A Primer On Following Egyptian Protests On Twitter : The Two-Way Like other protests around the world, social media has played a big role. This is a primer on how to follow the events in Egypt via Twitter.

A Primer On Following Egyptian Protests On Twitter

Over the course of the day, protests have spread across Egypt to most of the major cities, with some crowds reported in the tens of thousands. In the last couple hours alone, protesters in Cairo have torched a police department and police vehicles, as well as the ruling party's headquarters. The government has also attempted to block all communications coming out of Egypt, but word is still getting out — including through Twitter.

Whether you're on Twitter or are just interested in checking out relevant users, there are a number of Twitter accounts that have served as riveting play-by-plays of today's protests.

@monaeltahawy: Egyptian-born columnist and commentator. We've also featured her on air.

@dima_khatib: Al Jazeera's Latin America correspondent. She's been tweeting about Egypt and Tunisia for many weeks in at least four different languages.

@abuaardvark: Mark Lynch, who runs Foreign Policy's mideast blog.

@SultanAlQassemi: Columnist for the UAE-based newspaper, The National.

@lisang: Lisa Goldman, an Israeli-Canadian journalist based in Tel Aviv.

@bencnn: Ben Wedeman, CNN's veteran Middle East correspondent.

@ajelive and @ajenglish: Tweets from Al Jazeera English, which has offered phenomenal coverage of both Egypt and Tunisia.

@alaa: Alaa Abd El Fattah, an Egyptian blogger now based in South Africa who had previously spent time in Egyptian jails due to his involvement in protests against the government.

@weddady: Nasser Weddady, a Mauritanian activist based in Boston.

Meanwhile, you can also follow me at @acarvin, where I'll continue to live-blog the situation in Egypt throughout the day. You can also search for the hashtags #egypt and #jan25 to keep up.

(Andy Carvin is NPR's senior strategist for social media.)