The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

3 April 2006

All the good ones are taken

Another one of my alone-again-naturally whines? Nope. This is from a pragmatist, Dennis Forbes of Pragmatic Software Development, and here's the sad story:

Now you just need to find the perfect domain name ... at (and, in true new-economy fashion, you'll base your corporate name upon whatever available domain name you find ... PILLAGEANDPLUNDR Corporation).

You pull up GoDaddy and start punching in clever names, along with their many variations, only to find that they're all seemingly taken.

"This can't be!" you cry. "Has every possibility already been registered?"

Just about, says Forbes:

Given that there are approximately 50 million .COM domains registered, it is indeed true that the low-hanging fruit domain names are overwhelmingly taken, and your chances of lucking upon an unnoticed available three-letter acronym (TLA) are close to zero, and your only recourse would be to haggle with domain speculators.

Of course, if you're willing to go for a long and inscrutable domain name, you're allowed up to 63 characters, as reflected by, um, DIDYOUKNOWTHATYOUCANONLYHAVESIXTY-
THREECHARACTERSINADOMAIN-NAME.com.

Disclosure: I own four domains, three .COM and one .NET.

(Via Lifehacker.)

Posted at 11:21 AM to PEBKAC


Curses. I'll have to get two more to surpass you.

Posted by: McGehee at 8:22 AM on 4 April 2006

Two more domains, not two more comments...

Posted by: McGehee at 8:23 AM on 4 April 2006

Well, if you're willing to settle for somethingthatlookslikeabadScrabblerack.com, it shouldn't cost you much.

Posted by: CGHill at 10:49 AM on 4 April 2006