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Watch The Amazing Way Information Spreads On Twitter

Word travels fast.

Twitter, the popular real-time social network, turns 10 on Monday. To celebrate, the company has unveiled an interactive feature showing how big stories -- everything from the raid on Osama bin Laden's compound to the breakup of the band One Direction -- spread on the platform.

You can play with the widget above to get a sense of how fast information spreads on Twitter. For example, it took Twitter users around nine hours to figure out that Sohaib Athar had unwittingly tweeted about the pursuit of bin Laden as it was happening. All told, it took around 14 hours for that story to spread around the world.

On the other hand, it only took about 15 seconds for One Direction star Harry Styles' tweet about his band's breakup to move from the United States to just about every corner of the planet. It looks like a little star power really does go a long way.

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