August 3, 2010 Leave a comment
I was sitting there today, aimlessly working, 14 windows open on my desktop, juggling a phone call and some people in my office, when I noticed the little status bubble on my Gmail change from orange to green. This meant someone came online on my g-chat. It was my son, Carter. He will be 8 in 2 weeks.
About 4 years ago, I created his Gmail account, he had microscopic understanding of what email was and I wasn’t entirely expecting he would use the email account anytime soon. These days, he chats on g-chat and emails his family. They’re short messages, but he has a firm understanding of what email is, as well as g-chat (including video-chat).
The innocuous change in status made me think, I snatched up his Gmail handle, should I snatch anything else up? Twitter handle? Facebook handle? Youtube channel – for all the nonsense he’ll probably post one day of his teenage stupidity? Some other micro-social network that is up and coming that may or may not blossom into anything but a lost tweet? A flavors.me page?
I opted not to hoard social presences, for the time being. Who knows what platforms will be around once he fully embraces social content in the form you and I consume right now. I leave it to him to add a 0135 or other random string of digits for when he decides he needs to participate.