SayNow – The Social Media Revolution

Just last month, Tunisia’s street became a battle for young and mostly educated protesters against Ben Ali, some believed that social media was the hub for the ‘Jasmine Revolutioners,’ to communicate, some said the protest was bound to happen in time. In Egypt, the social unrest continues as the protestors revolt against Hosni Mubarak to resign after 30 years of reign. The government conveniently blocked the internet, the gateway to all source of social media and online communication but as the old saying goes – when one door closes, another opens and this door is the creation of Google and Twitter.

SayNow, the brainchild of Google and Twitter was released yesterday for the people of Egypt, medias, protestors, and even visitors to tweet via voice over. Speak to Tweet gives people the freedom to send their voice messages to Twitter, these messages will also be with hashtags such as #egypt, no internet connection required to use the service. Numbers to call are +16504194196 or +390662207294 or +97316199855.

Dave Pell of Tweetage Wasteland explains that the internet isn’t essential for revolution – but it sure helps, P.J. Crowley, U.S. State Department spokesman added that internet access is human right just like walking into a town square. Social media – a revolution or just a tool to speed up the process?

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