Monday, August 23, 2010
I'm expecting my first child at the end of the month. I was thinking about whether to start reserving social media accounts for him, as I can see that unlike my name (Unique in all the world according to Google: http://bit.ly/a7Q5Ol) there are at least 4 other Leo or Leonardo Alas' out there (according to Facebook http://www.facebook.com/directory/people/B110603-3756477-3756480). And that's fine on Facebook, but on Twitter/YouTube/Blogspot and other sites that do not allow for username duplicates, it would make sense to reserve now, right? Wrong. I started thinking that 13 years from now (several lifetimes in the Internet world), when little Leo is old enough to start using some of these accounts, there is a good chance that the "Social Media Landscape" will be completely different and perhaps the tools will no longer exist as they do today... and, the race to reserve your name would probably repeat itself. Or, perhaps there will be some other sign-on method that I can't think of/imagine yet.
Well, for now I've only reserved @babyLissansky so I can refer to him on Twitter :)