As news and speculation about the election fallout (and deadly protests) in Iran is spreading across the ether, there is another story well worth noting.
According to the LA Times, Twitter co-founder Biz Stone said in a blog post yesterday that the Twitter website’s scheduled maintenance would be delayed from overnight Pacific time (daytime in Iran) to afternoon Pacific time (in the middle of the night in Iran).
Twitter’s service is based on communication networks run by NTT America, and Stone noted in his post that NTT America “recognise the role Twitter is currently playing as an important communication tool in Iran” and that they were taking a “huge risk not just for Twitter but also the other services they provide worldwide”.
As mentioned previously on The Lobby (see The Great Firewall of China blocks the blogosphere) social media platforms, Twitter in particular, is defying censorship all over the world while investors and analysts are debating how the 140-character text service is going to generate money.
The very latest on Twitter (at the time of writing) is that Iran’s top legislative body, the Guardian Council, is ready to re-count specific presidential election ballot boxes. The re-count may apparently lead to a change in President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s tally.
Memories of 1979 are already coming to mind…
(UPDATE 17/06/09: The New York Times reports that the delayed maintenance stemmed from a US State Department request, addressed to Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey)