Skip to NavigationHome ›New Gaza War Reports Combine Tweets, Maps, SMSPosted by: Safdar On: Tue, 11/03/2009 - 12:15
19 Jan 2009 - 28 Dec 2011
Getting tweets from the war zone
is so 2008. The latest social media advance combines tools like
Twitter, text messaging, and online mapping to gather up first-hand
reports, straight from Gaza.
The effort, from Al Jazeera Labs,Gaza Debate Goes VirtualPosted by: Basheer On: Tue, 11/03/2009 - 12:16
just got started; the reporting is still spotty, and the technology is
very much in the testing phase. But the idea is for residents of
Israel, Gaza and the West Bank to send quick updates
about the conflict from their computers or mobile phones, through SMS
or Twitter. The results are then verified, and posted to a Microsoft
Virtual Earth map.
Ian Lamont writes "The war of words over the conflict in Gaza has moved from the real world to the Internet. Besides a furious stream of mini-debates on Twitter between supporters of and critics of Israel's military actions, there have also been demonstrations in Second Life at an Israel-themed sim and a collection of Facebook applications,
including 'QassamCount' and 'Stop Israel's war crimes in Gaza.' Another
project — 'mapping the war in Gaza' — was launched by Al Jazeera and
As the crisis continues in Gaza, Al Jazeera is doing its bit to put context around the conflict. We are able to bring the "Mapping the War on Gaza" service in collaboration with the folks at Ushahidi who have successfully used their platform to crowdsource information during recent crisis in Kenya and South Africa.