Twitter reacts to Mandela’s death

UPDATED: Many paid tribute to South Africa's "greatest son." Almost everyone was gracious

Topics: South Africa, Twitter, Nelson Mandela, Apartheid, Conservatism,

Twitter reacts to Mandela's deathPresident of the African National Congress Nelson Mandela acknowledges cheers from the crowd as he prepares to unveil the ANC's official election platform in this Jan. 29, 1994 photo in Soweto. (AP/David Brauchli)

Immediately after the great freedom fighter and politician died, the microblogging site exploded with memories and tributes:

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Alex Halperin is news editor at Salon. You can follow him on Twitter @alexhalperin.

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