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Tomb
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Icon 5 posted February 20, 2007 01:53      Profile for Tomb     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Hello fellow geeks,

I'm working on a website that looks a lot like MySpace and Windows Spaces. Visitors with an account will be able to start a blog, upload photos, post on the forums, place comments, send private messages to others, make a list of friends, etc etc.

I've been working on this for 6 months now, and the codes are almost finished (I'm planning to upload everything at the end of this week), but there's only one small problem 'though...

The codename for this project when I was working on it was "eLife", but since that's a common name, all elife domain names are already registered.

Since I don't have to money to buy elife.com or elife.net, my little project needs a new name. I tried to make up a few ones, but I've been calling it eLife now for the past 6 months and I just can't get it out of my head, so I was wondering if there were some cool geeks here who had some good names in their mind. [Wink]

Feel free to post every name you can come up with, I really appreciate it [Big Grin]

~ Tomb

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What's your target demographic? Do you have a theme? The name should reflect this.

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Icon 1 posted February 20, 2007 02:15      Profile for Tomb     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
What do you mean? (I'm from Belgium and my English isn't that great so...) [Razz]

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What ages, jobs, genre, likings is the site focused in? Always social sites tend to favour a determinate group.

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Icon 1 posted February 20, 2007 07:25      Profile for Tomb     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Most users will probably be 15 - 40 years old, but I don't want to focus on just one group of people, almost anyone is welcome and can create an account as long as they don't abuse it.

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quote:
Originally posted by Tomb:
The codename for this project when I was working on it was "eLife", but since that's a common name, all elife domain names are already registered.

How 'bout gawdineedalife.com

I don't get the whole 'on line diary' and the 'look-at-my-cat-pictures' shite. Plus, it gets in the way of the real purpose for the internet tubes; porn.

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quote:
Originally posted by Cap'n Vic:
quote:
Originally posted by Tomb:
The codename for this project when I was working on it was "eLife", but since that's a common name, all elife domain names are already registered.

How 'bout gawdineedalife.com

I don't get the whole 'on line diary' and the 'look-at-my-cat-pictures' shite. Plus, it gets in the way of the real purpose for the internet tubes; porn.

Amen. myspace and livejournal are giant fucking circle jerks that give voices to whiny little shits.
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Icon 1 posted February 20, 2007 09:54      Profile for WinterSolstice     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Yeah, it's kinda like that whole "posting things anonymously to some random forum" crap. I mean seriously, get some real friends. [Wink]

To each their own, dude. My journal and my friends' journals are places where we can keep track of what's going on even though we don't get to talk as much (moved, etc). It's like when you used to send letters around to your whole damn family talking about what's going on.

There are obvious exceptions, of course, but the best part of the internet is that you can choose if you want to visit that page or not. Not like television, where content is controlled by remote sources and you're stuck with it.

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Richard Wolf VI
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socialized.com

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MyCircleJerkSpace.com is currently unregistered...

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Icon 1 posted February 20, 2007 12:04      Profile for Ugh, MightyClub     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
So is HearMeWhine.com [Smile]

But that is not very helpful to Tomb. Somewhat rude, even.

All the real ideas I could cook up in five minutes or so were already taken. You might be best off making up some new word, or using a word that has nothing to do with social networking. If you can build a buzz it won't matter what the site is called, as long as it's no more than a few syllables.

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Icon 1 posted February 20, 2007 12:48      Profile for The Famous Druid     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
How about sleazypickupjoint.com ?

onlinestalkersRus.com is available.

Sorry, shouldn't be so cynical, but these social networking sites have been getting some bad press recently.

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Icon 1 posted February 20, 2007 12:57      Profile for Stereo     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Or use a French (or Flamand) word. You could anglicize it if you want to. "BienvenueChezVous.com" is available, for example, as is "votree.com" (as in "votre espace"). Another way to find an available name would be to deliberately mispell something.

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quote:
Originally posted by Stereo:
...deliberately mispell something.

Now, was that deliberate? I suppose it probably was, but it would have been cool if it wasn't. [Wink]
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Taking a cue from an interesting paper on just how people project themselves into "cyberspace" perhaps (assuming they are not taken or already squatted on) you should think along the lines of theonlineme or myonlineself or variants on that theme?

Alternatively think a bit wider and remember that a few years back google meant nothing and twitter was what birds did...

As already mentioned if you can find a catchy subtitle and generate a buzz on the web about your concept you could call it "wibblepoint.com or .net or whatever and become huge... of course if you are just trying to emulate the myspace phenomenon you are too late, way way too late - sorry!

PS My friend wanted (heavens knows why) to take the domain "covered in bees" - too late, all versions are gone (??? why?) Anyway in desperation he took "covered in peas" Why? I can't say - then again this is a man who wanted to start an online religion called the "ignoratii" and even held the "theingoratii.co.uk" name for a while as I recall... it never caught on (as if you didn't know)
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Or a meaningless word... It worked for ubuntu.
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An obscure meaning word...
The distro incluided videos about the meaning of ubuntu.

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quote:
Originally posted by iWanToUseaMac:
Or a meaningless word... It worked for ubuntu.

Actually (From Wikipedia (can't link as UBB doesn't seem to allow parenthesis in urls [Mad] )
"The name of the distribution comes from the Zulu and Xhosa concept of ubuntu, which means "humanity towards others". Ubuntu’s slogan – “Linux for Human Beings”, encapsulates one of its main goals – making Linux more available and easy to use. "

Just because it's obscure to us, doesn't mean it is meaningless [Wink]

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Icon 1 posted February 20, 2007 19:43      Profile for MacManKrisK     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Ubuntu (ideology) - from Wikipedia

There are many more rough translations provided by Wikipedia.
  • "Humanity towards others"
  • "I am because we are"
  • "I am what I am because of what we all are"
  • "A person 'becomes human' through other persons"
  • "A person is a person because of other persons"
A popular definition of ubuntu is, "the belief in a universal bond of sharing that connects all humanity."

As is almost always the case when trying to express a philosophical ideal in language, these all seem to fall short of what the original word intends. I recommend reading the wiki article...

PS: Dragon34, you may be interested in Snipurl.com

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Thanks MacManKrisK,
I have used tinyurl many times (didn't know about snipurl) but for some reason, it did not occur to me to use it to strip out parenthesis..
I'm going to chalk that one up to not drinking nearly enough caffeine yesterday [Smile]

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quote:
Originally posted by dragon34:
Thanks MacManKrisK,
I have used tinyurl many times (didn't know about snipurl) but for some reason, it did not occur to me to use it to strip out parenthesis..
I'm going to chalk that one up to not drinking nearly enough caffeine yesterday [Smile]

snipurl is good for more reasons...like being able to name your URLs. [Smile]

A few of mine: snipurl.com/gcdaily /gc_rss1 ... and one of my faves snipurl.com/research_tool [Big Grin] (oh, and /tech_search - but I reserve that as a cluestick)

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ugh, not bloody SnipURL :P

I like to see where a URL is going before I open it (saves a lot of time, for one). SnipURL defeats this, and virtually validates the abuse of URLs (like MediaWiki's abominable fragment identifiers).

It's damn well time we tied up Snaggy and made him fix UBB's parser.

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uilleann wrote:
I like to see where a URL is going before I open it (saves a lot of time, for one). SnipURL defeats this, and virtually validates the abuse of URLs (like MediaWiki's abominable fragment identifiers).

So encourage others to use TinyURL.com which includes a preview feature to address that very problem.

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quote:
Originally posted by Steen:
uilleann wrote:
I like to see where a URL is going before I open it (saves a lot of time, for one). SnipURL defeats this, and virtually validates the abuse of URLs (like MediaWiki's abominable fragment identifiers).

So encourage others to use TinyURL.com which includes a preview feature to address that very problem.

Yeesh...that uses cookies - so it requires a visit anytime you're on a diff. computer. Besides, I've perfected the 'put one hand in front of eyes and the other on Ctrl/Cmd-W' technique. [Wink] (That, or I just cURL the page. =P)

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I'm not afraid of anything nasty. There's a lot of CPU time required to open a URL, and then hitting the tab with a hammer until it closes (Firefox 2 has a bad habit of refusing to close tabs). Plus, once I close the tab I have to get back to where I was, which can be several tabs along. FLST will take care of this, but it's sporadic and broken in Firefox 2 and seemed to exacerbate the tabs-won't-close bug.

Damn sight easier to know what a link does by shoving the mouse cursor over it.

There is simply no excuse for UBB disallowing valid URLs. If I was able to go in and fix UBB, I would. (I am not sure if it's possible, but I assume that none of it is compiled or encrypted?) Fixing the search might be pushing it a bit for me, though ;)

phpBB's admin abilities are crap, but the forum where this is a problem, the admin is quite happy to have me go in and rewrite phpBB so that it's useful. I'm rather pleased that I've been able to streamline phpBB and it's working well. (Although this does screw up updating it, and for that I still curse phpBB -- I might have to make my changes easymod compliant, as long as that allows for replacing existing code)

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