CEO Uses Social Media to Pick Baby Name: What do you Think?

It's tough enough selecting a child's name in the "real" world. What do you think about adding the opinions of digital friends into the process?

Moms Talk is a weekly feature on all Lehigh Valley Patches in which local parents, caregivers and other members of the community are invited to share opinions and advice on parenting topics.

This week’s Moms Talk question relates to crowdsourcing baby names.

Let’s face it selecting a name for your child is tough -- at least it was for me and my husband. Take the whole part of the two of us coming to consensus out of the equation. That’s a whole other matter. What I have never understood are those parents-to-be who “test” potential names out on other people. From what I have seen, pretty much everyone has something to say about every name and inevitably someone will say something to ruin a couple’s absolute favorite name forever. My older child could have been Lukey-Pukey had I not read an article about picking a baby name in a parenting magazine late in my first pregnancy.

All of this is why Yahoo CEO’s Marissa Mayer’s recent decision to crowdsource baby names for her son has met with a bit of controversy. Crowdsourcing is a term born of the digital age in which people use social media tools like Facebook and Twitter to solicit suggestions for and opinions about everything from movies to restaurants. Mayer recently used these technology tools to help her come up with a name for her son, born Sept. 30. You may or may not be surprised to learn that she isn’t the first to do so.

And, that brings us to this week’s Moms Talk question:

What are your thoughts on using social media tools like Facebook and Twitter to help name your baby? Would you do it?

Our Moms Council members include: 

  • Lisa Amey of Upper Milford Township is a stay-at-home mother of two. A past president of the MOMS Club of Emmaus and longtime member of MOPs (Mothers of Preschoolers), Lisa is an Independent Consultant for Arbonne International. 
  • Lisa Drew of Emmaus is a certified nutritionist and personal trainer, wellness and fitness coach with more than 17 years of experience. She is the mother of a 13-year-old girl and a 9-year-old boy.
  • Jennifer Elston of Emmaus has almost two decades of professional experience in child development and counseling. She is currently a stay-at-home mom to two beautiful girls. Together with her husband, Chris, she owns Christopher Elston Photography.
  • Jeanne Lombardo of Nazareth is the mother of a 10-year-old boy and a 5-year-old girl. She’s new to the Lehigh Valley, having moved to Nazareth from Bergen County, NJ in January.
  • Lisa Merk of Lower Macungie is a stay-at-home mother of four boys – a 12-year-old and 6-year-old triplets. Lisa is a past president of the MOMS Club of Lower Macungie East. In her “spare” time, Lisa teaches piano to school-age children.
  • Zoila Bonilla Paul of Bethlehem is a stay-at-home mom to two girls – a 5-year-old and a 14-month-old. Zoila is a member of her local “moms’ club” and says she is “well-versed in the fun that children can bring.”
  • Beth Sharpless of Emmaus works part time in a local emergency department as a nurse and part time from home as a customer support specialist. She has two children -- a boy who is 3 and a 6-year-old girl. She says they love spending time outdoors and dancing.

If you would like to become a part of the Moms Council and/or have ideas for future Moms Talk questions, please email jennifer.marangos@patch.com.

Beth December 09, 2012 at 02:05 PM
I am not on Facebook, nor do I tweet, so I wouldn't even look to those avenues for the name for a child. I don't look to others to make decisions for me and my husband.
Mary Anne Looby December 09, 2012 at 03:51 PM
I agree completly with Beth. If you have to depend on or solicit the opinions of others, especially using social networking to name your child there is something seriously wrong with you. Wether it is a quest for your 15 minutes of fame, or simply wanting to see how many more stupid people are out there responding to this question does not matter. If you and your husband cannot make a decision on a name, what will you do when the really important issue arise? Having to know the sex of the baby before it is born is another hot button for me. There are so few surprises in this world why would anyone want to spoil the greatest one of all? It's like being one of those Kardasian people. They put all their business (dirty laundry included) out for public pervue. For what? To make a buck? Take me back to pre 1980 when babies came when they were ready, parents had two names picked out. One for a boy, one for a girl, the only people in the delivery room were Mom, Dad, and the medical staff. This should be the most private of moments between a husband and wife. I guarentee you, not one kid whose birth was filmed wants to sit and watch it. It just ain't normal!!!
Lisa Amey December 09, 2012 at 04:57 PM
Personally, I would never use this avenue to choose a baby name. In fact, I think it's special to keep a list of potential names quiet until a baby is actually born. But with that said, if someone else wants to do that, I see no harm in it, although it's a bit quirky.
Lisa Merk December 09, 2012 at 05:26 PM
I think it's stupid - sorry but that is my opinion. Can you imagine that conversation with a 13 yr. old? "Hey Mom, how did you come up with my name?" ..."Oh. I didn't some guy named John in South Africia did." "Oh, and I am not friends with him anymore, because he posted something that was offensive and degrading, so I defriended him, but he picked your name."


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