Google Helps Egypt With Speak2Tweet

Egypt needs as much help as they can get at a time like this. It’s great to know that America is actually partially fomenting these revolutions with our social networking technology. I’m proud to be American, and our greatest export appears to now be our software.

“The protests  in Egypt were inspired by those in Tunisia, but even more so than in Tunisia, the protests in Egypt were organized on the social web. Facebook and Twitter featured most prominently, as people were able to upload  ne of the first responses to the protests that Egyptian Dictator Hosni Mubarack took, was to cut the internet. Apparently it only took him 4 calls.

Like many people we’ve been glued to the news unfolding in Egypt and thinking of what we could do to help people on the ground. Over the weekend we came up with the idea of a speak-to-tweet service—the ability for anyone to tweet using just a voice connection.

We worked with a small team of engineers from Twitter, Google and SayNow, a company weacquired last week, to make this idea a reality. It’s already live and anyone can tweet by simply leaving a voicemail on one of these international phone numbers (+16504194196 or +390662207294 or +97316199855) and the service will instantly tweet the message using the hashtag #egypt. No Internet connection is required. People can listen to the messages by dialing the same phone numbers or going to

We hope that this will go some way to helping people in Egypt stay connected at this very difficult time. Our thoughts are with everyone there.”

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