Last Updated Jun 16, 2009 9:15 PM EDT
Let's take a deep breath here. A still-tiny open-source software company in San Francisco with <50 employees and nary a business plan yet in site is deemed so critical, presumably, to U.S. national security interests that the State Department asks it to consider changing the timing of its maintenance schedule?
Hello? This is not your grandmama's State Department, folks.
Whatever you may think of the Obama Administration's actions since coming to power, and opinions on that scorecard are decidedly mixed across the political spectrum, you have to grant they are paying attention to the evolution of social medium and mobile communications devices.
That the President insisted on being able to keep using his Blackberry when he took office, despite the security concerns of the Secret Service sent the message loud and clear throughout the Beltway Bureaucracy: The Times They Are A-Changin'.
(Sorry, gotta plug my favorite poet whenever possible.)
Quite seriously, if you have an hour to kill, please just try this: Go to Twitter, and check out the top "Trending Topics" in the right-hand column. For some time now, the top item has been #Iranelection. You may want to refresh the page every few moments, because the flow of information, both from within Iran and now from around the watching world, is truly mind-boggling.
Here is a current sampling:
- RT news from Iran our march was big success!! militia are now frightened of us - they know world is watching - #Iranelection #gr88
- RT IRAN: conflicting reports from Rasht of many dead and all night street fighting - #Iranelection
- @persiankiwi: Sheereen Ebadi - Nobel laureat - says iran election is void - #Iranelection
- How Iranian-Americans are feeling: http://www.cnn.com/2009/US/06/16/iranian.americans/index.html #iranelection #gr88
- Even if you are not in Tehran you can still help. We need proxy servers! #iranelection
- @nashanon The statue in front of the Parthenon, Centennial Park, 4:30 PM, Friday. http://bit.ly/NNGhe #iranprotest #iranelection