MASTER OF YOUR DOMAIN
The second item that surprised from David's column (see yesterday's post) was that a GYMAAAE companies was going to be offering "free" domain names to mainstream consumers for the first time. As the article noted:
"THE FREE DOMAIN NAME A domain name is what comes before the ".com" in a Web address - like NYTimes.com, verizonwireless.com or MarryMeBritney.com. Getting your own personal dot-com name has its privileges - for example, your e-mail address can be You@YourNameHere.com - but it costs money and requires some expertise.
It took Microsoft, of all companies, to make getting your own dot-com name free. Its new Office Live online software suite for small businesses, now in testing, will offer a domain name, Web site and e-mail accounts free. Yes, you'll see ads on the screen (unless you pay for the adless version) - but plenty of people won't mind viewing them in exchange for a free, professional-looking Web presence."
A free domain name is ALMOST as big a deal as Google offering 2 gigabytes of free storage with email accounts when it introduced it's GMAIL service last year.
It's one of those things that doesn't seem a big deal at first glance until you actually think about it a bit. And then the question almost becomes, "why didn't anyone do this earlier?" A personal domain name is something that could easily go from being a "luxury" or "something that might be nice to have", to something that's essential to have as the internet becomes an even greater part of everyday mainstream lives.
A Happy, safe, fun and prosperous New Year everyone! Have a blast celebrating the coming year tonight.