In January 2011 Google acquired a small company called SayNow. Google, with the assistance of their newly acquired SayNow team worked night and day with Twitter so as to quickly develop a product called "Speak to Tweet." The service was developed to help people stay connected in times when they were unable to find a viable Internet connection. The inspiration for this application was born during the Egyptian revolution. As a reaction to protests in Cairo, the Egyptian government shut down the Internet throughout that country on January 26, 2011. Technically, Speak to Tweet (or speak2tweet) is a communications service that allows users to leave a "tweet" on Twitter by calling a designated international phone number and leaving a voice message. Recently, the US Patent Office published the patent that's behind the Speak to Tweet service.
Google's patent FIG. 3 below is a screenshot of a user interface which displays several posted messages, including messages that were posted by an automated message posting system using spoken content.
Google's patent FIG. 5 shown below illustrates example interactions between a user and an automated message posting system using spoken content.
For those wishing to dig into every detail about the Speak to Tweet patent could do so by checking it out here. The patent application was originally filed by Google in Q1 2012 by inventors Steve Crossan, who is Head of the Google Cultural Institute, and Singh Ujiwal who was the co-founder of SayNow and who now works at Google.
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