With 122,768 followers, @IDFSpokesperson, the Twitter handle of the Israel Defense Forces, is winning the real-time information war against the terrorists. Their voice, @AlqassamBrigade, “The official web site of Al Qassam Brigades in Palestine”, has managed just 14,539 followers, including many Western media representatives, who thereby combine professional obligations with undisguised sympathy.
The Hamas cat’s paw, in a typical appeal to its NGO supporters, tweets this kind of thing:
— Alqassam Brigades (@AlqassamBrigade) November 15, 2012
The IDF, on the other hand, typically turns down the emotional volume:
Before action, the IDF disperses warning leaflets calling all civilians to evacuate the area. This happened yesterday: idfblog.com/2012/11/15/idf…
— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) November 16, 2012
But it does, now and then, display some passion:
We recommend that no Hamas operatives, whether low level or senior leaders, show their faces above ground in the days ahead.
— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) November 14, 2012
In response, it gets:
— Alqassam Brigades (@AlqassamBrigade) November 14, 2012
For those who prefer wars in the past, as opposed to the present, @RealTimeWWII is “Livetweeting the 2nd World War, as it happens on this date & time in 1940, & for 5 years to come.” Latest from the front:
Martial law has been declared in Coventry, to help evacuate homeless citizens & speed rescues & clearing of wreckage. twitter.com/RealTimeWWII/s…
— WW2 Tweets from 1940 (@RealTimeWWII) November 15, 2012
Twitter, which seems such a simple format, is emerging as the most powerful storytelling device since the first newspaper was published. But no newspaper can match Twitter for immediacy and innovation.Tweet