We keep hearing how it was the Social Networks that had much to do with the present unrest in the Middle East, with the Egyptian government cutting off the Internet. Now we learn, Obama’s best friends from Google have come up with a work around. Robert Gibbs has said that Egypt must restore Social Networks. Switched
One creative solution is from engineers at Google, Twitter and SayNow, a company that Google recently acquired, who have created a way for people from Egypt to Tweet via landline.
According to the Google blog, “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.” Huffington Post
Do you really think that Google did this on their own? That this was not discussed with the White House and Obama?
“What we shared is a belief in changing the world from the bottom up, not from the top down,” Obama told Google employees during a 2007 visit to its headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. Money CNN
Earlier we posted how the State Dept was holding meetings with Egyptian dissidents. Digging more into the meeting of the Alliance of Youth Movements with these dissidents, what a surprise. The Executives from Google and Facebook were in attendance. Attendee List
Here is what happened at theAlliance of Youth Movements meeting.
These discussions contributed to the construction of Creating Grassroots Movements for Change: A Field Manual and the launch of a new organization, The Alliance of Youth Movements that will work to help other organizations use online technology to advance their causes.
The Summit also launched the Youth Movements Hub where emerging youth organizations can access and share “how-to” guides and tips on how to use social-networking and other technologies to promote freedom and justice and counter violence, extremism and oppression. Including instructional videos and text guides, links to related online resources and discussion forums for sharing experiences, ideas and advice, the hub will remain the central resource for The Alliance of Youth Movements.
More on Obamas’s good friends:
In Google (GOOG, Fortune 500), the $22-billion-a-year online-advertising Goliath, Obama appears to have found a corporate kindred spirit. Google executives, led by CEO Eric Schmidt and co-founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page, are scary smart and supremely self-confident (much like the President himself), and despite their company’s growing power, they depict themselves as advocates for consumers.
The President relies on Google execs for tech and economic advice as his own regulators scrutinize the online-ad behemoth Money CNN
Because the company and administration are so like-minded, it should come as no surprise that Google executives soon found themselves assuming roles in the Obama administration.
Indeed, two of Obama’s economic tenets — support for more U.S.-educated engineers and the expansion of Internet services to poor and rural areas — grew out of a visit to Google headquarters in 2004, an encounter Obama recalls in his book “The Audacity of Hope.”
Google managers and employees were some of the strongest supporters of candidate Obama, donating around $803,000 to his presidential campaign, according to the website OpenSecrets.org. Among corporate employees, only staffers at Goldman Sachs (GS, Fortune 500) and Microsoft (MSFT,Fortune 500) gave more.
CEO Schmidt actively stumped for the candidate and served as an informal economic adviser during the campaign, and after Obama was elected, Schmidt and other Google executives forked over $25,000 apiece to help pay for the inaugural celebration.