As the world watches, a million people pour into the streets of Cairo to demand and end to the near 30 year rule of Egyptian President, Hosni Mubarak.
Desperate to contain news of the protest-cum-revolution the government suspended mobile phone services and blocked the country’s internet service yesterday. In response to the block Google, Twitter and the very recent Google acquisition, SayNow – a social media site based on voice recognition technologies – joined together to create a platform that could be used by Egyptians to get their Tweets through the block. The service uses three phone phone lines connected to a voicemail message service that transcribes and translates the voice into text and tweets the message using the hashtag #Egypt.
The service gives Egyptians a way to bypass their government’s attempts to silence them and lets the voice of the people be heard. It’s a shame we didn’t have social media in Beijing in 1989 or Southern Sudan in the early 90’s.
Links to the voicemail messages can be found at @speak2tweet on Twitter or by clicking on the link below:
At the time of writing this there are more than 600 tweets and over 7,000 followers on the Speak2Tweet Twitter profile.