Google and Twitter hook up to allow Egyptians to TweetJanuary 31, 2011: 5:50 PM ET
Over the weekend, the new Googlers at SayNow teamed up up with Twitter to build a Voice-to-tweet solution which could help
Google purchased SayNow last week. Instead of celebrating this weekend, the new Googlers (GOOG), with the help of their new colleagues and some folks at Twitter, put together an application that can convert a phone message into a tweet.
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 twitter.com/speak2tweet.
It isn't clear how helpful this will be, many reports out of Egypt have phone lines being cut as well, but these new Google employees certainly are making a good first impression.
One of many new Google Ideas?