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A message in a bottle!

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on September 15, 2010

Twitter is fast becoming the digital equivalent of a message in a bottle: Two years after James Karl Buck’s infamous “Arrested” tweet was sent from Egypt, Japanese journalist Kosuke Tsuneoka tricked his captors into letting him send a message to the Twitterverse to let people know he was alive and imprisoned.

Tsuneoka, 41, was captured by militants in April while reporting in northern Afghanistan. His Twitter account is rife with activity until March 31, after which it went silent. Then, on Friday, he tweeted, “I am still alive [sic], but in jail.”

The Israeli government has bought the Twitter account “@israel” from a porn site owner whose first name is Israel.

That’s according to The New York Times, which reports that the man, Israel Melendez, created the Twitter ID in 2007 but rarely used it because it was constantly flooded with anti-Semitic or anti-Israel postings.

“My account was basically unused because I was getting dozens of replies every day from people who thought the account belonged to the state of Israel,” Melendez told the paper.

The Israeli Foreign Ministry confirmed the purchase, but neither a ministry spokesman nor Melendez would say how much money changed hands.

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