The other day, I saw an article in The Denver Post entitled, Newborns Entering Internet Domain.
It seems that some parents, like Mark Pankow, checked with GoDaddy to make sure that the url BennetPankow.com was available before naming his son Bennet. Mr. Pankow said, “One of the criteria was, if we liked the name, the domain had to be available.”
The article went on to say, “The trend hints at the potential importance of domain names in establishing one’s future identity.” Warren Adelman, President of GoDaddy, the largest domain name registration company says, “It (your domain name) is the starting point for your online identity. We believe the domain name is the starting point on which all the other internet services are based.”
Some parents who haven’t gone as far as registering a domain name for their children have set up a Hotmail or Gmail account for them. Melissa Coleman set up a Hotmail account for her two kids. The kids’ grandparents send e-greeting cards to these accounts. Ms. Coleman sends thank you notes for gifts in her kid’s voices. She logs in once a month to keep the accounts active, and plans to save the messages for when her kids get older.
I don’t know about you, but this seems to be a little much to me. Of course, my name is Bud Bilanich. There wasn’t a lot of competition for the BudBilanich.com url.
When I look at this from a common sense perspective, I am of two minds:
- Factoring in the availability of a url when naming your child, sounds a little crazy, and somewhat obsessive to me. Not everyone will need nor want a url in their name.
- Setting up free e mail accounts for your newborns is kind of a cool way to store a lot of early childhood memories that are likely to get lost otherwise.
That’s my take on this. What’s yours?
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