Saturday, May 24, 2008

Student 'Twitters' His Way out of Egyptian Jail

This is a story about a young guy named James Karl Buck who helped free himself from an Egyptian jail with a one-word blog post from his mobile phone:

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...

But Buck was able to send updates every couple of hours saying he was still detained, he had spoken to the prosecutor, he still had not been charged, and he was worried about Maree.

Read in full - 'Student 'Twitters' His Way out of Egyptian Jail'

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