Twitter for VP
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I was really excited to see that Barack Obama's campaign indicated that they would be announcing his choice for VP via email and text message.
Obama's campaign indicated that the digerati would be the first to find out Obama's Veep choice.
Finally, I thought, the presidential campaigns are taking their messages to the digital streets first.
Then I realized something was missing from the equation.
What about Twitter?
If you want a real sense of immediacy and inside baseball for one of your core constituencies, why wouldn't you also send it along to an already existing Twitter stream that you've already been updating followers with for months.
Perhaps they will, but when I went to the "Be the First to Know" section of the Obama campaign site to investigate, the only options for being the first to know are email and SMS.
If you really want folks to be the first to know and fast, make sure you get the announcement out to the Twitterstream, Obamaville.
Of course, the John McCain campaign's not going to take Obama's digital moves sitting down.
McCain's campaign Web site just announced "The Obama Fan Club," the benefits of membership for which includes "a leader who isn't ready to lead" and "a leader with dreamy eyes."
Tit for tat? Perhaps, perhaps not. But about par for the course for a modern U.S. presidential campaign
Back in the digital trenches of the Georgian/Russian conflict, apparently the cyberization of politics doesn't end at our water's edge.
The New York Times Bits blog is reporting that Georgia is taking a beating in its cyberwar with Russia, the cyberwar that accompanies the very real conflict going on on the ground in Georgia and South Ossetia.
Specifically, they report that Georgian government and news sites are under distributed denial of service attacks, ones which essentially make those Web sites unreachable.
Not surprisingly, cyberwarfare is also extremely cheap.
Quoting Bill Woodcock from the Packet Clearing House, Bits reports that cyberattacks cost about 4 cents a machine: "You could fund an entire cyberwarfare campaign for the cost of replacing a tank tread."
In response, Estonia (which has direct experience with cyberwarfare after its own DDOS episode last year with Russia) and Poland are sending in cyberwarfare advisers and offering assistance for the Georgians to help keep the information flowing and to get their side of the story out.
Computerworld reports that two of four experts from the Estonia Computer Emergency Response Team were waiting earlier today to drive into Georgia to bring humanitarian aid and offer the Georgians technical assistance.
Perhaps they'll have an opportunity to relate the story to Pravda, which is facing its own battle with where we began in this particular post, on Twitter.
Australia's News.co.au site is reporting that "the lines between East and West have dissected propaganda surrounding the Georgian conflict."
Russian newspaper Pravda is alleged to be revisiting its propagandistic past with pro-Russian accounts of its soldiers efforts on the ground in Georgia, while Twitterers are providing their own accounts much more grim in the accounting.
One reported Tweet: "Bombs, bombs, bombs, and more bombs 24/7."
Might the truth lay somewhere between the traditional and digital media?
Perhaps, perhaps not.
But Twitterstream or no, they're not "bombing" those Georgian Web servers for nothin'.
3:26 PM CST UPDATE: John Markoff with The New York Times is now reporting that Georgia's Internet infrastructure attacks started as early as July 20 "with coordinatedbarrages of millions of requests — known as distributed denial ofservice, or D.D.O.S., attacks — that overloaded certain Georgianservers."