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Monday, May 05, 2008

Social Networking That Works

Read about how a grad student who was arrested during a protest in Egypt used social networking/text messaging firm Twitter to assure a quick release. Amazing story.

In a nutshell:

The micro-blogging service allows users to send text messages up to 140 characters long, and the message Buck sent had the desired outcome: his friends called the University, the American Embassy, as well as the Associated Press, the International Herald Tribune and other media.

The result: he was released the next day, although according to his affirmations, the Egyptian authorities told him just hours after his arrest, in the middle of the night, that he was a free man.

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