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Pick your letters wiselyI’ve just spotted a good article in the New York Times bemoaning the way websites get named these days.

The article’s writer, David Pogue, reckons there’s a real lack of imagination. He puts it down to laziness:

“These days, startups take the lazy way out: they choose goofy-sounding nonsense words. They think they’re being clever by being unclever.

“These are all actual Web sites that have hit the Web in the last year or so: Doostang. Wufoo. Bliin. Thoof. Bebo. Meebo. Meemo. Kudit. Raketu. Etelos. Iyogi. Oyogi. Qoop. Fark. Kijiji. Zixxo. Zoogmo.”

I won’t pass judgement on any of those, but it has left me wondering how exactly you pronounce ‘Bliin’. Anyone?

It can be tricky to come up with a name that’s catchy and – crucially – still available. Although lots of decent domains have already been taken, the sheer number of permutations means that plenty of good ones are still to be claimed. You can use our domain search to see if the one you want is free.

How much trouble did you have finding a good domain name? Did you manage to get the one you really wanted, or did you have to compromise?

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  • Raketu Support

    The word Raketu (pronounce ra-ke-tu) is a declension form of the Czech word “rocket”. The sound of the word is also similar to pronunciation of the word “rocket” in Russian and Japanese. Please note that the word Raketu is NOT a mambo jumbo word. We chose this name not only because the visionary behind Raketu, G. Parker, is an astrophysicist, but also Raketu software will take communications and media the way we know it to another level.

    The Raketu Team

    December 8, 2007 at 5:38 pm
  • Martyn Breckenridge

    Bebo is actually an acronym for “blog early blog often”, so is not a “NONSENSE WORD” as you put it.

    Please get your facts right before posting

    December 11, 2007 at 12:38 am
  • John Taylor

    Doesn’t anyone else see the irony in the fact that the author of the article is named after an Irish rock band?

    December 11, 2007 at 10:30 am
  • John

    To the Raketu Team and Martyn- thanks for setting us straight. Hopefully the New York Times has a corrections page too!

    To John- given the time of year and the newspaper the story originally appeared in, that’s begging for some sort of ‘Fairytale of New York’ reference…

    December 11, 2007 at 11:43 am
  • Eric Berto

    Thanks for posting this link. I wanted to point out that Etelos has been around for almost nine years now.

    December 11, 2007 at 7:27 pm