Verio taking twitter down during Iran Election Riots?

Alex Thurlow alex at
Wed Jun 17 00:28:28 UTC 2009

An update here.  Reuters is reporting that the US State Department is 
behind this maintenance being pushed back.

I find it very interesting that the US government is seeing the use 
Twitter is getting from a political perspective.

Alex Thurlow
Blastro Networks

On 6/16/2009 10:03 AM, Chris Woodfield wrote:
> What's interesting is that the !NANOG part of the universe presumes 
> the maintenance was to be performed by Twitter, not by their carrier 
> (i.e. server, not network, upgrades). Given the fact that the 
> WhaleFail has become a commonly-recognizable sight, I can see this 
> make people a bit, um, nervous. The real impact of the maintenance 
> would have most likely been minimal short of a Murphy strike.
> That said, kudos to NTT for backing off in the face of some pretty 
> momentous current events, and hope the delay doesn't cause too many 
> ripple-effect problems for them.
> -C
> On Jun 16, 2009, at 10:48 AM, Jack Bates wrote:
>> Erik Fichtner wrote:
>>> And yet, all upgrades can be postponed with the right... motivation.
>> Hmmm, you do know that motivation may have strictly been, "Your 
>> maintenance corresponds with a major event, can you put it off for a 
>> day?"
>> The maintenance in question has obviously been marked critical by 
>> NTTA with what appears to be short notification and limiting the 
>> delay to a minimum. They may have been unaware of the event and its 
>> importance to their customers.
>> I'm more curious about what maintenance they are actually performing. 
>> I know they run mixed Cisco/Juniper, and all their Junipers should be 
>> able to handle in service upgrades. Of course, even switching hits of 
>> an upgrade warrants setting a maintenance window and notification due 
>> to Murphy.
>> Jack

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