When Facebook Ibrahim gets her own Facebook page, chances are good she's going to have a lot of friend requests.
The newborn girl's father, Jamal Ibrahim, was so moved by the social network's role in the late January, early February Egyptian protests that ousted longtime president Hosni Mubarak that he chose to name his firstborn daughter "Facebook."
TechCrunch's Alexia Tsotsis reported on the blessed event, which was reported in the Arabic-language Egyptian newspaper, Al-Ahram. Through translators, TechCrunch provided an English version of the announcement:
A New DayMan Names His Newborn Girl FacebookA 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.
Who knows if Ibrahim has started a trend? Will we be seeing kids with names like YouTube, Twitter or Google? (In which case, they'll be right at home with celebrities' kids, such as Egypt Daoud, Buddy Bear Maurice and Moxie CrimeFighter.) Or does Facebook hold a special place in Egyptians' hearts because of its role in the revolution?
Egypt has about 5 million Facebook users, 20 percent of whom are on it through their mobile devices.
Facebook spokesman Andrew Noyes told the Huffington Post that "Groups and Pages created by users from Egypt have 'risen sharply': around 32,000 groups and 14,000 pages have been created" in those two weeks following the Jan. 25 protests. "The most popular Facebook Page among users from Egypt belongs to Amr Khaled, a preacher who has over 2 million 'likes,' followed by that of an Egyptian radio host, Amr Diab."
More Egypt/Facebook stories:
- Facebook looks to downplay role in Egyptian revolution
- How the Internet brought down a dictator
- Power of Twitter, Facebook in Egypt crucial, says U.N. rep