Both Paul and I have things in progress we need to complete before we can stat collaborating on projects. Paul is working on some cool updates for DTD and I have to complete VectorTD for Wrigleys, but once we have done these 2 things it’s full steam ahead!
Our goal is to create an awesome casual gaming site with a social networking twist which we will use to host all our future games as well as some we have made already. The first step is selecting a name for this site, which is easy compared to finding a domain name which is not taken by a scraper site or similar!
It has been in the last 4 or 5 years that buying domain names has become a pain in the ass, everything you type in has already gone (.com mostly) The annoying thing is that these domains are been purchased in bulk by companies who’s only intention is to slap on a generic page with ads and leave it running for 2-5 years. Paul told me that these companies buy all expired domains on a trial basis, if they find they have reasonable traffic they buy them for a discounted price, if they do not they let them expire at no cost. So I think the people who sell domain names are to blame, and there should be laws preventing the bulk sale of domain names.
Rant over, so the only way to get a reasonably relevant .com name which is short and does not contain “-” or numbers is to make up a new word. My friend Avi did this with his site plime.com a word made up by combining plum and lime. Sites like digg.com and kongregate.com have miss-spelt words to secure a name on the web. So maybe this is the way we will be forced to go when it comes to naming our site.
Paul came over to my house a few days ago and we were chucking around words like “hive” and “collective”. We need something that means gaming, community, group and casual, but we are still stuck. Any suggestions welcome, please post your list of possible names as a comment :)