Monday, March 14, 2011
Egyptian man names his child ‘Facebook’.
Egyptian newspaper Al-Ahram is reporting that 20-something Jamal Ibrahim has decided to name his daughter "Facebook" Jamal Ibrahim in honor of the service that helped anti-government protests overthrow Egyptian dictator Muhammad Hosni Sayyid Mubarak.
"The girl's family, friends, and neighbours in the Ibrahimya region gathered around the new born to express their continuing support for the revolution that started on Facebook," reads an English translation of the paper as supplied by TechCrunch. "'Facebook' received many gifts from the youth who were overjoyed by her arrival and the new name-a name that shocked the entire world."
Although Facebook wasn't the only service in use by Egyptians during the roughly three weeks of protests within the country, it's certainly the service that's received the most widespread follow-up in the aftermath. Roughly 5 million of the country's citizens have active Facebook accounts, and the company saw more than 32,000 different groups and 14,000 new pages pop up on the service within approximately the last two weeks of January.