Google launches twitter workaround for Egypt

Google launches twitter workaround for EgyptGoogle Inc launched a special service to allow people in Egypt to send Twitter messages by dialing a phone number and leaving a voicemail, as Internet access continues to be cut off in the country amid anti-government protests.

“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,” read a post on Google`s official corporate blog on Monday.

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The service, which Google said was developed with engineers from Twitter, allows people to dial a telephone number and leave a voicemail. The voicemail is automatically translated into a message that is sent on Twitter using the identifying tag #egypt, Google said.

Google said in the blog post, titled “Some weekend work

that will (hopefully) enable more Egyptians to be heard,” that no Internet connection is required to use the service. Google listed three phone numbers for people to call to use the service.

Internet social networking services like Twitter and Facebook have been important tools of communications for protesters in Egypt. ( antaranews.com )

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