What's in a name? Some MX records, email headers, cat pictures.
July 28, 2010 7:04 PM Subscribe
I need a better domain name for personal and professional email, and perhaps as a landing page for people to find me on the internet. The problem is that I have an extremely generic name and all the usual suspects are taken. Please suggest or help me find something distinct and foolproof for email.
posted by cgomez to Writing & Language (42 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Currently, I have two email accounts. One personal and one through the university I graduated from and I believe will become a forward only type deal in a year or so. Personal email is firstname.lastname@example.org. The problem is that while it's a bit fun and definitely unique, it's hard to get the spelling right over the phone and isn't the most professional.
Gmail and almost all email providers have all conceivable permutations of my name in use. So I'll use Google Apps with a new domain.
I've wanted to have a domain name that would serve as a little "this is me" page that links to my social stuffs, perhaps a resumé and things I've worked on. But, my name is very generic. A character actor whose claim to fame is a cameo on '24' has the firstnamelastname.com for me, and there's a MLB player on the Minnesota Twins that takes up the first three pages of Google results for the name.
1) Create a somewhat unique but easy mail domain. The ideas I've been thinking of are of course taken, but can serve as a guide for what I'm looking for. I'd like to stick to .com or .me.
These are available...
2) Try to find a domain name that is more personal (although those choices are limited without choosing some weird TLD or adding hyphens).
I'd appreciate any practical guidance or anecdotes, as well as suggestions for domains that fit into either category. Any additional info that would be useful is probably in my profile or you can MeMail me.
The first options leads to a domain anyone can use so if the hivemind comes up with a great one and someone wants an email address there, you're welcome to it for life.