Monday, April 28, 2008

Student Uses Twitter to Escape Egyptian Jail

CNN ran this story about James Buck the other day which really demonstrates some of the powers of Twitter. James Buck, a graduate student at the University of California-Berkeley, was in Egypt covering protests in Mahalla, Egypt.

He simply tweeted one word using his cell phone, "Arrested."

This got the message out to his followers of this news.

According to James Buck, "The most important thing on my mind was to let someone know where we were so that there would be some record of it ... so we couldn't [disappear]," Buck said. "As long as someone knew where we were, I felt like they couldn't do their worst [to us] because someone, at some point, would be checking in on them."

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"James Buck"

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