As a baseball fan, I’ve been waiting for First Inning to officially launch their site. In the meantime, I’ve wondered… how the heck did they get firstinning.com in 2005?
The answer is simple: it was available.
Anytime I get in a fit of domain name curiosity, I am surprised–either by what is available or what is taken. In this case, there are a lot of available baseball innings: thirdinning.com, fourthinning.com, fifthinning.com, sixthinning.com, and eighthinning.com. If you want a .net, only seventhinning.net is taken. If your thing is .org, you can have anything but ninthinning.org.
Football or basketball fan? You could have thirdquarter.com (or firstquarter.org, or secondquarter.net/.org). If you’re into college basketball, firsthalf.org is still available. Hockey has three periods, right? You could register them all.
Then there’s the other side of the coin, when I am amazed by how many domains are taken. I’ve mentioned this before in my riff on secrecy… MonkeyDonkey.com and DonkeyMonkey.com are both taken! Huh?
Google smartly grabbed the typo domain, gooogle.com (extra O), but they missed goooogle.com (two extra Os). Believe it or not, most .com domains for google.com with extra Os are taken. If you don’t mind having over fifty Os in your domain, you could get the only ones left:
goooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooogle.com (52 extra Os)
But why would you? After all, wouldn’t you rather have gooooogle.biz (3 extra Os)?