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The U.S. Government contacted Twitter about Iranian usage of the service during political protests

One of my interests, as stated on my profile page, is "the intersection of technology/new media with social and political activism."

Reuters India has an article titled, "U.S. State Department speaks to Twitter over Iran.

It is no surprise that Iranians are Tweeting. I think what was a surprise was the reported interaction between the State Department and Twitter. It seems as though, Twitter has decided to delay a scheduled maintenance/upgrade. The article reads in part, "Twitter Inc said in a blog post it delayed a planned upgrade because of its role as an "important communication tool in Iran." The hourlong maintenance was put back to 5 p.m. EDT/2100 GMT, which corresponds to 1:30 a.m. on Wednesday in Iran."

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Comment by Ken Berkun on June 21, 2009 at 6:15pm
There was a coup in Madagascar? The Lemurs are now in charge? :-)

Comment by Daniel Leuck on June 21, 2009 at 4:38pm
That is amazing. The fact many CNN and BBC articles about the election fallout reference Twitter as a source really highlights its importance as a communication tool during times of crisis.

During the first few days of the recent coup in Madagascar, Twitter was the sole source of information for most outsiders. The mainstream media was very late on the scene.


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