As it turns out, you can't keep the Internet down after all.
The Egyptian government may have pulled the plug on the Internet but Google, working with a team of engineers from Twitter, as well as SayNow, a company that it acquired last week, has developed a "speak-to-tweet" service that allows anyone to tweet by leaving a voice message on one of three phone numbers.
No Internet connection required.
When a message is left, the service will instantly tweet the message using the #egypt hashtag.
Taking it a step further, the service allows people to dial in to those same numbers or go to twitter.com/speak2tweet to review the messages left on the service. In a post on Google's blog, the company wrote:
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... We hope that this will go some way to helping people in Egypt stay connected at this very difficult time. Our thoughts are with everyone there.
It's a powerful message that Google - as well as the people from Egypt who are already using the service - are sending to government's who try to stifle Web-based communications. They may be able to pull the plug, but the innovative spirit in Silicon Valley will find a workaround.
In today's age of advanced technology, there's always a workaround.
The International phone numbers to call to leave or listen to messages are: +16504194196 or +390662207294 or +97316199855.