Brain Clutter

December 19, 2006

Parked Domains – me hates ’em!

Filed under: business, life, personal, social networking, web — brainclutter @ 10:09 am

Argh, nothing is more frustrating for a legitimate web developer than searching for domains to register and finding that every single one of your “totally unique and awesome brand ideas” is taken… by a domain parker! I realize people want to make a quick buck by doing absolutely nothing – it’s the western dream – but it’s just so lame for anyone who actually has a good idea based around a particular domain name. I actually spend a good chunk of time on GoDaddy.com checking to see if my ideas are already taken, which of course they usually are.

This has lead to much domain diversity and creativity – I’ll admit – but it’s just weird to see names like del.icio.us, bebo, and orkut. These domains have absolutely nothing to do with the content on their site, and while they are very trendy and “web 2.0,” I don’t really think they’re intuitive for the user.  I guess this is the Ikea strategy of giving your products/services catchy but random and nonsensical names. There’s even a rumour floating around that Nintendo bought Wii.com from some random parker for between $200,000.00 to $600,000.00?

Maybe I’m wrong in thinking a domain/brand name is actually that important.  You can’t argue with the success of the above-metioned companies and it would appear their brand isn’t having a negative impact on their success. Maybe I should take a page from their book and come up with a catchy name for myself…

Hmmm… a social recipe site named ButterClutter… a dating service called JaneOnTheBrainFuzzopi, the coolest new travel planning site.

Feel free to steal any of those and don’t forget to park ’em!

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1 Comment »

  1. AGREE, i think that an owner of a domain SHOULD demenstrate actual use of the domain inorder to keep it!. Other than that, you get what we have now adays. a whole bunch of “GIVE ME IT, ITS MINE” weenies claiming things that SHOULD NOT BELONG TO THEM just because they had no date to spend that $8.50 on on a saturday night.

    Comment by mozey — December 19, 2006 @ 4:49 pm


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