Social media sometimes feels like the wild, wild west. For one girl, the lack of rules setting the precedent for social media cost her an Instagram account. Chanel is a girl from Canada who was an early adopter of the photo based social network, instagram. When the brand Chanel wanted to use the social network in 2014, the Canadian Chanel got her account, which had 40,000 followers and which she had started in 2011 snatched out from under her. Now @Chanel on Instagram is actually an empty account, with @chanelofficial being the real account of the fashion brand, which has more than 9 million followers.
It’s likely that Chanel the brand reached out to Instagram, and had Chanel the person’s account revoked simply because it might cause some brand confusion. Chanel has done this in the past with a salon owner of the same name, who named her salon, Chanel’s Salon. Chanel the brand sued Chanel the hair dresser and she had to change the name of her salon. So it seems, by naming your kids names of already established businesses, you are not only hurting their ability to ever come up in a Google search (or maybe you are helping them stay anonymous?), but you are also preventing them from having social media accounts that use their name, and even having businesses in the real brick and mortar world that have their name in it.
Would this knowledge affect how you would name your kids?
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