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.