Egyptian Man Names His Baby “Facebook”

Forget Apple, Sunday Rose, Ocean and Sage Moonblood for out-of-the-ordinary, attention-grabbing names. According to an article found in the Egyptian paper Al-Ahram (and translated by TechCrunch) an Egyptian man has named his firstborn baby daughter “Facebook Jamal Ibrahim” as a way of showing his gratitude to the social networking site and the valuable role it played in helping to organize the recent protests that resulted in the eventual ousting of President Hosni Mubarak.

According to TechCrunch, there are now approximately 5 million Facebook users in Egypt – with a significant increase in the past month during the protests including 32, 000 new groups and 14, 000 pages. Already recognized and celebrated worldwide as a highly successful social network, Facebook is increasingly being embraced as a symbol of freedom and a vehicle for social-political change with the familiar Facebook logo sprawled across the streets of Cairo and protest signs that say “Thank you Facebook”.

Initially intended as a geeky college-creation to ‘rate hot girls’, Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerburg must surely be proud of his profound contribution to our digitally-driven society.

Main image by Khaled Desouki / AFP – Getty Images

Written By Jess Glass