Twitter gets student out of prison in Egypt

Who said that Twitter was just another way to feel out the ever increasing numbness of modern life? Thanks to the micro-blogging site and a mobile phone Berkeley journalism student James Karl Buck was able to tweet his 48 followers that he'd been arrested without charges in Egypt for taking photos of a demonstration.

In turn Buck's 'followers' contacted Berkeley, the US Embassy and a number of press organizations. He has since been released from prison.

The story is good publicity for Twitter in a week which has seen ripples of complaints over spamming and the introduction of ads into the Twittersphere.

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