Egyptian names baby 'Facebook'

Egyptian newspaper reports that Jamal Ibrahim chose name to "express his gratitude about the victories the youth of 25 January have achieved."

It's a charming reminder that new life grows even after the hardest times. An Egyptian baby has been named "Facebook" to celebrate the importance of the Web in the struggles of Egypt's people as its citizens cast off long-standing oppression.

The Internet proved an invaluable tool to ignite protest into revolution in Egypt in January. Social-media services such as Facebook and Twitter were used by brave protesters to organize dissent, while services such as Flickr and YouTube allowed Egyptians to show what was happening at street level even when the government attempted to shut down the Internet.

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