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@IDFSpokesperson is winning

Friday, 16 November, 2012

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:

The IDF, on the other hand, typically turns down the emotional volume:

But it does, now and then, display some passion:

In response, it gets:

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:

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.

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