Even before she was born, Pooja became a netizen. Her parents — a creative designer mother and a tax consultant father based in Delhi — started a baby blog in the early months of pregnancy and shared the details of her progress with friends and family. When she was born in January, the couple bought a domain in her name.
Amun Chawla is a grade I student in Ontario who is beginning to learn using the Internet. But he has had a website of his own since he was 10 months old. Papa Bobby Chawla, a software engineer, ensured Amun had a website (www.amun.ca) for a future digital presence.
Chawla says, “The domain name for our surname was taken in less than four hours from the time the rules for owning the .ca domain changed, but Amun’s name was still available. So we grabbed it. He can decide what he wants to do it when he grows up.”
Dhirender Nirwani, whose website www.wildblueskies.com records online culture, says, “More and more people are getting domain names for their kids.”
The reducing cost has also added to the rush. You can get 200 GB space for $125 (around Rs 5,000) for one year. A domain name costs Rs 400 to Rs 800 a year. Nirwani says, “Some parents worry that the name of choice might not be available by the time their babies become teens or adults, just as someone claimed the .com for Britney Spears’s 11-month-old son before she could.”