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Google Helps Syrians Call in Their Tweets by Phone

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Google and Twitter enable web communication for Syrians.

Yesterday, Syrians lost all access to the internet. Renesys on Thursday confirmed that all of Syria's 84 IP address blocks are unreachable. The company's trace-routes identified five networks that use Syrian-registered IP space and host Syrian content, but these traces lead Tata Communications and offshore destinations. "[These networks] perhaps [are] not subject to whatever killswitch was thrown today within Syria," Renesys wrote in a blog post.

Though the Syrian Minister of Information has apparently said the government has nothing to do with the internet blackout (he has been reported as saying terrorists "targeted the internet lines"), the web is down for everyone and the blackout is now into its second day. In an effort to open up the channels of communication for Syrians, Google is bringing back the tweet-by-phone service it introduced when Egypt's internet was switched off last year.

"A little less than two years ago, when Internet access was cut off in Egypt, we worked with Twitter to launch Speak2Tweet, giving the ability for anyone to tweet using just a voice connection," the company said via Google+ today.

"In the last day, internet access has been completely cut off in Syria. Unfortunately we are hearing reports that mobile phones and landlines aren’t working properly either. But those who might be lucky enough to have a voice connection can still use Speak2Tweet by simply leaving a voicemail on one of these international 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."

Google explained back in 2011 that the service is the result of a collaboration between engineers at Twitter as well as SayNow, a company Google acquired in January of 2011. Folks that want to listen to the messages can phone the same numbers or hit up twitter.com/speak2tweet to hear the voicemails being left via the service.

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    sacre , November 30, 2012 11:15 PM
    "Our governments gone to crap, we lost our internet....... I must tweet this.... but......can't......"

    Really?
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    aggroboy , December 1, 2012 2:22 AM
    We really really need to get off this hydrocarbon fuel addiction so we can start ignoring these fail mideast states and Shell commercials.
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    Marco925 , December 1, 2012 3:40 AM
    aggroboyWe really really need to get off this hydrocarbon fuel addiction so we can start ignoring these fail mideast states and Shell commercials.

    Except that most of your oil addiction comes from Canada :p 
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    f-14 , December 1, 2012 3:52 AM
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    though the Syrian Minister of Information has apparently said the government has nothing to do with the internet blackout (he has been reported as saying terrorists "targeted the internet lines"), the web is down for everyone and the blackout is now into its second day.


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    On April 7, 2003, Iraqi Information Minister Muhammed Saeed al-Sahaf 'Baghdad Bob' claimed that there were no American troops in Baghdad, and that the Americans were committing suicide by the hundreds at the city's gates. At that time, American tanks were patrolling the streets only a few hundred meters from the location where the press conference was held, and were clearly visible behind him.[6] His last public appearance as Information Minister was on April 8, 2003, when he said that the Americans "are going to surrender or be burned in their tanks. They will surrender, it is they who will surrender".


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yfAeMtcURg0
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    you don't know who former Iraqi Information Minister Muhammed Saeed al-Sahaf is, he was the face of the Iraqi regime during the beginning of the Iraq war. Saddam Hussein was nowhere to be found but al-Sahaf, dubbed "Baghdad Bob" by the American press, was on the television spinning fantastic lies about how the war was going for Iraq.

    It was of course going badly but you had to respect the man for doing his duty until the end.

    known for his daily press briefings in Baghdad during the 2003 Iraq War. His colorful appearances caused him to be nicknamed Baghdad Bob


    american special forces arrived at the scene of Baghdad Bob's last press conference missing him by 7 minutes
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    chewy1963 , December 1, 2012 8:48 AM
    This kind of reminds me of the South Park episode when the internet went out. People traveling to "Cal-i-forn-eye-aye" cause they gotta have some internet there. People with signs saying "will work for internet".

    Seriously though, what did these people do before the widespread advent of the internet? Damn, is it now a 'necessity' to have internet access?
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    alextheblue , December 1, 2012 8:47 PM
    Marco925Except that most of your oil addiction comes from Canada
    Not if our President has anything to do with it. "Pipeline? We don't need no stinkin' pipeline!"

    Anytime I see him talk it reminds me of Precious Roy on Sifl and Olly. "You guys are SUCKERRRRSS!"
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    Marco925 , December 2, 2012 1:17 AM
    alextheblueNot if our President has anything to do with it. "Pipeline? We don't need no stinkin' pipeline!"Anytime I see him talk it reminds me of Precious Roy on Sifl and Olly. "You guys are SUCKERRRRSS!"

    Yeah.... I still can't understand why obama remains popular in canada, all these protectionist measures and pandering are hurting the next door neighbour who...you know likes to buy from you.
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    alidan , December 2, 2012 3:08 AM
    wow... people here are kind of stupid...

    the internet for these countries isnt about cat picutres and seeing that lateset viral youtube video
    its about getting real news out so people know, and getting it out to the western world at large too.
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