Gilad Shalit Joins Facebook
Released Hamas captive catching up with technology released over last five years
Former captive soldier Gilad Shalit is taking another step in his rehabilitation process and has recently opened his own Facebook account.
His personal account includes a slightly blurry profile picture, and he uses it through an iPhone application as well.
The Shalit family reported that several days after returning to his home in Mitzpe Hila, Gilad began to catch up with technological innovations and learn about the immense popularity gained by the social network during his years in Hamas captivity.
At this stage, other Facebook users cannot add his as a friend, send him messages or write on his wall. In addition, he has yet to install the social network's latest addition – the Timeline, which tells a person's life story through photos, friendships and personal milestones.
Shalit currently has only few people on his friends' list, including his sister and close friends. He appears to have a sense of humor, as he has joined a group calling for his release. The group, which has more than 300,000 members, is naturally no longer active.
Shalit also recommended a link to a video titled, "The best basketball shot of 2011," from American college basketball.
Gilad's father,Noam, said in response: "He is a big boy. He acts independently, so your question should not be directed at me. But I do know that he has opened a Facebook account."
Is it his real profile?
"Yes, I believe it is his profile judging from the list of friends."
This article is reprinted with permission from Ynet.