Thursday, August 23, 2007

Yet another baby name test

There’s the presidential test, – President insert baby’s namethe judicial test – Supreme Court Justice insert baby’s name – and now we can add one more to the list: the Internet test – www.insertbaby’sname.com.

According to the Associated Press, some parents are leaving the hospital with a new baby and a new Internet domain to take care of. In fact, one parent interviewed said that was a requirement for names he and his wife liked – they must have an available .com.

But it doesn’t stop there. Some parents are registering e-mail addresses in baby’s names too. Maybe it will help stop the annoying and forgettable numeric phrase found at the end of most e-mail addresses, but does it leave children with any privacy?

Perhaps purchasing your baby’s name as their own personal domain may serve them in the future, but there is also an opportunity to serve your family now. Everyone who wants to see pictures of the new baby will know the name, so why not post a password-protected photo site to share with all your friends and family.

Many services including Bundlo.com offer baby blogs for parents to share updates on their newest addition. Purchasing your baby’s name as the domain might just be one way for the family to easily remember where to go.

Do web sites raise privacy concerns for your baby? Or is a baby's blog a useful tool to share baby updates with loved ones?

1 comment:

Mark said...

First, I loves me the Nymbler. My wife and I have a daughter set to make an appearance in October and are armed with a few perfect name options from all the Nymbling we've been doing. And yeah, I just made it a verb. In response to my wife asking about a name's meaning, I've said more than one time, "I don't know. Let me go Nymble it."

Second, Bundlo is very aware of the privacy issues surrounding putting your children online. We pride ourselves on taking security very seriously. (We don't even let the search engines in, much less anyone else that's uninvited!) You can read more about this in our recent press release.

And third, grabbing the URL for your kid is a great idea. Just be sure to register the domain with a registrar (like GoDaddy) that allows for private registration. This keeps the information of who owns the domain from being broadcast and keeps a "whois" look up from finding out as well. Your kids will appreciate that you thought about it for them. And by the time they are old enough to care about it, having a .com address will be cool and retro.

(Quick plug: If you choose a premium account at Bundlo, you can use your new baby's domain name as your web address!)