Eight lives changed by Twitter

Published On: Mar 21 2013 12:22:14 PM PDT   Updated On: Dec 26 2013 11:43:23 AM PST

An offensive tweet about AIDS in Africa created a firestorm over the weekend and ultimately cost public relations executive Justine Sacco her job. Check out eight lives changed by the popular microblogging site.

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Sohaib Athar. Athar was a 33-year-old IT consultant who ended up unknowingly becoming the first person report on the death of terrorist Osama bin Laden at the hands of a U.S. Navy SEAL team. Suddenly, news outlets from around the world were scrambling for interviews with him. His modest 750 Twitter followers ballooned to more than 105,000 (they've since settled back to about 64,000). He continues to tweet from Abbottabad and continues to tell his story.

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