A blanket. A bottle. Diapers. A pack of onesies. What is the first thing you bought your child? If you don’t have children, what do you think will be the first purchase you will make for them?
Do you plan on starting their college fund the moment they get a social security number?
I was making my rounds today and stumbled upon an interesting post by Ted Jenkin on The Wall Street Journal blog. In it, he suggests that parents skip the rattles and booties and buy their child’s name as a domain before anything else. He even suggests adding the Twitter handle and Instagram while you’re at it.
Jenkin makes a good point – social media is here to stay.
Having the ability to create your own personal page at your domain name could give your child a huge edge down the road. None of us know what the future holds for our children but the fact we can help them out immensely for less than $10/year, is well worth the investment.
If he or she becomes the next Taylor Swift, the domain name could be worth millions. But even if they’re just any everyday civilian, owning their domain could be helpful when they search for employment or even try to start their own business.
In fact, I’m ashamed to admit that as an Internet Entrepreneur I hadn’t even considered registered the domains corresponding with my children’s names. That changed today as I registered them after reading this blog. There really isn’t a good reason why not to register the names. It’s a small investment that will payoff huge.
You can read the blog by Jenkin at this link.