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Re: What's in a (domain) name...

  • Subject: Re: What's in a (domain) name...
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 13 Feb 2006 06:52:16 +0000
  • Newsgroups: alt.www.webmaster
  • Organization: schestowitz.com / MCC / Manchester University
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__/ [Who Turned Off The Lights?] on Monday 13 February 2006 06:03 \__

> John Bokma wrote:
>> Today I checked out a portfolio by a guy who's a programmer, and
>> noticed a link to a site he did, then I noticed the domain name...
>> http://www.cyclitness.com/
>> Ok, it sound like fun, glueing two words together to make up a new
>> one, but uhm... some people shouldn't do this...

I would never be inclined to criticise that domain name choice. I thought
that del.icio.us was quite a funky name. I think such choices make a
particular term very memorable, unique, and easy to track(back).

If you ever want to isolate your identity and find back-citations, this is an
excellent tactic. As my surname is extremely rare, merely any search results
relates to me or my site, which isolates 'noise' and can be quite useful. I
can use Technorati to track that term of even syndicate MSN and Google
search results for the term and a few variations. The same applies to meta
search engines like gada.be. Trust me, it can be highly beneficial. Making
up new words lead to diversity, which in turns leads to separability. Common
names are one among the reasons why a Government (*cough* Blair) wants to
assign numbers to people.

> John, did you mean some people shouldn't do this?
> Or, some words just shouldn't be glued together?
> If the latter then I agree in this case. by itself, I had only an inkling
> as to what the site was about and I'd be apt to not remember it so quickly.
> Just checked and there's another site with both words spelled out. A person
> could do more homework beforehand so's to choose a more snappy original
> domain name....ya think?

I think that many Webmasters choose their domain names in haste. At some
point, when the site grows beyond expections, it is too late to permanently
change things.


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