Israel buys @israel Twitter handle from porn merchant
The State of Israel has finally gotten the @israel Twitter account from its original owner, and at the bargain price of $3,000. This wasn't a case of domain squatting, though: the previous owner is Israel Melendez, the owner of a porn site. Melendez says that he tired of the account fairly quickly, as most of the replies were from people with opinions on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
"My account was basically unused because I was getting dozens of replies every day from people who thought the account belonged to the state of Israel," Melendez told the New York Times.