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A young Egyptian dad has dubbed his newborn daughter "Facebook" in honour of the role the social network played in deposing Hosni Mubarak.

The unnamed man, in his 20s, condemned his poor sprog to a lifetime of ridicule "to express his joy at the achievements made by the January 25 youth", as local paper al-Ahram put it.

According to the LA Times, the report added: "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."

Facebook was one of the online tools used by organisers of the popular uprising to co-ordinate protests and generally make life unpleasant for Mubarak.

Google exec Wael Ghonim helped mobilise the masses with his "We Are Khaled Said" Facebook page - named in honour of the young man who was beaten to death by police outside an Alexandria internet cafe last June. ®

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