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Twitter and Google Team Up in Egypt

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From the BBC: accessed on Feb 1 / 2011
Egypt protesters use voice tweets
The BBC reported that Google and Twitter have launched a service which circumvents the ban on net services in Egypt. The system allows people caught up in the unrest to post messages without any need to use an internet connection. The service allows people to dial an international telephone number and leave a voicemail message. The message is then sent out as a tweet with the hashtag #egypt.

People can listen to messages by dialling the same phone numbers (+16504194196 , +390662207294, +97316199855).

Google said its engineers worked with Twitter and its newly acquired voice technology company SayNow over the weekend to set the service up.

“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,” said SayNow co-founder Ujjwal Singh on the official Google blog.

 

Here is the press release on Google and SayNow copied from the SayNow website

Google acquires SayNow

Tuesday January 25, 2011

We are thrilled to announce that we have been acquired by Google.

Since 2005, we’ve explored fun and entertaining ways for people to talk with each other. Through the web, smartphones, and even land lines, our products brought communities together through the power of voice. And as Google has some of the best voice products in the world, we believe combining forces with the Google Voice team will let us innovate in new and unexplored areas.

We have no specific product plans to announce at this time, but we’ll have more to say about our roadmap as we integrate with Google, so stay tuned. We couldn’t be more excited about what is yet to come.

Nikhyl & Ujjwal, co-founders