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Google introduced a new service that is aimed at helping people in Egypt send messages on Twitter using their phones. The new service is called SayNow and was started on Jan 25. The service called Speak to Tweet was announced Monday on Google’s blog.
The new product is a result of the protests in Egypt which called for the ouster of the 30-year President Honsi Mubarak along with other reforms and also the resulting Internet blockade. Also Wael Ghonim who is Google’s head of marketing for the Middle East and North Africa was also reported to be missing in Egypt on Monday.
Co-founder of SayNow, Ujjwal Singh said, “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. Over the weekend we came up with the idea of a speak-to-tweet service—the ability for anyone to tweet using just a voice connection”.
To use the service you can leave a voicemail to one of these international phone numbers – +16504194196 or +390662207294 or +97316199855. Your voice mail will be instantly tweet with the hashtag #egypt. People can listen to the messages by dialing the same phone numbers or going to twitter.com/speak2tweet.