Just last week, HubSpot, a Boston-based Internet marketing firm, released a report  which stated that micro-blogging platform Twitter  gains 5,000 to 10,000 new users every day. Given the recent use of Twitter in discussing major events such as the recent attacks in Mumbai  and Gaza , it is unsurprising to see such growth.
Governments have also been using Twitter for quite some time. The U.S. government operates a number of Twitter accounts  (including @USAGov , @TheWhiteHouse , and @NASA ), with other countries’ governments sure to follow. This afternoon, in the midst of the Israel-Gaza conflict, the Israeli Consulate of New York set up a Twitter account. Its first tweet read :
Shortly afterward, the consulate announced its intent to hold a citizens “press” conference on Tuesday, December 30, from 1-3 pm EST:
The conference presents a unique, never-before-seen opportunity for a government to create an open platform for global discussion during a time of crisis. Twitter users are able to send questions during the conference, and follow the discussion by using the #AskIsrael  hashtag. The face behind the consulate's Twitter account is David Saranga , Consul for Media and Public Affairs for Israel in the United States.
Twitter users have already begun to ask questions. gyokusai , based in Germany, asks:
travmavg queries :
Details about the press conference can be found on the consulate's blog .