Twitter off-line, how will the world cope?

This was supposed to be a humorous blog post about the fact that Twitter is currently offline and I was wondering how it will be possible for all those iPhone and Blackberry users to tell their followers what they are doing in 140 characters or less.

It was then that I was reminded that Twitter is currently being used in Iran to document the ongoing situation following their Presidential Election.

With heavy reporting restrictions in place and because of the rules banning unauthorised gatherings, Twitter is playing an important role in Iran, encouraging open discussion and enabling the process of arranging political meetings.

All of this, is of course, banned in Iran.

So next time you read a Tweet about something trivial, remember that hundreds or maybe thousands of miles away, Twitter could be saving a life or bringing about political change.

Who would have thought that a free social networking website could change the world?