Yet again Twitter proves its utility …
Yesterday SilkCharm was stuck at Dubai airport en route to Saudi Arabia with her mobile phone’s global roaming not working. Using the free wireless at the airport (unlike in Australian airports) she was able to tweet her plight. After a few tweets back & forth she provided her phone details & I called the carrier on her behalf & they reset her global roaming. All working fine now.
This happy resolution was possible because of Twitter’s ability to (a) broadcast a message, (b) send direct messages with non public information. But it is important to note that it was all predicated on a non-third world telecommunications system. Lucky she was in Dubai & not Melbourne or Sydney.
By Carruthers via Aide-mémoire