Yesterday, Google announced that the company has released a new special service that connects voice mailboxes with Twitter. According to the Google Public Policy Blog, the new service will enable users in Egypt to call a phone number and then the spoken message will be converted to text a message that will be posted on Twitter.

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. Over the weekend we came up with the idea of a speak-to-tweet service—the ability for anyone to tweet using just a voice connection.

We worked with a small team of engineers from Twitter, Google and SayNow, a company we acquired last week, to make this idea a reality. It’s already live and anyone can tweet by simply leaving a voicemail on one of these international phone numbers (+16504194196 or +390662207294 or +97316199855) and the service will instantly tweet the message using the hashtag #egypt. No Internet connection is required. People can listen to the messages by dialing the same phone numbers or going to

Last Friday, Egyptian authorities began blocking Internet access in the country. Since yesterday it has been declared that all of the country’s Internet providers have been blocked and internet access in the country is quite limited.

(via IDG News)