If you haven't seen the coverage of the Iran elections then you've either been under a rock or working too late to see the news.
Over night, something evry interesting happened. The US Government asked Twitter to move sechedulled maintenance so as to not interrupt real-time coverage of the election. Given that many journalists and media outlets have been banned from the nation, international news bureaus are now turning to social media tools to keep the rest of the world informed on the events.
This is a clear sign of the times. Full credit to the US Government for recognising the value of social media and its applications outside of 'social networking'.