The website has a timezone localization issue and a rendering issue. While it calculates the days remaining, it doesn’t show them (it’s 1 day, then the contents on your screen), minus the timezone offset. The announcement date/time is correct compared to the website.
Funny, they used that same Twitter avenue to announce the @Home skills deadline extension request crud less than an hour after the 4/8 3:00 PM official submission deadline passed. As a team leader, I can confirm I did not receive an email blast with that information. Seems like it would be important information for all participating teams to be aware of via the most official channel possible (even as a team who had already submitted by the oft-stated Pre-Tweet deadline, I’d have appreciated the transparency)…unless a critical mass of extension supplicants had already made it loud, and the intent was to limit further widespread awareness of the opportunity, the window of which only extended into the following day.
I digress…I can’t imagine that would be HQ’s goal here. You would think this is something they’d want to happily advertise to all teams through the most reliable and familiar channels.
EDIT - Annnnnd I see they sent out an email at 7 PM mentioning the countdown, having checked just now.
So not too sure who gets this “FIRST News & Stories” Newsletter but they just emailed their latest copy and its the first thing on the list. My guess is that the tweet went out eariler than it was suppose to go out. A copy of that newsletter is linked below.