This year’s Nobel Peace Prize winner was officially notified through Twitter

October 11, 2013

It appears the Nobel Peace Prize committee couldn't get in touch with its latest laureate Friday morning -- and, out of sheer desperation, decided to hound the winner on Twitter. The committee sent this tweet to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons at 5:44 a.m. Eastern time, about 20 minutes after announcing that the weapons watchdog had won the Nobel Prize.

As of 6 a.m., the committee still hadn't reached the group:

The Nobel committee is starting to get used to having to track down its honorees. On Thursday, Canadian author Alice Munro won the Nobel Prize for Literature. The committee was reduced to leaving Munro a voicemail when she didn't answer its calls. But at least a voicemail is somewhat private. Notifications via public Twitter accounts can be seen by anyone -- a somewhat less dignified way to alert someone or some group that they've won the world's preeminent humanitarian award. Fortunately, it seems the OPCW did get the message, if not directly from the Noble committee.

For future reference: If you're up for a Nobel prize, you should probably stay by the phone on the days that they're being announced.

Caitlin Dewey runs The Intersect blog, writing about digital and Internet culture. Before joining the Post, she was an associate online editor at Kiplinger’s Personal Finance.
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