Say what you will, but it has a nice ring to it.
After all, our American celebrities have given some odd names to their children over the years (Apple, Kyd, Pilot Inspektor), but none of them echo with the revolutionary power that Facebook does.
It’s no surprise to hear the words Facebook, Twitter, Egypt, and Revolution in the same sentence. Over the past month, many credit the online social media franchises for pulling the trigger to organize the Tahrir Square protests. Protestors and revolutionists have now taken the country back from Hosni Mubarak, but how do you pay respects to a faceless charter like the INTERNET? One man thinks he has found a way.
“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.” –Egypt newspaper, Al-Ahram
Now that January 25 has come and gone, the number of Facebook users in Egypt have grown to five million. While we’re sure discontent and revolt were not the original intentions of Mark Zuckerberg’s social tool, we can’t help but feel that he must be proud to provide the forum of social metamorphosis for an entire country.
Here’s to you, little Facebook.
[Source: Tech Crunch]