Becoming Mrs. Social Media

Thursday, 24 March 2011

I’m a pretty newfangled girl in a lot of ways. My husband, who’s a few years older, calls me a “digital native.” I think that has something to do with the fact that my first AIM screen name pre-dates my first kiss. But when it came to getting married, I went traditional in a lot of ways. (Minus the Twitter mentions in the vows and Foursquare check-in for the ceremony, of course.)

To Have and To Hold, Online and Off

But there was never any question in my mind that I wanted to take my husband’s name. It wasn’t so much that I liked the name. It was his, and now ours. Since I was little I always assumed I would be a Mrs., like my mom. And while it’s becoming more and more common to keep your maiden name, at least professionally, I never considered it. Even with all the online equity I had in my old name, I wanted to do this the traditional way.

The internet helped in a lot of ways. (Check out MissNowMrs if you’re looking to change your name. Huge help.) But it also threw me a few curveballs. How can it be easier to stand in line at the RMV then get a new profile URL? And if I was getting this frustrated changing my name for a happy occasion, imagine if it was a more bittersweet moment?

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