Yeah.. I’m confused too! Who the hell would want to name their child “Facebook”? *sigh*
A twenty-something Egyptian man would.. and did! He has officially named his first born daughter “Facebook” as a tribute to the role the social media service played in organizing the protests in Tahrir Square and beyond.
According to Al-Ahram (one of the most popular newspapers in Egypt):
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.
There are about five million Facebook users in Egypt, more so than any other country in the Middle East/North Africa region. 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. (source)
I guess it’s not unusual for popular culture to dictate baby names, but “Facebook”? I guess Twitter, Youtube, Bing and Google aren’t too far behind.
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