Thank you all who logged on yesterday to post your questions, comments, and concerns. We answered a ton of questions in just over an hour, and we will be putting ALL of our answers up on this blog later this day. In addition, there were a lot of very good questions we simply didn’t have the time to answer, so we’ll be going through and posting answers to the rest as soon as possible.
Once again, thank you for making yesterday’s twitter press conference a success, and stay tuned later this afternoon for a mammoth update!
On August 28th, Gilad Shalit will celebrate his 23rd birthday. However, it looks as if he will not celebrate his birthday with his family and friends; instead, this will be the 4th year that he “celebrates” his birthday while in terrorist captivity.
Israel is working hard to ensure his safe return home.
To raise awareness of Gilad Shalit’s story and to get support for his immediate release, various organizations have created “Tweet4Shalit” an event that will take place on Wednesday, August 26th.
“Tweet4Shalit” is a 24-hour Twitter event in which thousands of people on Twitter will tweet the hashtag #GiladShalit in the hopes of making Gilad a top 10 Twitter “Trending Topic.”
For more information at “Tweet4Shalit,” click here.
Don’t forget to take part in this important event from Wednesday, August 26th at midnight until Thursday, August 27th!
According to a recent blog post on Transracial, with reports from Haaretz, the Israeli Foreign Ministry announced its plans to embrace social media, such as Twitter and Facebook. The government will focus less on Palestinian issues, and more on the Iranian threat.
Lately, we have read some erroneous reports regarding the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ efforts in getting our message across Web 2.0. First and foremost, we are proud of our efforts in getting our message across the web-o-sphere. We were one of the first governments in the world to have an official blog (we now that two!), have a Facebook and MySpace page, and a Twitter account and we were the first government to ever hold a Twitter Citizen Press Conference! Our venture into the web-o-sphere has been so successful that the Ministry has decided to invest more effort in this direction worldwide and to allocate a budget for building and designing more Web 2.0 sites.
At the same time, every year Israel receives thousands of calls, letters, and emails asking us how they can help Israel. Therefore, due to the success that Israel has had in reaching the masses through Web 2.0, we have decided to encourage those that want to help Israel’s PR effort to respond to articles/letters/postings in talkbacks and write blog posts regarding Israel. These two initiatives are not the same thing and anyone combining these two decisions are incorrect in doing so.
On June 17th, David Saranga (@DavidSaranga), Consul for Media and Public Affairs at the Consulate General of Israel in New York (@IsraelConsulate), addressed the 140 Character Conference (#140conf) about the use of twitter in Public Diplomacy.
Twitter “allows us to reach people and segments of society that usually we don’t reach,” @DavidSaranga explained at the conference. “There is a lot of room to include dialogue between people.”
To read more about Saranga’s speech at the #140conf, click here.