Google, Twitter activate voice tweets for Syrians

Nov 30, 2012
A Syrian man holds his robe while walking in the partially destroyed Salaheddin neighbourhood of Aleppo on September 3. Google and Twitter announced Friday they have reactivated a voice-tweet program to allow Syrians affected by the shutdown of the Internet to get messages out.

Google and Twitter announced Friday they have reactivated a voice-tweet program to allow Syrians affected by the shutdown of the Internet to get messages out.

The service allows people with a telephone connection to compose and send a tweet by speaking on their phones.

and said they were reactivating the system which was used in 2011 when the Internet was shut down in Egypt by authorities for several days.

Google's David Torres acknowledged that many Syrians may not be able to use the service because telecom networks in the war-ravaged country are also functioning poorly.

"But those who might be lucky enough to have a voice connection can still use Speak2Tweet by simply leaving a ," he said.

Those able to dial out can leave messages on several phone numbers: +90 212 339 1447 or +30 21 1 198 2716 or +39 06 62207294 or +1 650 419 4196, "and the service will tweet the message," Torres said.

"No is required, and people can listen to the messages by dialing the same phone numbers or going to twitter.com/speak2tweet."

AFP correspondents noted that Internet and telephone communications, including mobile phones, were cut in the capital.

On Thursday, accused the regime of preparing a "massacre" when the telephone lines and Internet first went down, while the authorities explained the cut was due to "maintenance" work.

Washington branded it as a desperate move on part of the regime.

Explore further: Shazam breaks 100 million monthly user mark

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Sprint mobile calls get Google Voice

Mar 22, 2011

Google on Tuesday announced an alliance with Sprint to add the Internet giant's online telephone capabilities to mobile phones serviced by the US telecom firm.

How Google removed the muzzle on Twitter in Egypt

Feb 06, 2011

(AP) -- Even before his first day on the job at Google, Ujjwal Singh was trying to figure out how to use his passion for the spoken word and the company's technological prowess to help Egyptians bypass government ...

Recommended for you

Facebook awards 'Internet Defense Prize'

8 hours ago

Facebook awarded a $50,000 Internet Defense Prize to a pair of German researchers with a seemingly viable approach to detecting vulnerabilities in Web applications.

Twitter tries to block images of Foley killing

Aug 20, 2014

Twitter and some other social media outlets are trying to block the spread of gruesome images of the beheading of journalist James Foley by Islamic State militants, while a movement to deny his killers publicity ...

User comments : 0