As the anti-government protests in the Egyptian capital of Cairo and its surrounding cities continue Friday, Egypt has tried to shut down social media sites.
Social media sites like Twitter and Facebook have helped to accelerate the protests against President Hosni Mubarak and to mobilize the people. Still, people are finding ways to get around it, spreading pictures and video through mobile phones. Traditional media cannot keep up with this kind of coverage, one protestor told the BBC. "Tunisians have inspired Egyptians through social networks and if Egyptians manage to go through with that, they will inspire the rest of the Arab world."