Should we get our newborns Twitter or Facebook accounts? (by @jkhowland)

My daughter has a Twitter account I recently created. She’s only 8 months old, so it’s debateable whether the account is for her or for me.

At 8 months old, she won’t need an account for a very long time. Everyone I talk to says that Facebook and Twitter won’t even be around when she’s old enough to use them. Let me lay out my thoughts:

Posting for infants

There is an age range where posting for the children can be comedic, or simply cute. Then again, maybe it’s just a geek thing.

Marco Arment, the creator of Instapaper just celebrated the birth of his firstborn, Adam Arment. How do I know his hame? Because Adam posted a picture of himself at 21 minutes old.

Darrel Rovell announced his daughter had a Twitter account of her own, and she was quick to make friends:

Over at Mom365, Susie Ochs posts for her little boy on Twitter:

She explained why she posts to Twitter for her baby boy.

He’s on Twitter for me. I tweet his little milestones, the things I want to remember but might get lost in my notoriously hazy memory. Every tweet is time-stamped, and it’s easy to include a picture, or even a video. It keeps the few special people who follow my son’s account informed as to what he’s up to. It’s sort of like a little electronic baby book without the fuss or time commitment of creating and updating a blog.

It’s not to save the username

I never had the thought was to save a username for her. I did create an email account with her name – which was only worthwhile if I could get her actual name.

I don’t know what her preferred nickname will be once she’s old enough to use The Twitter – I’m not going to try to guess. Don’t waste your time trying to snag the perfect handle for them.

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Joshua Howland

Joshua is a mobile application developer, entrepreneur, and technology enthusiast. His favorite posts are comparing companies and products. He’s pretty good at predicting what Apple has up its sleeves too. He loves sports and business and talks about them (along with tech) on Twitter (@jkhowland).

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