Google provides workaround for Egypt to keep on tweeting

google-logoIn a message on the official Google blog, the company has released a way for the Egyptian people to continue to send out tweets to the world regarding the developments in their country. The message reads:

“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 we acquired 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 twitter.com/speak2tweet.

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.”

We could not agree more.

The twitter account Speak2tweet currently has received more than 300 tweets from inside of Egypt, mostly with Arab communication. The account has already more than 5000 followers.

SayNow, the company aqcuired by Google, is capturing the voice communication and is sending out a tweet with a link to the audio message. Nice.

The problem is that due to the fact we do not speak the language, we have not got any clue on what they are saying … :)

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Danny Bisaerts has grown over the past decades from a development background into the world of Information Security and Physical Security. He has spent a lot of time in the world of finance, government, consulting, manufacturing, telecommunications and utilities ...

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