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Egyptian man names baby girl ‘Facebook’ in honor of site’s role in revolution

February 21, 2011

Facebook written on a wall during the Egypt protestsBy John Rossi :: 3:24 PM

An Egyptian man named his newborn baby girl “Facebook” in the aftermath of the nearly three weeks of protests that used social media as an tool to organize people and overthrow the government in that country..

According to Egyptian news outlet Al-Ahram, Gamal Ibrahimhas named his first daughter Facebook as a way to honor and recognize the role that the social website had in Egypt’s recent revolution.

Despite limited access to the Internet, Facebook and other social media sites, Like YouTube and Twitter, were used by protest organizers beginning with the major revolt on January 25th. The words “Facebook” and “Twitter” could be seen printed on signs and painted on walls and other public areas throughout the demonstrations.

A translation of the Al-Ahram report provided by TechCrunch reads, “The girl’s family, friends and neighbors in the Ibrahimya region gathered around the new born to express their continuing support for the revolution that started on Facebook. ‘Facebook’ received many gifts from the youth who were overjoyed by her arrival and the new name.”

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