Keeping Twitter up for Iran

Updated on June 28, 2009

In the wake of developments in what’s happening in Iran following elections there last week – continuing violent street protests and the Iranian government muzzling the foreign media – this announcement by Twitter yesterday about its delaying a critical maintenance task takes on greater significance than it otherwise would have done.

So Twitter has strategic importance as a primary means of communication for many people in Iran, as well as anyone with an opinion outside Iran, to connect the conversations.

Another milestone for Twitter’s mainstream appeal.

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Neville Hobson

Social Strategist, Communicator, Writer, and Podcaster with a curiosity for tech and how people use it. Believer in an Internet for everyone. Early adopter (and leaver) and experimenter with social media. Occasional test pilot of shiny new objects. Avid tea drinker.

  1. Kevin Campbell-Wright

    It’s true that this looks good for Twitter – but it could have been so different.

    Last night, when people first started noticing the downtime and complaining, Twitter did their usual spiel of not reply to anything via Twitter – but on their Twitter Blog they passed the buck to their provider, claiming the downtime was “beyond their control”.

    Surly, this would have been a great time for Twitter to welcome the attention and state that they were working with their provider to see if the downtime could be rescheduled – which they clearly were doing, behind the scenes.

    It’s another example of Twitter not using very good PR….

  2. Chris Norton

    Great post Neville – to be honest I thought about writing about the Iran situation myself and may still do so. What is interesting to me is that social media is actually having an effect on the Government’s control of the country for the first time ever. It doesn’t know whether to stick or twist. If it wanted too it could turn the internet off completely but there seems to be confusion over whether to do so or not. In the meantime, user generated content, such as videos, tweets and blogs are being shared openly and we (the western world) are getting an inside view into the ongoing situation. It is all very interesting indeed.

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