Something happens to your brain with technology. It’s as if it’s been waiting for millennia, for thousands of generations, to have the chance to do as much as the internet allows you to do. The upside to digital innovations is that someone can now start a colossal company from their mother’s basement. The downside is that you’re supposed to start a colossal company from your mother’s basement.
There should be a business version of “stop and smell the roses” that goes something like “pause right now and talk to your customers.” Whenever we do we learn a lot, and Adam is no exception. We were excited enough to hear that a namer had won the Verisign .COM domain contest–well, he’s a semifinalist, but he has a check for five grand on the way–yet we were blown away that this is a guy behind the Singing Dogs because, for reals, he plays the saxophone and his dogs sing along. No, really, check out the video above.
Let’s talk about “Obamacare.” Not the broad, sweeping health insurance program in general, but the word itself. It was originally meant to be derisive, painting the Affordable Care Act as the result of overreaching Executive power. At one point a Democratic Congresswoman objected to its use on Capitol Hill. But then something happened: it gradually took on a whole new life as a universal and sometimes affectionate term for the medical overhaul. The hashtag #ILikeObamacare trended when the bill was challenged in Supreme Court, and President Obama even started using it in his own speeches.
This is a classic example of one side making the best of an attack. They completely redefined it, and now they don’t need to get a .SUCKS.
A new month is upon us, which means the marketing team at name.com was tasked with coming up with a new promo code for April. For some reason, we struggled to conjure what that magical price-dropping word should be. After much deliberation (and noodling), we decided that the April promo code shall be…
Apple recently announced their new programming language, Swift, at the annual Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco. We think the language is pretty neat looking and it made us very curious about how the announcement of the new language may have triggered a flood of sales of domains containing the word “swift.”
We’ve had a cool new product cooking in our developer oven that you’ve all been requesting for a while … email! We’re finally launching a fantastic email product that lets you have personalized, secure, and reliable email on your own domain. That means you can have email@example.com. It’s your domain and your inbox, together at last.
Email that says who you are, available everywhere.
Email is a very important part of your business. When your address says who you are, every message you send out is a marketing message that amplifies your business and increases your level of professionalism. And, because you’re always on call when your business is growing, we’ve made sure all of your devices can have your email synced to them. You can check your email from your desktop, laptop, tablet, and phone, meaning that you could be sitting in your office or standing on a beach and still make sure that your business is running smoothly.
In addition to having your own personalized email at any domain in your name.com account, you’ll also have a great address book, calendar, message translator, and inbox organizer.
That’s all we’re sharing about our new email product for now. You can find out more when it launches tomorrow.
As we’ve discussed before, there are a ton a great uses for .TV domains. The most obvious is having a .TV domain as the primary address for your site. That’s an awesome approach if you want to brand your site as video-focused. .TV is also great when used in conjunction with URL forwarding, as it allows you to create an easy-to-remember URL for the video section of an existing site, a YouTube channel, or even a one-off video that you want to share (like our new crazychild.tv video).
Another awesome thing about .TV domains? You can get them at name.com for $10.99. That’s crazy cheap, and it’s for a limited time only. Check out this list of successful sites making great use of a .TV domain, and then get your search on.
When you purchase a domain name from name.com you’re given the option to add Whois Privacy for $3.99 (for one year). What exactly is Whois Privacy?
First, let me explain the WHOIS (pronounced “Who Is”) database. It’s a list of every domain registered in the world. Whenever a domain is registered, the person buying the domain has to provide personal information, such as a name, phone number, and address, as required by ICANN. That information goes into the Whois database. The database is searchable, so if you own a domain and someone looks up that domain in the Whois database, they can see your personal information.
But not if you have Whois Privacy protection.
When you purchase Whois Privacy, we replace your personal information in the Whois directory with contact information that directs back to name.com. If someone wants to contact you about a domain—regardless of whether it’s a legitimate inquiry—they have to contact name.com first. Here’s an idea of what your Whois information looks like with and without Whois Privacy:
This is Part 3 in a series of posts about building a WordPress website using name.com’s products and account management features. Previously, we purchased a domain name and created a RapidPress website.
Bearglecorn has expressed interest in creating video tutorials and webisodes. He doesn’t even have a video camera or a YouTube account, but what the client wants, the client gets. I’ll create a video section on his website, but to really give his video content a boost I’m going to set him up with a .TV domain name.
.TV domains are a great way to brand your video content, and with URL forwarding, I can purchase a .TV domain and have it redirect to the video section of bearglecorn.com. bearglecorn.tv will be a lot easier for people to remember than bearglecorn.com/randomlygeneratedwordpressurl. Best of all …
New TLD, new dots, nTLDs – Whatever you call them, they’re about to seriously redefine the way we use the Internet, think up domain names, and navigate the Web. Which has us thinking a lot about the future – in ten years, will there be so many domain name options our heads will explode? Perhaps so.
In honor of the future new TLDs, coming very soon to a computer near you, we watched futuristic sci-fi movies all weekend, and although we’re no closer to actually being able to predict the future of the Internet, we’re sure these five predictions, based on the movies we’ve been watching, are dead-on. We’re pretty busy and important (we’re sure you can tell), so we’re hoping you’ll make these predictions happen. We even helped out with possible e-com ideas and related new TLD domain names you’ll be able to purchase soon. Thank us later, and don’t forget your Grey’s Sports Almanac!
Fax Machines in Yo’ Closet.
So you thought fax machines were out? Wrong. Back to the Future II, set in 2015, predicted fax machines in closets, and we think it’s crazy enough to work. Texts? So yesterday. Nothing says, “I love you” like a creepy, early morning fax straight to the very closet your new bf is currently browsing. Getting ready for work has never been so unsettling. Now that’s romance.
How to make it happen: Launch a kick-starter and an informative site, to raise venture capital.
Possible new TLD domain name: closetfax.win
Personal Tiny Crossbows and Fashionable Chain-mail Will Be Hot Next Fall.
So hot, in fact, that you’ll need to go pants-less and gel your hair up just to make it through the day without suffering heat exhaustion. The crossbow not only says, “I’m too cool for school,” it also provides easily transportable personal protection in the mean streets of whatever city you’re living in. You’ll be daring people to mug you with your iCrossbow Mini.
How to make it happen: Design it yourself and create a meme of you, dressed in your new chain-mail, holding a crossbow, posed like the famous Mad Max Tina Turner poster, with the words “You only need this hero.” Start posting the meme everywhere. Then offer an e-shop to sell your ware. Profit.
Possible new TLD domain name: chainsandcrossbows.fashion
Eye Scanning Lie Detectors– Wait for it – On Your Android!
Blade Runner’s depiction of 2019 is not exactly what we’d like to see happen in the next six years. Crazy homicidal robots, darkness, dystopia, weird food? No thanks. But there is one thing we’ll take – the eye scanner lie detector. Totally useful for interviewing prospective employees, acing first dates, and raising honest children. A friend tells you a story you hardly believe? Whip out your lie detector eye scanner app, on your Android, and catch them in the act. You’ll be the most popular kid around.
How to make it happen: Design your lie detector app and come up with a crazy compilation of cat videos, in which one cat uses your app on another. Meow, that’s a genius marketing plan.
Possible new TLD domain name: catchaliar.app — (CATchaliar.app, perhaps?)
Toilet Paper is for Losers. Use Seashells!
Let’s face it. There’s nothing green about using toilet paper. You’re literally wiping your ass with nature. Cut it out, already. Demolition Man’s version of 2032 was toilet paper-less. Be the envy of all your hipster friends by figuring out how to wipe with seashells. Once you figure it out, let us know. We tried this morning, and only clogged up our toilets and caused serious “tissue” damage. HEEEEEEYYYOOOO.
Make it happen: Spend countless hours in pain and misery and then figure this out. Or don’t, and just sell seashells in a box to hapless hipsters and sci-fi fans.
Possible new TLD domain name: seashellsfortp.expert
Gap Will Know What Tanktops You Like.
It’s not cool to shop at Gap. We’re not sure why, but we do know there’s a reason they leave their brand label off of the t-shirts – so you won’t have to tell anyone you shop there. If Minority Report is right, though, and we think it is, Gap not only knows you shop there, but will soon have virtual personal greeters who will shout your last purchase out to the mall world around you. Out with your friends, at the mall, casually chillin’? Better avoid Gap in 2054, because it will sell you out to all your homies.
Make it happen: Please don’t make this happen. In fact, do everything to make sure it doesn’t.
Possible New TLD domain name: notanktopsatgap.ninja
For more info about new TLDs, or to watch your favorites, check out our new TLD page.