute.
3:00 | 12/06/13

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This is where something like twitter becomes a global candlelight vigil. And rightfully so. And what an outpouring of support. 5.4 million tweets shared about mandela. That's some 80,000 tweets per minute. This from michelle obama. We will forever draw strength and inspiration from nelson mandela's extraordinary example of moral courage, kindness and humili humility. And charlize theron. My thoughts and love go out to the mandela family. Rest in peace, madiba. You will be missed. But your impact on this world will live forever. Hear, hear. British prime minister, david cameron. A great light has gone out in the world. Nelson mandela was a hero of our time. I've asked for the flag at number 10 to be flown at half-mast. I'm sure a thought echoed around the globe. And this one, we spoke about the impact of nelson mandela on the world. But his impact left this world. And rightfully so, looking down from the heavens. Nasa tweeted, in honor of nelson mandela, who died today, here is an image of south africa from the international space station. It certainly looks, from there, from that vantage point, united. It was like a global hug last night on twitter. Social media can be used for

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