Egypt and Social Media: I Name This Baby “Facebook”

Here at OSM we’ve been bringing you news about the growing role of social media and social networking sites in growing protests around the world, as in the recent Tunisian Twitter Revolution, the unrest in Libya where the Internet was shut down, and also in the protests in Egypt, a revolution helped in part by the use of social media.

The protests and demonstrations in Egypt eventually led to President Muhammad Hosni Sayyid Mubarek stepping down from power, a move that led to jubilant scenes across the country. Now we hear that one new proud Egyptian father has chosen to thank Facebook for the role it played in the revolution, by naming his daughter “Facebook.” Emil Protalinski over on ZDNet reports on this news, sourced from Egyptian newspaper, Al-Ahram and translated by Tech Crunch.

The newspaper told of a young Egyptian man who wished to show his gratitude to Facebook (the social networking site) and so named his child “Facebook Jamal Ibrahim.” Apparently people have gathered round the baby girl to give gifts to Facebook (the baby) and show continuing support for the revolution and Facebook (the social networking site).

There’s also news that the Egyptian army, which is temporarily running the country, has also opened its own Facebook page. Along with that, in the fourteen days following the first day of the revolution, 32,000 new Facebook groups were established in Egypt with 14,000 pages created.

If you’re interested in learning more about the role that Facebook played in the Egyptian protests you might want to check out an intriguing article by Abigail Hauslohner on TIME which takes an in-depth look at one of the protestors, 20-year-old Khaled Kamel, and how he used Facebook to push for change in the country.

The story of a man naming his daughter “Facebook” (whether you like it as a name or not), is a rather heartening reminder of how Egypt has come a long way in recent months and should also remind us never to take the role of social media for granted, as we use it in our everyday lives. What do you think of this news? Let us know with your comments please.