It turns out, as many of us have known but not really focused on, that you can ask TinyURL.com to give you a custom url if it is not otherwise taken. We know what has happened with full URLS, and we know (according to their management) that TinyURLs never expire. Since a custom tinyURL is easier to remember (it is easier to remember that my blog is at http://www.tinyurl.com/JLBlog than it is to remember that it is at http://www.tinyurl.com/cqla8s
Thus, I predict, with some confidence that having a custom URL will become valued, and then scarce, and then valuable.
Not wanting to being either left out or piggish, I’ve scoffed up a few I’d like to have before the (self-fulfilling prophesy induced?) rush:
http://www.tinyurl.com/JLBlog – links to my blog
http://www.tinyurl.com/VideoWiki – links to the entry point on my new project on VideoWickis
http://www.tinyurl.com/JLBooks – links to my reading list
http://www.tinyurl.com/JLReviews – links to my reviews page
There Ain’t Nothin’ Like A Domain
Lots of things in life are beautiful, but brother,
There is one particular thing that is nothin’ whatsoever
In any way, shape or form like any other.
There is nothin’ like a domain,
Nothin’ in the world,
There is nothin’ you can name
That is anythin’ like a domain!
— South Pacific (more or less)
On a somewhat related note, GoDaddy.com has some incredibly inexpensive domains if you are willing to settle for funky extensions like .info or if you don’t watch carefully as they assemble your shopping cart!
Thus, I bought up http://www.ExampleCodeQuality.info (which links to the page explaining the idea) and which points to the first page in the new VideoWiki project.