As celebrations began at the stroke of last midnight with the much-awaited exchange of enclaves (Chhitmahals) between India and Bangladesh, the youth marked the momentous occasion online.

Aged  between 18 to 25 years, the youngsters who were residing in the enclaves on both sides of the border, rejoiced in the success of their massive online campaign by sporting white tee-shirts with the orange logo 'ff' signifying 'Facebook Fighters' with the initials of Bharat Bangladesh Enclave Exchange Coordination Committee (BBEECC) etched beneath.

United by internet and smart phones, the group includes members from all the 51 Bangladeshi enclaves in India and has representations from the residents of Indian enclaves in Bangladesh.

Be it Bishnu Barman, Rousan Sarkar, Jaynal Abedin or Atik Hassan Atik (whose family has opted for Bangladesh citizenship), Facebook proved to be a valuable and relatively inexpensive medium to get the word out across the border enclaves and connect with each other.

Similar to Cairo's Tahrir Square and in Dhaka's Shahbag, social media like Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp became a powerful tool for these youth to evolve a consensus on issues and virtually connect with members in neighbouring enclaves who had never met.

Facebook provided them a distinct identity at a time when they were in 'nowhere land'. Now, with the historic swapping, they have in unison switched their Facebook profile pictures to the logo of their group 'Facebook Fighters'.

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