Google, SayNow and Twitter have built a speak-to-tweet for people in Egypt. People can call a few numbers and leave messages, which will be blasted out as tweets.
Twitter have teamed up to create a speak-to-tweet service for citizens in
Egypt, where the Internet has gone dark.
speech is simple and requires no Internet connection. Users may tweet by
calling (+16504194196 or +390662207294 or +97316199855) and leaving a voice mail
will blast out the tweet using the hashtag #egypt. People can listen to
the messages by dialing the phone numbers or going to
was created by Google and its new SayNow startup, which the search engine acquired
last week to bring social applications
into its Google Voice phone-management platform.
has more than 15 million users, provides voice messaging, one-on-one
conversations and group calls to be integrated into applications for Facebook
and Twitter, as well as the Android and iPhone platforms.
DSL service, which provides Internet connections for the Egyptian Stock
Exchange and other big brands, is being shut down amid political and civil
unrest, according to TechCrunch
and Twitter are trying to help Egyptians maintain communication and connections
with each other, as well as the rest of the world in the face of the
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," explained Ujjwal Singh, SayNow
co-founder, and AbdelKarim Mardini, product manager for Google in the Middle
East and North Africa.
that this will go some way to helping people in Egypt stay connected at this
very difficult time. Our thoughts are with everyone there."
This is hardly
the first time Google has jumped to provide resources to assuage world
has used its Google Maps technology to provide information about earthquakes in
, as well as for the Gulf oil spill
in the United States.