Google, Twitter and SayNow Spent the Weekend Hacking Together a Service to Allow Egyptians to be Heard


This is an amazing story and is the exact reason I have such a passion for social media and what I do.

With the protests in Egypt still ongoing and the government doing everything it can to silence its citizens by cutting off the internet in an attempt to keep people from using social networks to communicate with the outside world, a small team of engineers spent their weekend doing something to circumvent that issue.

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.

Google actually actually acquired SayNow just last week, it didn’t take them long to start putting it to some very good use. Kudos to everyone who worked on this project, let’s hope that this helps the Egyptian people get their word out to the rest of the world in these very trying times.

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4 thoughts on “Google, Twitter and SayNow Spent the Weekend Hacking Together a Service to Allow Egyptians to be Heard

    • I don’t think that will happen. It seems the Egyptian people are fighting for more freedoms and fairness. It seems unlikely they would be willing to trade one corrupt government for another.

      It will definitely be interesting to see how it plays out though.

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      • I hope that you are right, but they don’t know what it is like to have democracy. The Middle East is a different sort of place and they think differently than we do. It doesn’t mean that democracy can’t happen but it might take some more time and effort.

        What is said in the Arab press is different from what we hear in English. Frankly I am skeptical because there isn’t an example of a free Arab nation, at least not one that I can think of.

        But with a little luck I’ll be proven wrong here and believe me, I want to be wrong because if the Islamists take over it will be bad.

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