So you missed the big land grab of the 90’s when all of the good .com address were snapped up? Don’t fret – there’s a new frontier, and you (may) still have time to get some great names.
The place to claim your name, your brand, your site, etc. is MySpace. The way your name is represented on MySpace is like so: www.myspace.com/yourname
Why MySpace? Well, that’s where the masses are going. According to Alexa, MySpace is one of the top sites, right behind Google, MSN and Yahoo.
If you check the list at WordTracker for the most frequently searched keywords in the search engines, you’ll see multiple iterations of MySpace in the top 20 searches.
And if you think it’s a passing trend, consider that Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp purchased Intermix Media, owner of MySpace, for $580 million in 2005. Don’t expect it to go away any time soon.
Some critics try to minimize MySpace as a hangout for kids where anarchy reigns. There is an interesting White Paper on the dynamics of MySpace at http://www.danah.org/papers/AAAS2006.html to provide a more informed view of the social network.
And it’s most definitely a venue for business – witness the many thousands of groups dedicated to Business and Entrepreneurs on MySpace.
So get your company name, your name, your site name, whatever, on MySpace – do it before somebody else squats on it.