International news can seem unreal, disembodied, and that’s so often the problem with online communications. But here’s Twitter responding to the campaign to stop them doing maintenance tonight:
Down Time RescheduledA 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 worldwideâ€”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.
I don’t know if the company will be worth vastly more after all this, or if people will wonder if a platform that’s perfect for political change is really a good investment. But I am certain that there are many young people across the world who will never forget these days, or that it was Twitter they were turning to for news that really counted to them.