Internet presence is important today and in the future the emphasis will only increase, both socially and professionally with more and more companies searching public domain information on prospective employees. I remember first using Twitter in 2007 and thinking it won’t be long until businesses use it as a marketing tool and customer service point of contact.
Two years later in 2009 Virgin Trains joined, followed in 2010 by John Lewis, and Tesco in 2011. Now every company has a presence and the same can be said for pretty much every internet linked individual.
Meaningful Social Media Usernames
With that in mind, as soon as we’d decided on G’s full name, I jumped online and setup accounts with the major social websites/services using his name rather than being stuck in the future to resorting to the likes of LittleGMan15x. The main accounts we’ve setup include;
- Domain name (.co.uk and .com)
I’m not yet sure how, or even if, you can grab a Facebook vanity URL due to their restrictions on age, so for the time being he isn’t on Facebook which is something we vowed not to do anyway.
We don’t want to pollute peoples timelines with G’s first smile, first cry, first everything. Also we don’t want his photos available for anyone and everyone to view (yes I know you can lock it down to a certain degree) but it’s just a bit too creepy.
The Twitter and Instagram accounts we setup as a means to post photos and updates which are accessible to our family only. It saves having to send out 100s of picture messages, to some who may be too polite to say stop.
It allows people to dip in and out in their own time and catch up when it suits them rather than suffering the “Look at my baby do this, that and everything in between” overload as is often the case.
Having these accounts will also be nice for G to look back on in the future, and obviously can then take them over when he’s old and responsible enough.