Crisis in Egypt has been going on for more than a week now. The wireless communication to Egypt has been affected ever since the revolutionary uproar has taken place in Egypt. Reports state that Government has cutoff internet access across Egypt and hence alienated Egypt from social media like Facebook, Twitter, etc. Only one company, Noor Group, is still active with a dial up connection.
Egypt’s reach to social media is only ~30% of the population, but still it has become a useful tool in propagating political revolution through blogs, tweets and Facebook messages. Google has come up with a solution to Egypt Government’s social media atrocities with a service called speak-to-tweet. Google collaborated with Twitter to launch this service.
Speak-to-tweet is an innovative service that allows people to dial up an international phone number and leave a voice message. The message is send out as a tweet with the hashtag #egypt.
People can listen to messages by dialing the same phone numbers (+16504194196 , +390662207294, +97316199855) or going to a special Twitter page.
Google has informed that its engineers worked with Twitter. Google’s new acquisition, SayNow, a voice technology company worked over the weekend to set up the service.
SayNow co-founder Ujjwal Singh stated on 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.”
How does this technology relate to health?
Social media has become a popular tool and people use it for various issues including health. With internet access being affected, Egyptians can reach out issues related to health or health emergencies via Speak-to-tweet.
To me, it’s just amazing how fast Google and Twitter has responded to the crisis in Egypt. This shows the power of social media and role social media will play in future in such emergencies. Health services are catching up with explosive development of social media, I am sure Speak-to-tweet will come handy in near future in medical emergencies, where internet access is affected.