CAIRO, Egypt – In weird name news, an Egyptian man named his newborn daughter Facebook in honor of the role the social networking site played in the recent uprising against former President Hosni Mubarak.
The newborn baby girl born last week was given the name Facebook Jamal Ibrahim.
The father, Jamal Ibrahim told Egyptian newspaper Al-Ahram, Tuesday, that he chose the name as a way to express his gratitude to the country’s youth.
The girl’s family, friends, and neighbours in the Ibrahimia region gathered around the newborn to show their continuing support for the internet-aided revolution, the paper said.
Demonstrators used Facebook to organize protests, share information, and connect with the outside world.
There are five million Facebook users in Egypt, TechCrunch reported, more than any other country in the Middle East and North Africa region.
Facebook has reported an increase in Egyptian users in the past month, with 32,000 Facebook groups and 14,000 pages created in the two weeks after January.
The social networking site played a crucial role in the Egyptian uprising, so much so that it has widely been labelled “the Facebook Revolution.”
Imagine if the event was organized by Twitter, the little girl could have been named Twitter or even worse Twitface if it had been a joint operation.Tags: Cairo, daughter, Egypt, Facebook, Name, Newborn, Oddnews, Offbeat, Revolution, Social Netorking