Do you own your domain name – e.g. www.yourname.com?
I’m not sure what to make of it but owning your domain name seems to becoming a mini-trend, particularly if you have an online brand you want to nurture and/or protect.
A case in point is well known social media consultant Shel Israel, who had shelisrael.com registered by arch-nemesis Loren Feldman, who has been making a series of funny/nasty videos featuring Shel Israel (a naked puppet) interviewing people and other puppets.
Needless to say, Shel Israel (the social networking consultant) is livid at Feldman for taking his domain name. For his part, Feldman – the blogosphere’s agent provocateur – has no interest in selling or giving shelisrael.com to Israel.
Meanwhile, Paul Kedrosky, prolific blogger and venture capitalist, recently mentioned his interest in acquiring paulkedrosky.com from another Paul Kedrosky.
Sadly, I don’t own markevans.com. A certain Mark Evans in Texas owns it, although he doesn’t seem to be doing anything with it. I do, however, own markevans.ca, which is just fine, although I’d happily take markevans.com off Mark’s hands.
Update: Just out of curiosity, I checked to see if mark.com was available. It’s not but it’s a splog – sad.
More: Any discussion about being the master of your domain would be incomplete without a hat tip to Seinfeld.