Egyptian Names Daughter "Facebook"

Aron Schatz
February 22, 2011

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In a tale of epic fails, one person in Egypt just assigned his daughter to a life of ridicule and a host of facepalming. The fail is strong with this one. In all honesty, I understand the help that social networking gave the people in Egypt, but this is nuts.


According to Al-Ahram (one of the most popular newspapers in Egypt) a twenty-something Egyptian man has named his first born daughter “Facebook” in tribute to the role the social media service played in organizing the protests in Tahrir Square and beyond.

Helmed by now-famous Googler Wael Ghonim, the “We Are Khaled Said” Facebook page showed up within 5 days of Said’s death in June and served as a hub for dissidence against Egyptian police brutality as well as a way to disseminate logistical information about the escalating anti-government protests until Mubarak’s resignation. Other activist pages like one actually called “Tahrir Square” cropped up shortly afterward.



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