namechk is a handy tool for those who’s looking for new domains and social network profile names. In one go you can see an overview of what’s available and what’s not.
No numbers or hyphens
Numbers and hyphens (especially hyphens) cause confusion. Stay away from them at all costs. Even something as clever as the number1website.com will cause confusion. Make the name speak for itself.
Especially the part about hyphens. Ideally, I’d say you should use a single word domain. But if you do have two or more words, use hyphens. Hyphens act as separators, much like spaces, and make your domain more readable. Have a look at these domains and imagine them hyphened – that’d be a totally different story, don’t you think?
Facebook Visual Identity – a fascinating story of how Facebook’s visual identity changed over just a few years, and how much effort went into this. It’s always interesting to see what goes on behind the curtains, as the gradual changes of tiny little details are often difficult to spot.
Search Engine Land reports:
Last year we heard informal statements from several Google employees that mobile search queries would probably overtake desktop queries some time this year. Google just confirmed this has now happened.
The company says that “more Google searches take place on mobile devices than on computers in 10 countries including the US and Japan.” The company declined to elaborate further on what the other countries were, how recently this change happened or what the relative volumes of PC and mobile search queries are now.
Google groups tablets with desktops. So this is just smartphones and does not include tablets.
There’s also an interesting misalignment of this report with some Comscore reports.
PlaceIt – create instant product mockups
18 Tools for Picking the Perfect Domain Name – I’ve only used the Nameboy from this list. The rest are pretty useful too.
According to Johnson, the two most “dreaded, hated” words at Apple under Steve Jobs were “branding” and “marketing.”
I’m not the biggest Steve Jobs fan, but I’m with him on these ones. :)