This was an interesting read from The Houston Chronicle this morning. Those of you intimately involved with Twitter (cheap plug: follow me at http://www.twitter.com/texan4texas ), you know it must go down from time to time for maintenance. One such shut down was scheduled for Monday, but because of the protests in Iran, the Obama administration asked that the microblogging social network site to delay the maintenance—and it did.
The Chronicle story continues:
The request, made to Twitter’s co-founder, Jack Dorsey, is yet another new-media milestone: the recognition by the U.S. government that a blogging service that did not exist four years ago has the potential to change history in an ancient Islamic country.
“This was just a call to say: ‘It appears Twitter is playing an important role at a crucial time in Iran. Could you keep it going?’ ” said P.J. Crowley, the assistant secretary of state for public affairs.
Twitter complied with the request, saying in a blog post on Monday that it put off the upgrade until Tuesday evening — 1:30 a.m. Wednesday in Tehran — because its partners recognized “the role Twitter is currently playing as an important communication tool in Iran.” The network was working normally again later Tuesday evening.
Not on Twitter? It’s probably easier than you think. Click here and set up an account! There’s a useful video there that shows you how it works and what it’s for. You’ll be tweeting in minutes.