Recently acquired Google subsidiary SayNow has given Egyptians a voice in the telecommunications blackout, by offering a service that transcribes voicemails left by Egyptians, automatically tweeting them and hastagging them #egypt under the Speak2Tweet Twitter stream. Taking it a step further, Alive In Egypt is working to translate those voicemails into English, allowing the English-speaking world to get first-hand accounts of what is going on.
I’m a doctor from Demitta. I’m living the happiest moments in my life. I feel I’m alive! I drive my car in my city feeling very happy! I don’t meet police officers and I’m not stopped in police ambushes. I also want to say my opinion. That man (Mubarak) is trapped. He doesn’t know how to leave or stay. He’s scared that if he leaves, he will later be arrested and sentenced, like other corrupt politicians. He doesn’t know how to stay. He’s looking for an exit. He’s like a mouse trapped in a mouse trap.
Related: Day eight of The Daily What’s extensive coverage here.