06/19/2012 05:16 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

eWise: Claiming Baby's Domain Name, Friending Coworkers


I’m a few months pregnant, and my husband and I are debating baby names. We’ve narrowed it down to a few, and he brought up the idea of reserving domain names and email addresses. Is this crazy, or is it something people do these days?
- Baffled mom, Brooklyn

It’s both! People do crazy things in large numbers, especially when it comes to their babies. Remember that Time cover? Breast-feeding your preschooler is a thing.

If your kid is special enough to need his own website, he will have the resourcefulness needed to claim a URL with the right name for his professional or creative needs. By the time he’s old enough to build a useful site, URL naming conventions and searchability parameters will surely have changed, anyway. Or you could just name your child based on what URL is available — just make sure you give her a normal middle name in case she doesn’t want to go by Henrietta-Rose or an equally free name.
Same with email addresses. Choosing a handle that prevents you from getting hired for any job is a rite of adolescence, and transitioning to something resembling your name a sign of maturity. Best to let your kid navigate these stages in her own good time.

I don’t Facebook friend people from work because I frequently bitch about my job to my select group of friends. But when higher-ups send you a friend request, what do you do? I think it’s creepy, but how do you decline politely? (Besides not having any interest in their personal lives, I find it weird that they want to know about mine.)
—WTF, N.J.

Unless the prospect of your coworkers simply showing up in your friend list is troubling, you can be friends without ever being reminded of the person’s existence. Next time a photo of the person’s breakfast sandwich appears in your newsfeed, click the arrow to the right of his name and select “unsubscribe.”

If you haven’t created a limited profile yet, it’s a good idea to have one of these — not just for coworkers but for the friends of exes, weird cousins and people you last saw in high school. Do you really want these people scrolling through photos of your children before they go to bed?

You can also just leave the friend request in purgatory and hope they forget about it, but in the scheme of keeping the peace with coworkers, accepting a friend request is pretty painless.

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This story originally appeared in our weekly iPad magazine, Huffington, in the iTunes App store.