Egypt’s Jamal Ibrahim has named his newborn daughter Facebook Jamal Ibrahim, a tribute to the central role the social network played in helping organize the demonstrations leading to Hosni Mubarak resigning.
TechCrunch obtained a 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. Facebook” received many gifts from the youth who were overjoyed by her arrival and the new name.
Although the Egyptian revolution had some planning via Twitter, Facebook has become iconic force for democracy. Egyptian protesters held signs denoting I Love Facebook” went viral and filled the walls and photo albums of Egypt’s thousands. When Mubarak stepped down, status updates and wall posts from Egyptian Facebook users tangibly showed the world’s excitement. Even Google’s North Africa Marketing Manager Wael Ghonim, credited with organizing the demonstrations in Cairo, thanked Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg for the social network’s role in helping Egypt achieve freedom.
The idea of someone naming their children after physical objects or other peculiar stuff and now websites is usually reserved for quirky Hollywood celebrities. And yet, all possible jokes aside, the parents’ intention is no doubt a noble one: To thank the medium they believe helped the most in spreading their message of mobilization and freedom.