Naming a baby 30 years ago was much easier. Parents just needed to pick a name they liked, say Lawrence or Michael, add the surname, and that was it.
Enter the Internet, and everything changes. Now you need to think twice before naming your kid, else he will have a lot of trouble on his digital interactions. Below we cover 5 new considerations parents must make when naming a baby these days.
1. Is NameSurname.com Still Available?
In the future it is very likely that every person will need to have an online presence, and having the namesurname.com domain is the best way to go. How would you feel if your child needed to build her website on namesurname.biz or namesurname.info? Pretty bad I bet.
2. Is @NameSurname Still Available on Twitter?
Another cornerstone of your online presence will be your Twitter account. Make sure to secure @namesurname for your kid, else he will need to use some crap id like @marksmith1253 or @TheRealMarkSmith.
3. Will the name trigger email spam filters?
Email will probably remain the digital communication channel of choice. As such, it is essential to make sure that the name or surname of your kid will not trigger spam filters. Name your son Mark Cumming and no one will ever get his messages….
4. Will it be easy to rank in Google’s first position for “name surname”?
Evaluate whether or not it will be easy to get your kid’s website ranked in the first position of Google for the “name surname” search query. Virtually everyone will use a search engine to find information in the future, and you don’t want people who are searching for your kid (i.e. to make a job offer) ending in the website of some footbal player or rock star.
5. Will the name of your child need disambiguation in Wikipedia?
As a parent, you certainly hope that your child will be famous one day right? If that is the case, make sure that when people search for him or her on Wikipedia they will not need to go through the disambiguation page. It is really annoying….
Bonus: Is NameSurname still available as a vanity URL on Facebook?
Personally I think that Facebook is overrated, but people seem to be using it. So it would be worth to check if the vanity URL with the name and surname of your child is still available.
Obviously I used a satirical approach while writing this article, but some of these points are becoming more serious that what you might think. Feel free to leave a comment below with your take on the issue.