Egyptian couple name newborn child 'Facebook'
The name "Facebook" was given by an Egyptian couple to their newborn daughter in honor of the role the social networking website played in the protests that led to longtime president, Hosni Mubarak, stepping down.
An Egyptian newspaper, Al-Ahram, has reported that Jamal Ibrahim, a young Egyptian man in his twenties, has chosen the name "Facebook" for his newest child. Her complete name is Facebook Jamal Ibrahim.
According to the Hindustan Times
, Ibrahim stated that his friends and family alike have expressed "continuing support for the revolution that started on Facebook."
The article reads, in an English translation, "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." According to Techtree
, the article continues, "'Facebook' recieved many gifts from the youth who were overjoyed by her arrival and the new name - a name that shocked the entire world."
Leading social media outlets Twitter and Facebook both played a major role in organizing protest rallies in Egypt. During January's 18-day trials of blood-shed and violence, support in numbers was shown over the pages and groups organized for the cause. Techtree also reports that an estimated five-million Egyptians own Facebook accounts.
No babies have yet to be reported with a name honoring Twitter.