Egyptian Baby Girl named “Facebook” to Celebrate Revolution

by Jeffry on February 20, 2011

To Celebrate The #Jan25 Revolution, Egypt’s Jamal Ibrahim has named his newborn daughter Facebook Jamal Ibrahim, a tribute to the central role the social network played in helping organize the demonstrations in Tahrir Square leading to Hosni Mubarak resigning from the presidency he’d held for 30 years.

According to Egypt’s Al-Ahram, a government-owned news outlet:

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Man Names His Newborn Girl Facebook

A young man in his twenties wanted to express his gratitude about the victories the youth of 25th of January have achieved and chose to express it in the form of naming his firstborn girl “Facebook” Jamal Ibrahim (his name.) 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. A name [Facebook] that shocked the entire world.

Egyptians used all sorts of social media tools like Twitter, YouTube, cell-phones, Facebook, et cetera, but the latter became the cynosure of social media that people used to synergistically organize the events that led to common man’s Victory.

The photo during the protests in Tahrir Square of an Egyptian protester holding an “I Love Facebook” poster went viral, and when the revolution finally succeeded, countless status updates from Facebook users tangibly showed the world’s excitement. Facebook itself 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 25th.

Even Google’s Middle East and North Africa Marketing Manager Wael Ghonim, credited with organizing the demonstrations in Cairo, thanked Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg for the social network’s role in helping Egypt achieve freedom. You must be wondering, how Egyptians accessed Facebook, without having any internet connect? Here is the video:

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