Google and Twitter give voice tweets to Egypt

With no internet connection in the entire country, Google and Twitter have teamed up to allow the people of Egypt to talk to the world through a voice-to-tweet system. All people have to do is call one of three international phone numbers (+16504194196, +390662207294 or +97316199855) and speak their message.

Using technology created by SayNow, a company that Google’s just bought, the voice is converted to text and tweeted with the #Egypt hash tag. Original messages can also be listened to at twitter.com/speak2tweet.

While the service should be admired, it should be pointed out that the system only allows the Egyptians to post messages, not to read them or get other information from the internet. With the internet shut down, it could be tricky for Egyptians to even be made aware of service.

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