People in Egypt today are hoping to organize a million man March, and the government has cracked down on all communications channels. Their last internet server provider, the Noor Group, has gone offline and there are talks about shutting mobile networks as well.
In a move that truly displays that there is still a caring and beating heart inside of the company, Google has released a service especially for the Egyptians so that they will be able to communicate with each other and the world. The new service will allow people to call in on specific numbers and be able to tweet their phone calls through the speak2tweet Twitter account. Tweets will be posted under the #Egypt hashtag with links to the phone calls. People will also be able to listen to the latest tweets, on this account, using the same service. In an environment that is starved for information, this will truly contribute and help in not only aiding the spread news but also in organizing.
Google was able to release this service with the aid of their recent acquisition, Saynow.
What was interesting is that as soon as news of the service spread and calls starting coming in, crowd sourcing projects have sprung up all over the place around this service. People have created Google spread sheets, like this one, to transcribe and translate the phone calls. It is truly fascinating how the tools of the revolution have evolved from simple ham radios all the way to internet-less tweeting.
To use the service dial one of these three phone numbers: +1-650-4194196, +390662207294, or +97316199855.
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