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Egyptian names his daughter "Facebook"

Gamal Ibrahim, in his 20s, gave his daughter the name "to express his joy at the achievements made by the January 25 youth."

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An Egyptian anti-government demonstrator sleeps on the pavement under spray paint that reads "Al-Jazeera" and "Facebook" at Cairo's Tahrir square on Feb. 7, 2011 on the 14th day of protests calling for the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak. (Khaled Desouki/Getty Images)

A man in Egypt has named his newborn daughter "Facebook" in honor of the role the social media network played in bringing about a revolution, according to reports.

Gamal Ibrahim, in his 20s, gave his daughter the name "to express his joy at the achievements made by the January 25 youth," according to a report in Al-Ahram, one of Egypt's most popular newspapers.

An English translation of the newspaper article reads: "The girl's family, friends, and neighbors in the Ibrahimya region gathered around the newborn to express their continuing support for the revolution that started on Facebook."

It adds, "Facebook received many gifts from the youth who were overjoyed by her arrival and the new name — a name that shocked the entire world."

Many young people used Facebook, Twitter and other social media networks to organize the Egypt protests, which began Jan. 25 and ultimately led to the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak after 30 years in power.

Around five million Egyptians reportedly own Facebook accounts, more than in any other country in the Middle East. Wael Ghonim, a Google executive who organized an opposition Facebook page, became a central figure of the revolution.

No news — yet — of a baby named Twitter.

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/egypt/110221/egypt-facebook-wael-ghonim