Own Your Name Before Someone Else Does!

By Dino Dogan July 10, 2013 10 Comments

Magnify

Fear is a powerful motivator.

And fear is exactly what I felt when Dan Cristo told me to buy DinoDogan.com before someone else does.

Imagine, he said, if someone owned your name and put up a porn site. Would you be ok with that? Hellz no, I wouldn’t be ok with that.

So, immediately I ran out and purchased DinoDogan.com. In fact, I’ve owned that domain name for several years before I actually started using it.

Own Your Social Names

Let’s talk social names.

Facebook

I wish, I wish, I wish, I grabbed Facebook.com/DinoDogan when vanity URLs first became available on Facebook. Alas, I didn’t. I was too late. :-(

So, I grabbed facebook.com/TheDinoDogan. Not bad, but not as good. That “The” makes me sound kinda pretentious. But it sticks in people’s minds. At least I hope.

Twitter

When I signed up for Twitter, my original handle had an underscore in it. As in Twitter.com/Dino_Dogan

Underscore is not so bad. And it’s even sometimes recommended.

For example, my good friend Tonia Ries’ handle has an underscore in it. Connect with her @tonia_ries.

She used the underscore because without it people kept calling her Toni Aries. So, in her case, it makes perfect sense.

In my case, the underscore wasn’t ideal. Luckily, a while back Dan grabbed @DinoDogan on Twitter, and gave it to me. What a guy.

Triberr

At long last, vanity URLs are now available on Triberr as well.

If you’re a Prime Member you have exclusive early acces to yours right now. If not, you’ll be able to set your customized vanity URL on 7/22.

FAQ

Q) Will my old, complicated URL still work?

A) Yes. Your big long URL (example: http://triberr.com/pages/profile.php?pid=45658) will still work. Having a vanity URL means it will be something much shorter, and easier to remember.

For example triberr.com/yourname

Q) When can I claim my vanity URL?

A) All members can claim their URL on Monday, July 22nd. Prime Members will have exclusive early access starting right now.

Q) How do I claim my vanity URL?

A) Click the “Account” drop down at the top right hand corner of your logged in Triberr page. On that drop down, click “Settings”.

In the default, “Profile” tab, edit the second form field entitled, “username”. After you choose your desired name, save your changes.

Screen Shot 2013-07-09 at 1.54.11 PM

To use your new vanity URL, just type in your browser, http://triberr.com/yourname

Q) Are there any restrictions as to what my username can be?

A) Yes. Usernames can be up to 32 characters long. They can contain letters and “.”. So for example, “dancristo” and “dan.cristo” are both fine. However, they cannot contain numbers, spaces or special characters.

Q) What if someone else has my username?

A) Vanity URLs are given out on a first come, first serve basis. If your desired username is taken, you won’t be able to use it.

Q) Can I change my username later?

A) Yes. You can change your username at any time. Just keep in mind that once you change it, it becomes available for someone else to use.

Q) How come Prime members get to choose their name earlier than everyone else?

A) One of the unspoken perks to Prime membership is sneak previews and early access to new features.

We do this as both a thank you for supporting Triberr, as well as a feedback mechanism before major features are rolled out to the world. Primes also get free Triberr gear.

follow my blog



Dino Dogan

Dino is the Founder of Triberr, a refugee from Bosnia, and professional speaker with a real job. His real title is Global Force for Badassery.

  • Steph

    I see this as blackmail. You’re basically telling me I have to join up before you let someone else use my name. That’s not very nice at all. You should at least require that someone show you they are a person.

  • A fantastic idea. Triberr rocks!

  • Count me in. This is way cool. 🙂

  • It’s not a new problem. When domain names became available people would buy other people’s names. Twitter had to implement verified accounts, and so on.

    Right now, Triberr is small enough that this is not an issue, but I knoe we’ll eventually have to implement more stringent validations. All in good time, my friend. All in good time 🙂

  • Pingback: Triberr unveils Vanity Urls for all Users - Go grab yours now!()

  • CLAIM ALL THE NAMES!!!! (sorry. too much caffeine)

  • Avi

    Completely agree with Dino. Steps should be taken but in the right time. 🙂

  • It’s 7/22, but the Triberr Username field is still absent.

  • Hey, Dan,

    Since it is the 22nd of July, I am trying to follow your instructions to create my own Triberr URL but unfortunately, the Triberr User Name box is missing in my profile. Any suggestions?

    Many thanks,

    Stacy

  • Sorry! Dino!

Pin It on Pinterest

Shares