An important network upgrade will have to wait. Apparently democracy and dissent are more important.
As protesting Iranians try to get the word out on what's happening inside Iran, the uber-popular online micro-blogging site Twitter has delayed scheduled site maintenance so its 140-character messages can continue.
In response to massive protests over recent election results, Iranian leaders have been enforcing a news blackout across the country. The campaign has been somewhat successful in terms of blocking traditional media, but the Powers That Be may have forgotten about the reach and speed of Twitter.
Twitter's official announcement:
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 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.