'Please Contact Us': It's Been a Tough Week for the Nobel Prize Twitter Feed

Tales of temporary rejection from an organization not used to being ignored
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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:

And then:

And then:

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:

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:

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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Megan Garber is a staff writer at The Atlantic. She was formerly an assistant editor at the Nieman Journalism Lab, where she wrote about innovations in the media.

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