1. JTA’s 100 Most Influential Jewish Twitterers

By Adam S. · May 1, 2009

Despite the recent media buzz, the jury is still out on Twitter’s potential to endure as an integral player in the social media landscape. While it’s rate of growth rivals that of Facebook, a Reuters article yesterday claimed that Twitter is marred by a higher attrition rate than other social networking sites. And for every happy new Twitterer, there are plenty of naysayers lying in the wings (pun intended).

Curious, JTA set out to determine which Jewish bloggers, institutions and other entities had successfully staked their claim in Twitter realty. While not the first to conduct a Jewish or Israel-related Twitter ranking, the selection criteria used for our “Top 100 Jewish Twitterers” are multi-faceted.

2. 50 Most Influential Jewish Individuals

  1. Ahuvah Berger (ahoova) · Israel
    A savvy 2.0’nik very in touch with her Jewish “link”-age.
  2. David Abitbol (jewlicious) · Israel
    Of Jewlicious fame, seems as if no microblogger has gone without @-ing his name.
  3. Buber Zionist (buberzionist) · Alexandria, VA
    For someone whose name isn’t readily available on his Twitter profile, his alias sure does pop up often.
  4. Yitz Jordan, a.k.a. Y-Love (ylove) · New York, NY
    Tally another accolade for this techie by day, rapper by night; he was named to The Jewish Week’s 36 under 36 this week.
  5. Chaviva E. (kvetchingeditor) · Storrs, CT
    The woman behind the curtain at kvetchingeditor.com; We hope to see more link-dumping from her Twitter account in the future.

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3. How Social Media War Was Waged in Gaza-Israel Conflict

Both sides deployed dangerous new media weapons during this latest round of fighting in Gaza. Armed with Facebook profiles, Twitter accounts, and Lavazza espresso, warriors fearlessly and tirelessly scoured the cyber battlefield searching for enemy (blog) outposts. Outfitted with high-tech ammunition like HD videocameras, firewire 800s, and white phosphorescent keyboards, they attacked one-sided videos, slanted essays, and enemy propaganda with propaganda of their own. Instead of grad rockets, they launched grad school wits. Instead of anti-tank missiles, they battled with anti-spamming technology. In 22 days of combat in Gaza, these were the young fighters tasked with winning the merciless war of public opinion for their side.

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4. Peace in Jerusalem’s Anglo scene

It’s Thursday night, and I’ve found myself at Sugar Hill, a shoebox bar somewhere off of Ben Yehuda Street, downtown Jerusalem’s main drag. The bar has three booths, is covered with a wall-to-wall collage of posters featuring reggae singers and hippie rock icons, and a friend who I haven’t spoken with in years is filling in as a guest bartender because the bar’s owner fell down a flight of stairs earlier in the afternoon.

I’ve been in Israel for only a few hours, but already I know that I am where I want to be — and it’s not because a friend bartending generally leads to free beers.

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