Mom turns to Facebook to name unborn baby
TORONTO— Rommy Alpinelli has hundreds of possible first names for her soon-to-bedelivered baby girl, but she won’t get to pick The One. She’s giving that power to the people.
Alpinelli has decided to leave things to chance or, more specifically, in the virtual hands of Facebook users and online voters who will help select the first name of her firstborn. The Toronto mom-to-be, whose due date is Dec. 4, had tried in vain to find a unique moniker. During her recent stints as a supply teacher, she scanned through class lists and pored over baby-name books for inspiration. Nothing jumped out.
“ I just wanted to find something that was not different like off-the-wall, just unique, like a very pretty girl name that’s not so super-common,” said the 34-year-old.
Alpinelli had been discussing the subject with a friend who works in sales at FabFind. The Canadian social commerce site offers discounted deals on everything from fitness classes to meals and laser hair removal.
The friend went to FabFind and mentioned Alpinelli’s name dilemma and the company decided d to suggest something a little unconventional. v
“ We went back to her and said, ‘ Here’s what we’ll do: We will give you and your family a year’s worth of free deals if you let us help name your kid and we’ll do it on Facebook,’ ” said FabFind CEO Bill Heilmann.
What’s more, they wanted to create a whole social media movement to get people involved through Facebook and Twitter, and designed a custom application for individuals to submit names and cast votes ( accessible at www. fabfindbaby. com and www. facebook. com/ FabFindToronto).
“ It’s one of those things where it was designed to be first and foremost a namegenerating exercise but also one where it was sort of a democratization of finding a great name,” said Heilmann.
As of late Friday, they had received around 750 7 submissions. The top vote-getter was Aria, followed by Melania in second place and Sophia in third.
Other names in the top 10 included Parsia, Eudaimonia and Fabricia.
Submissions and voting will continue until Alpinelli gives birth.
The person who submits the top votegetting name will earn 25,000 rewards points they can use to redeem for FabFind deals. Individuals can submit names from all over the world, but they have to be a Canadian resident outside of Quebec to claim the prize.
— The Canadian Press