Saturday, February 9, 2008

Jennifur: An Internet Baby



"Creating Baby Names, one domain at a time."

From Jennifur.com

Question: What's the difference between a $xx,xxx domain and a $x domain?

Answer: one letter "e" morphed into "u."

It's no secret: I would love to own Jennifer.com, but unless I come into a large windfall and a willing seller, that will never happen. Moreover, the .dot-tv people are holding Jennifer.tv ransom for $500.00 a year. I would be willing to pay a one-time fee of $500.00, but I can't see paying that much yearly for what is basically a vanity domain. So I have made compromises. A few months ago, I regged jennifers.tv and Jennifer.tc.

I have also regged some typos of Jennifer, including Jennifir.com and Jennifr.com

Thanks to my parents, I'm fortunate in that I have a great first name that I love. Unfortunately, during the early 1970s, millions of parents also named their daughters "Jennifer," resulting in an annoying glut of rugrat Jennifers who eventually grew up and are now in their mid to late 30's and making their mark in the world.

And then there's Jennifer Lopez, Aniston, Garner, Love-Hewitt, etc., so the Jennifer domain, in all TLD's is highly prized and priced.

So, as they say, "Get over it."

Back in August, I stumbled upon this article; some domain-savvy parents are selecting names based solely on domain availability. Being somewhat new at this domain game, I thought it was an amazing concept, for when I was growing up, parents wanted to name their children after parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, etc. and/or a name that they liked.

But in an odd sort of way, wanting to give one's unborn child a solid web presence is a form of legacy and an act of love--we all want the best for our children, and the gift of a personalized domain is especially important these days and will probably be extremely important in the next 20-30 years and beyond.

Basically, if you don't have a web presence, you don't exist.

One hundred years from now, domain names may be passed down from one generation to the next, so JohnQDoe.com might be willed from father to son or grandfather to grandson. More young women with personalized domains might decide to hang onto their birth names after they marry, and, perhaps, even pass their birth names (and domains) to their daughters and granddaughters.

It's definitely a brave new world.

For the past few weeks, I have been kicking around the idea of writing an internet story or novella about a child who has been named "Jennifur" because the first-name dot-com domain was available (and, as of this morning, it was available, but is no longer).

I have written Chapter 1; you can see for yourself at Jennifur.com.

So now you know the full answer to the question posed at the beginning of this post:

Jennifer.com = $xx,xxx

Jennifur.com = $x

But perhaps my minor creative endeavors will help to build traffic for Jennifur.com.

In any case, it will be a fun and interesting experiment in domain-building.

4 comments:

  1. Red Pencil some of the letter from the sister and you've got a pretty good stand alone first chapter there.

    The final line "is it too late to change the birth certificate" is a good one. But what do I know, your the teacher.


    Keep Smiling!

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  2. Oh, no!!!! I made a mistake - your should be you're - shame on me!!

    Now you can laugh a little. Hee Hee.

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  3. Yeah, I tend to overwrite in my first drafts.

    ;)

    My memoir (which I just finished) started out 700+ pages, cut to 415.

    I'll be revising offline.

    Thanks for the comments!

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  4. No worries, Spambait.

    I'm just thrilled that anyone is paying attention.

    I would never laugh at someone for a little (or big) mistake.

    I have made my own whoppers.

    Thanks!

    Ms Domainer

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Word verification has been enabled to circumvent spammers, not to censor bona fide posts. ;=)

I welcome your comments!

Ms Domainer

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