IDF's use of Twitter in Operation Pillar of Defense named one of top 12 tech stories of 2012
The IDF's use of Twitter in Operation Pillar of Defense has been named one of the top 12 tech stories of 2012
Violence and war have
long been documented on Twitter and other social networks -- typically
by journalists and by regular people on the ground (notably the
Pakistani witness to the 2011 raid that killed Osama bin Laden).
But in November, the
Israeli military took this concept to a new level. During its conflict
with Palestinian forces in Gaza, the Israel Defense Force tweeted
updates, including the news it had "eliminated" Hamas leader Ahmed
Jabari. The military arm of Hamas responded on Twitter with its own
The back-and-forth between the warring sides signaled a jarring evolution in how war is broadcast in real time.
The IDF Spokesperson's current Twitter page is screencapped below, but if you look at the earlier version above, you will see at least one familiar blog among their first 10 follows.
Labels: IDF, Operation Pillar of Defense, Twitter