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Google, Twitter team up for Egyptians to send tweets via phone

By Cecilia Kang for the Washington Post

As Egypt moved Monday to shut down its sole operating Internet service provider, Google and Twitter teamed up to create a service for people to send tweets from the nation through a phone call.

Over the weekend, a small group of engineers from the companies got together to create the service that allows anyone with access to voice service — landline or mobile — to leave a messsage that automatically gets transmitted into a tweet, according to the Google blog. People cut off from Internet and mobile services in Egypt could call +16504194196 or +390662207294 or +97316199855. Tweets from the call would be sent with the hashtag: #egypt.

More at http://voices.washingtonpost.com/posttech/2011/01/google_twitter_team_up_for_ser.html

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MTSU Professor of Mass Communication
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