The archive

While Speak2Tweet didn’t necessarily serve the practical functions that Facebook and Twitter fulfilled in mobilizing people, it nevertheless composed a unique archive of the collective psyche. The platform played a very special role that was particular to the time it was launched; recorded speech is what set it apart from any other social networking platform. An accumulation of emotionally moving recordings preserved the moments of the fragile emotional state of the Egyptian people. Egypt’s revolution is still an ongoing process. Only time will tell where the country and its future generations will end up. What we can say with certainty, however, is that social media, online platforms and digital documentation provided a plethora of information for future generations to draw from and construct multiple collective memories.

This project attempts to preserve the messages from the Speak2Tweet archive. Stay tuned for updates.

Image courtesy of Andrew Lih
Image courtesy of Andrew Lih



Wikipedia (more information about Speak2Tweet)
Twitter’s Speak2Tweet page
Alive in Egypt (volunteer effort of translated Speak2Tweet messages)
Google’s official announcement