Sells for $100,000 at Sedo

NamePros: Sedo's senior broker Dave Evanson has just confirmed that the one-word domain name has just sold at Sedo. It looks as though this could be a sale brokered by Sedo themselves. In a post to Dave's Facebook page just now, he confirmed...
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In loving memory of Kanye, the office fish

Whats Your Name Whats Your Name: Maybe one of the harder parts about losing a pet is that their lifespan vividly brackets those years of your own existence, and leaves us to realize how quickly time passes. For Kanye, it was no different. But also for Kanye, there is the sting of a loss of a friend and a role model; […]
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Sedo weekly sales led by the 6 figure sale of

TheDomains TheDomains: Sedo released their weekly sales and led the way at $100,000. Great name, registered in 1997. Developed site up, their Twitter page says:  is a portal meant for modern women who live in a perpetually changing world. They joined Twitter in June 2017. I wrote about last week on The seller […]
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From the “scandal” department : Is Pheenix warehousing domains?

Domain aftermarket and auction platform, Pheenix, received a barrage of unsavory comments over at NamePros. Coming fresh from the drop of several of its satellite registrars, Pheenix appears to have angered a customer, who claims they are “warehousing customers’ expired domains.” The Pheenix customer is livid over the fact that his winning bid did not […]

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Too big, too fast, too soulless, and too rich to fail

I Want My Name I Want My Name: This year I’ve: deleted my Twitter account, deleted all my social media apps, stopped sharing iwantmyname posts to social media, and increased my blog output exponentially. I’m 33, and I feel like I’m 67.
My thoughts are all over the place, mainly because I keep reading better and better versions of this post and feeling helpless. The reasons for being afraid of the closed web are clear (if they aren’t, just read that linked essay), but here we are, without a solution.
We’re not only fighting technology now; we’re fighting impulse control and a flow of money we can’t even comprehend. Facebook is one of the top-10 richest companies on the planet, not just a relative flash in the pan like MySpace. They’re not just going to become unpopular one day and vanish — they eat competitors for breakfast. They eat the open web for breakfast. Big Social controls everything.
They control what content you see. They control what content you can post. They control how your images will be displayed. They control every aspect of the UX. You don’t need a domain name. You don’t need to worry about responsive design. You don’t need to worry about paying for anything. It’s frictionless. Completely frictionless.
Big Social has simplified it all to the point where they’ve created an endless cycle of dependency — we crave pseudo-communities because our physical institutions have crumbled, and our pseudo-communities have turned our isolation into an infinite data mine. The more you dig in, the more targeted your content becomes.
And we’ve become so dug in that all our unprepared brains can do is react. Print media. Broadcast media. They can’t keep up with the pace of Big Social, so they regurgitate Twitter opinions and fill their 24-hour cycle with debate shows to keep the story going. Until the next story. Then the next one. The f-ing President of the United States creates his own news cycle now because the open web can’t do anything to stop it. The flow of thoughtful criticism is simply too slow. Even an hour is too slow — every angle is covered from predictable sources so fast people don’t even have time to open their minds to new ideas. All we can do is dig in and hope for the best.
Another shooting? Thoughts and prayers. 5,000 “fair and balanced” articles served to maximize likes and outrage. Worried about health care? Your feed is worried about it too, and your trusted sources have already written countless opinion pieces. It gets worse. Way worse. Casually worried about people who don’t look like you moving into your town? Facebook is happy to feed that fear — in fact, that might be an ad-buying category. Want to create a community where only people who look like you exist? Here’s a politician who thinks that very thought. Hallelujah.
Big Social is too big, too fast, too soulless, and too rich to fail.
Thinking of practical solutions, I always start with blogging. Maybe if blogging was better in every way, and we engineered some kind of super RSS that people could easily use, it could replace the need for social posting. But I don’t even know if that would work. My sister doesn’t care about any of this — she just wants something that makes sharing and commenting on pictures with a mass of people seamless. As easy as modern CMS’s make things, nothing beats the simplicity and feature-set of Instagram. Nothing. That tool doesn’t exist.
Here’s another use case. Your local bakery wants to post their daily specials. On Instagram, they can reach all their followers on a platform they’re already scanning hourly. In minutes, they’ll see dozens of likes and a similar amount of comments. What’s the alternative? Spend 15-30 minutes in MailChimp every day creating newsletters, then hope their followers don’t get annoyed and unsubscribe by the end of the week? People get really angry when you send emails, even when they’re opt-in.
Nothing on Instagram is annoying because nothing is that important. If you skip Instagram for a week, nothing happens. If you skip email, you might get fired.
Ugh. It’s frictionless and inevitable. My 2yo isn’t going to want a website in the next 5-10 years so he can slave over creating quality content to amass a following, he’s going to want a Facebook account so he can invite all his friends to his birthday party. It’s all so harmless. There he goes posting how to get all the moons in a Mario level. So harmless.
Then the endless onslaught of information and advertisements cultivated by Big Social to optimize his time-on-page arrives. (Or he’ll be using YouTube and get served something truly terrible because the platform is too big for human oversight. Big Social makes things for kids, tells parents they’ll be safe, then police them with botched algorithms. Oops! Just a harmless accident your child will never unsee.)
How can I even fight it? If he’s lucky, he’ll have 20 good (non-digital) friends in elementary school. I’m practically a shut-in and I get 20, 30, 40 likes every time I post a picture of my dog. Real life can’t compete. The open web can’t compete.
So maybe it’s me that has to change. Maybe I need to learn to stop worrying and love the bomb — just be ok with websites acting as a fancy directory for brands, shops, and sensitive socialphobes, and leave the conversation to the walled gardens. Maybe I need to be more like Mike Monteiro and criticize @jack and @biz on Twitter every day instead of just walking away.
I’m so overwhelmed by it all that I can’t even wrap my head around it. I’m 33, and I feel like I’m 67.
My parents probably thought the same thing the first time I wanted to play Total Annihilation online with my friends instead of going outside. Total Annihilation never created a populist movement that changed the outcome of elections though. Or maybe that harmless game of online Total Annihilation started all of this. Who needs playground baseball leagues when you can light up the screen with Phoenix bombers?
All I can say is that, if you read this, do your best to crave less attention. Instead of blasting articles into the void, read more. Understand more. Talk more at dinner. Consume less media, as counterintuitive as that may sound.
Get off social media, and get those social media buttons off your websites. I don’t have a better solution for spreading your brand messaging than social media, but spend your time figuring that out. Have meetings about it, because it’s important. We can’t keep leaving our conversations to Big Social and their endless quest for data and money. They don’t care about you. They just want a more robust ad platform.
Ugh. James Briddle put it really well in that essay about YouTube I linked to above:
What concerns me is that this is just one aspect of a kind of infrastructural violence being done to all of us, all of the time, and we’re still struggling to find a way to even talk about it, to describe its mechanisms and its actions and its effects. As I said at the beginning of this essay: this is being done by people and by things and by a combination of things and people. Responsibility for its outcomes is impossible to assign but the damage is very, very real indeed.

We’ve created a mess, and unless we change our behavior, it’s not going to get any better.

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