The recent re-outbreak of hostilities between Israel and Hamas reminded me of this now historic thread on FlyerTalk.
Before Twitter, before social media helped bring about the Arab Spring, two FlyerTalkers – one in living in Israel and the other living in Lebanon – provided up-to-the-minute status updates from very near the front lines of the battle between Israel and Hezbollah in 2006.
But even more important than the on-the-ground information they provided were the feelings they shared. Their fears for themselves and their families. Their animosity towards the governments and groups behind the artillery. Their good humor in spite of it all.
And most of all, their expressions of goodwill and support to one another.
Neither Dovster nor BEYFlyer were soldiers. Neither were directly involved in the conflict – other than being located very near the action. Both were simply fellow travelers who happened to be caught in the middle, and who showed us all that while nations will continue to wage wars, people will continue to form close-knit bonds.
And that the ability to communicate online, in real time with others from around the world, might one day severely limit nations’ ability to wage wars at all.
Or at least so we can hope.
This is a very long thread, but it is riveting from the first post. If you want to read a synopsis (in addition to the thread) check out what NBCNEWS.com had to say about it. Or just type “BEYFlyer and Dovster” into Google to find any number of reports and online discussions about this thread. If you don’t have time to read the entire thread in one sitting I highly recommend bookmarking it for later.
Here’s hoping that, as great and revolutionary (in terms of social media influence) as this thread is, no one will be reminded of it again any time soon.
Read the thread in its entirety: FlyerTalk scoops the world with news report!