Own Your Name Before Someone Else Does!

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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.

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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.

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Dino Dogan

Global Force for Badassery | Founder of Triberr | Refugee from Bosnia | Writer for Technorati | Speaker | Lousy Martial Artist | Pretty good singer/songwriter | Hi :-)

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  • Brian Martin

    A great site to help you with securing your brand name is namechk.com I use that often.

  • http://www.theworld4realz.com/ Andi-Roo

    I discovered that you may use a “dash” { ” – ” } as part of your user name. For instance, mine is http://triberr.com/andi-roo which is freaking awesome. I was torn, though, because I wondered if I shouldn’t instead register under my blog’s name {TheWorldForRealz}. Anyone have an opinion on that???