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Israeli newborn named 'Like' in tribute to Facebook

May 16, 2011 | 10:48 am

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A newborn baby girl in Israel has been named Like, in a tribute to Facebook.

Like's parents, Lior and Vardit Adler, gave their daugther the unique name because "Facebook had become the icon of today's generation," according to Israel's Haaretz newspaper.

"If once people gave biblical names and that was the icon, then today this is one of the most famous icons in the world," Lior Adler told Haaretz.

The Adlers, who live in the town of Hod Hasharon, near Tel Aviv, have a history of giving their children names outside the norm.

The couple's two other children are named Dvash, "honey" in Hebrew, and Pie, Haaretz said.

Despite that, the name Like caught the Adlers' friends by surprise.

"They simply didn't believe it," Lior Adler told the newspaper. "I believe there will be people who will lift a eyebrow ... but it is my girl and that's what's fun about it." 

Like isn't the first child to be named in recognition of the world's most popular social-networking website.

In Egypt, after 18 days of protests led to the end of President Hosni Mubarak'snearly three-decade reign, Gamal Ibrahim, a man in his 20s, named his daughter Facebook as a way to honor the social network, which was a tool used to mobilize demonstrators there.

Twitter was a popular organizing tool used in the Egyptian revolution, and many other "Arab Spring" movements calling for democracy this year in the Middle East and nations of North Africa.

So far, we haven't come across anyone naming their children Twitter or Tweet. But it may only be a matter of time.

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Image: A rendition of the Facebook "like" button. Credit: Smemon87 via Flickr

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