Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Like a Trust Fund, Only Free

My kid doesn't have a real common name, but then again neither do I. The dot com domain of my name was available for the longest time, I just kept putting off registering it and putting it off and putting it off, and finally, someone with my name who is a magician in Ft. Wayne, Indiana registered it. I don't know what I would have ever used it for, but I know now that the answer is nothing.

So the dot com of my kid's name is available. I've been checking it since she was little. She's six now, I figure I have time, I mean, c'mon, that's something like $17 a year. The thing is, if she has her own domain, when she's 16 she'll be the coolest kid in school, because by then owning your name as a dot come will be as rare as a president that isn't a Clinton or a Bush. So I did the next best thing. I registered her name at Gmail. Because it's free, and Google isn't going anywhere. (They're at least as solid as Oldsmobile and Braniff.) Hopefully, when all her friends have emails like NashGirlGoTitans02202001IlikePuppies at Gmail dot com, they will all marvel at the fact that my kid's dad had the foresight to register her a simple, memorable Email address -- her name -- when she was a kid.

Or, when all her friends have their own dot com domain names, they will marvel at the fact that her dad was too cheap to spend $17 a year for her to have her own.

2 Comments:

At 8:08 PM , Blogger lcreekmo said...

Both my kids have off-the-beaten-path names [at least when you put first and last together] and I kept putting it off....but I finally decided I would feel really stupid if 6 mos. from now I checked again and they were gone.

So I bought them both recently....GoDaddy.com is really cheap if you change your mind. I like the gmail idea.

 
At 12:11 PM , Blogger Exador said...

Fair warning on the using-your-name-as-email thing.

I did it on my first email account and discovered that the Spammers pull the name from it and personalize your Spam.

Mrs S: Honey, what with all the porn and Viagra email?

Ex: It's Spam

Mrs S: But it's addressed TO YOU. They know your name.


Also, the stars of To Catch A Predator can track her down more easily.

Give it to her when she's 25, assuming there's still email then.

 

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