Google's new workaround for Egyptian protesters without internet; one problem, they inform them by internet 

The internet was buzzing last night with news that Google had developed a workaround to the current lack of internet in Egypt. From the Google blog:

 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.

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

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.

 You’ll notice that this announcement was made on the web, making it hard for people without the internet to know that about the program (which, you know, is kind of the intended audience). While this might be useful for future protests, when people are actually aware of this, I’m not sure how much impact this is going to have in Egypt.

At the time of this post Google has yet to respond if they had made any non-internet attempts at spreading the message.

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