How does one now-a-days enter the digital age for the first time. For me, it all started with dial-up modems, BBS and Prodigy. A got my first email address from Earthlink and registered a domain name for my astronomy club. Time progressed, Hotmail came out then Yahoo, then Google and Facebook. Now I have at least 5 email addresses.
Yet what would you do if you needed to start in on the Internet now? This is the question I face with my mom who has not owned a computer and has now received a Kindle Fire for her birthday. In order to get the most from her Kindle or even register it, you need to have a footprint in the digital turf.
I started by creating a Gmail email account for my mom. Interestingly, Google has a field for secondary email address which does not make sense coming from the prospective of first starting an email account. Next, I created a Facebook account for my mom whereby FB needs an active email account.
The next step will be to register my mom’s new Kindle and create an Amazon account. I don’t know if it will require a payment option or not. That is a delicate subject because to go from no Internet footprint to registering a credit card in an account is a big step.