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12/08/2010

We have a winner: Baby born, named by Facebook users

6a00e54f91645288340134898fd5e0970c Remember my post about the woman who was going to name her baby based on what people voted for on Facebook? Well, I have an update.

Refresher: Rommy Alpinelli would get free deals for a year from FabFind if she agreed to let Facebook users vote on and decide the name of her new baby. FabFind is a website that offers group deals for users.

So when Rommy went into labour on Tuesday, there were about five votes separating the two frontrunners in the online naming contest. Aria and Melania were the two frontrunners after nearly 15,000 votes.

And the winning name is...Melania Loren Alpinelli. According to the Montreal Gazette, Melania was born at 3 p.m. on Tuesday to Rommy and her husband Mark at Humber River Regional Hospital.

Mom and the Facebook named baby are doing well, the report says.

In the end, about nine votes were separating Melania and the runner-up, Aria.

Either one was fine, considering some of the other contenders included Fabby Licious, Ponyboy and Wowmbie.

In the end, Rommy receives $40,000 worth of deals from FabFind and the user who suggested Melania wins 25,000 FabFind points they can use to buy items from the social deal website.

Rommy says she took part because she was having trouble finding a name that unique, pretty and feminine.

Do you think this contest was worth it? Did they go to far to name a baby over Facebook?

- Maurice Cacho, MSN Tech & Gadgets

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Danny BradburyDanny Bradbury

Danny Bradbury is a technology journalist with 20 years' experience. He writes regularly for publications including the Guardian, the Financial Times, the Financial Post, and Backbone magazine. Danny also writes and directs documentaries.

Maurice CachoMaurice Cacho

Maurice Cacho is a Toronto-based journalist mixing his love for tech with a passion for news. He's also CP24's Web Journalist and appears daily on CP24 Breakfast and weekly on the channel's tech show, Webnation, discussing tech news and trends.

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