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Little Egyptian Girl Named 'Facebook' To Honor Site's Role In Revolution

Feb. 4: Anti-government protesters held a sign referencing the Facebook social networking website that was important in organizing protesters in Tahrir Square. Chris Hondros/Getty Images hide caption

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Feb. 4: Anti-government protesters held a sign referencing the Facebook social networking website that was important in organizing protesters in Tahrir Square.

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We're a day or two late on this news, but it's got that heart-warming element that makes it worth passing along (especially when there are so many other stories of death and destruction; we can all probably use a little lift).

TechCrunch was among the first to note that:

"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."

According to TechCrunch's translation of Al-Ahram's reporting, the newspaper wrote that "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."

The Internet's role in how things played out in Egypt as Hosni Mubarak's regime was toppled has been a subject of much discussion in recent weeks.

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