Last week saw a Twitter press conference conducted by the Consulate General of Israel in New York (some of the information from which was used for our new Debategraph) on the ongoing conflict in the Gaza strip.

While some may view it as a forward-looking way to communicate with the rapidly-growing group of people who get their news from the internet, it's hard not to feel uncomfortable with the atrocities being committed in the Middle East being expressed via the abbreviated text speak more commonly and appropriately associated with letting your friends know you'll be in the pub in a minute or, for the especially emotionally illiterate, dumping your girlfriend.