Twitter gets man out of jail



“James Karl Buck sent a message using Twitter which helped get him out of an Egyptian jail.

Buck, a graduate student from the University of California-Berkeley, was in Mahalla, Egypt, covering an anti-government protest when he and his translator, Mohammed Maree, were arrested April 10.

On his way to the police station, Buck took out his cell phone and sent a message to his friends and contacts using the micro-blogging site Twitter.

The message only had one word. ‘Arrested.’

Within seconds, colleagues in the United States and his blogger-friends in Egypt — the same ones who had taught him the tool only a week earlier — were alerted that he was being held.”

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This reminds me that I need to set up an SMS address for sending to Twitter and some useful short, but standard messages for sending. Like “arrested”. Or “send help”. Or “Uh oh… not good.”

That sort of thing.

Oh yeah… and something like “Send money”. (Cause that’s always helpful.)

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