Tweet frees man from Egyptian Prison

Filed as News on April 28, 2008 10:10 am

Twitter may not have a business plan. But it is still really useful. Recently a graduate student from UC-Berkeley was arrested in Egypt along with his translator. Yet he managed to send tweets to his family and friends utilizing the social media service Twitter. Within hours his college had hired him a lawyer and helped free him after a protest.

Although the Twitter message helped him find contacts to get out of prison, James Buck, the Berkeley Grad Student says it was more the power of the network he had as an American that enabled him to be released so quickly.

Twitter, more than ever a social utility we can’t live without.

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