Problogger posted a while back about a conversation he had with Seth Godin about Twitter. Seth mentioned that he doesn’t use twitter and barely even uses Facebook. He feels that if he does something, he wants to do it really well (which is a whole other post) and it’s better not to do it at all than do a mediocre job.
If Seth Godin Doesn’t Use Twitter, Who is Using His Name on Twitter?
Whoever it is has thousands of followers who think they are following him. That person isn’t really trashing Seth Godin’s name or reputation, but he could if he wanted to. There is so much possible damage that can be done by someone taking your name, so why let them?
Take Ownership of Your Name
Buy the domain name of your name, preferably .com if it’s available. You may even want to buy the .net, .info, .name and any others that are available. At $7/year, you can’t really lose. You should also secure your name on twitter, blogspot and any other Social Media tools that can be hijacked.
The web is growing exponentially and the amount of time we spend online is increasing as well and will continue to increase. Even if you just get your name now to secure it for the future, it is a good investment. Who knows what you will need it for in 10 years. You should even consider buying your kid’s names, I know one person who already does.
Five years ago, it was almost unheard of to buy your name’s domain. Now it’s almost common practice as people are using their domain for their blog, business, resume, or just a place to show things off online.
If you want to get lucky in 10 years when having your online identity is crucial, get it now. After all, Luck is all about being prepared for what lies ahead.