This morning brought the announcement of the 2013 winner of the Nobel Peace Prize: the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.
Here is the announcement of that news—at least as it played out on Twitter:
OPCW is awarded the 2013 #NobelPeacePrize "for its extensive efforts to eliminate chemical weapons."— Nobelprize_org (@Nobelprize_org) October 11, 2013
OPCW, founded in 1997, 189 member states & headquarters in The Hague, Netherlands, General Director: Ahmet Üzümcü #NobelPeacePrize— Nobelprize_org (@Nobelprize_org) October 11, 2013
OPCW is the 22nd organization to receive the #NobelPeacePrize— Nobelprize_org (@Nobelprize_org) October 11, 2013
OPCW is an independent, autonomous, international organization w a working relationship with United Nations #NobelPeacePrize— Nobelprize_org (@Nobelprize_org) October 11, 2013
Recent events in Syria, ...have underlined the need to enhance efforts to do away with such weapons. #NobelPeacePrize— Nobelprize_org (@Nobelprize_org) October 11, 2013
By awarding the OPCW, the Norwegian Nobel Committee seeks to contribute to eliminating chemical weapons. #NobelPeacePrize— Nobelprize_org (@Nobelprize_org) October 11, 2013
After that, @Nobelprize_org began speaking (well, "speaking") directly to OPCW via the organization's (unverified, but seemingly legitimate) Twitter feed:
To which @OPCW, it seems, did not reply.
So @Nobelprize_org escalated the situation, in the subtle way that one can escalate a situation on Twitter. @OPCW, obviously aware of its win, tweeted this:
Press Conference this afternoon at the Bel Air Hotel, next to the OPCW Building at 13:30 CET/11:30 GMT— OPCW (@OPCW) October 11, 2013
Which @Nobelprize_org proceeded to retweet.
But—come on, @OPCW!—this little hey-we-know-you-know-about-the-Prize gesture was apparently unrequited. Because soon after its retweet, @Nobelprize_org posted this:
And then, after the press conference had concluded with no contact from the OPCW, this:
The live webcast is now over. We are still trying to reach @OPCW— Nobelprize_org (@Nobelprize_org) October 11, 2013
If any of the OPCW exchange sounds familiar, it's because the Nobel Committee seems to have had a rough couple of days when it comes to talking with its laureates. And Twitter has given the organization a convenient platform through which to share—and, really, to vent—its frustrations.
Here was the Nobel account, earlier this week, announcing its missed connection with Physics laureate Peter Higgs:
And, yesterday, the feed treated its more than 50,000 followers to the tale of its temporarily unrequited phone call with Literature laureate Alice Munro:
The feed then, dejectedly, followed up that announcement with this:
All's well that ends well, of course, and the OPCW saga will likely end in the same way Munro's did: With the @Nobel_org Twitter feed expressing its relief that it's finally gotten in touch with the object of its overtures.
Until then, though, the feed waits. And hopes. And sends delightfully passive-aggressive messages in the name of world peace.
Update: Connection made! All is well.
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