Twitter reschedules maintenance to help Iran get news out

Twitter has rescheduled planned maintenance from Iran daylight hours to Wed 1:30am Iran time specifically because Twitter is so important in getting Iran news to the outside world. Andrew Sullivan played a major role in mobilizing people to ask Twitter to reschedule. And they quickly did. Everyone, take a bow. This is the real time web / blogosphere at its best – socially responsible and making a difference.

A critical network upgrade must be performed to ensure continued operation of Twitter. In coordination with Twitter, our network host had planned this upgrade for tonight. However, our network partners at NTT America recognize the role Twitter is currently playing as an important communication tool in Iran. Tonight’s planned maintenance has been rescheduled to tomorrow between 2-3p PST (1:30a in Iran).

Our partners are taking a huge risk not just for Twitter but also the other services they support worldwide—we commend them for being flexible in what is essentially an inflexible situation. We chose NTT America Enterprise Hosting Services early last year specifically because of their impeccable history of reliability and global perspective. Today’s decision and actions continue to prove why NTT America is such a powerful partner for Twitter.

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