One of the nice things about using Google Forms to name your baby is you can use the built-in charts and reports. Here’s a fun timeline chart showing how each name has collected votes over time:
The graphic is a little small here, so here’s a larger version: http://www.jasonmorrison.net/static/timeline.html.
For example, you can see that Finn just surpassed Isaac on the 15th. Also Xavier, Nikola, and Luka have been battling each other throughout the whole poll.
If you haven’t voted, you still have time – but hurry, the baby is due in May. Click here to vote.
We’ve passed 1,000 votes in our baby name poll!
Now we have enough data to start showing off the top names:
Looks like Alexander, Isaac and Finn have taken an early lead. I haven’t done any real data analysis yet, but we’re getting enough votes now that I won’t be able to resist for long.
If you haven’t voted, please follow this link to the form. For each vote, we (and some other folks at Google) have pledged to donate $1 to Save the Children. Just by voting, you ensure a child receives a polio vaccine.
See the original post and the FAQ for more info.
Five years ago, I used a Google Form to ask friends, family, and random readers of my blog to help us pick a name for our first-born child. Before I knew it, it was picked up by some other blogs, then news sites, then suddenly I was doing radio and TV interviews. We ended up with over 10,000 votes from all around the world. Two months later our daughter was born, and the Internet had helped us pick the perfect name – Athena.
While it was certainly fun to be on TV and show off Google Forms, the best part of the experience was seeing all the great positive energy my little baby name project created. People seemed to really enjoy this story of a geeky Googler asking the Internet to help name his kid, and were excited to vote, discuss suggestions, and pass the story on.
We are expecting again and we’d like to harness some of that positive energy for something more meaningful. We are raising money for Save the Children so we can bring our new son into the world while helping kids around the world.
My wife and I (along with some other Googlers) have pledged to donate $1 for each vote – see details in the FAQ. For $1, Save the Children can provide one complete polio vaccination course for a child. Just by voting, you will be helping a child in need. If you would like to join us and donate $1 of your own, please go to this OneToday campaign. Google OneToday makes donating to a good cause easy and fun.
If you’d like to help us name our baby and support a great charity at the same time, please vote on the Google Form (see below). If you want to follow the votes and find out which name ends up on top, please go to my blog or follow me on Google+ or Twitter.
And if you ever need to name a baby of your own, I highly recommend Google Forms. Setting up a form or survey is easy, and the results are automatically put into a spreadsheet for you as they come in.
Questions? See the FAQ post or leave a comment below.