I wonder how, in 20 years time, our children will belong to that same digital age we belong to. I guess its too early to preempt such a thing, in the same way that Bill Gates declared that you only need 640KB of RAM back then. But this is the age of information, and since the late 90’s to beyond, our online lives are chronicled and archived by the search engines into the vast series of tubes known as the Internet.
I wonder how our kids will react when they read our personal blogs, browse our Flickr pages and get into the nitty gritty dailies of their parents’ lives – the first few dates chronicled on blogs, the friends and colleagues they dealt with (our kids would have to contact “Uncle Jim” through their father’s Facebook page, listed as a business contact “worked together” back in 2007).
You know you’re a Web 2.0 baby when your parents decide to give you unique Google-able names. No more “John Smith” or “Pedro Santos.” I already have a formula: You’d probably get a more unique permutation of your first name as your family name gets more and more common.