Egyptian Protesters heard as Twitter and Google Team up

As Egypt has cut internet service, protesters are struggling to get their voice heard. Google, Twitter and SayNow have teamed up to allow protesters to post tweets via cell phone calls:

Callers in Egypt had three numbers to leave recorded messages, based in the United States (1-650-419-4196), in Italy (39-06) 6220-7294 and in Bahrain (973) 1619-9855.

Then the service will instantly send the recorded call as a Twitter message using the hashtag #egypt. They are subject to international calling charges, but Google and SayNow, which announced last month that it had been acquired by Google, are also exploring the possibility of setting up a local phone number in Egypt, someone close to the project said on Tuesday.

The tag #Egypt is going crazy right now. Within a few seconds there were almost a thousand new tweets.

Time will tell if the revolt will bring about democracy or a more radical government.

Very interesting idea though to bypass Egyptian government internet ban. I am just curious how long it will be until cell phone service is cut.

~ by D. Dieterle on February 1, 2011.

One Response to “Egyptian Protesters heard as Twitter and Google Team up”

  1. […] All eyes are on Egypt this week. Again as turmoil hits a nation, the internet goes dark. Cell phone usage though was for the most part untouched. So Google, Twitter and Say Now put their heads together and found a way to allow Egyptians to post tweets via cell phone. […]

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