What's In A Name?

What's In A Name?

Name Your Startup With An Algorithmic Name Generator That Actually Works

Screen Shot 2014-09-30 at 11.48.06 PM

Startup names are often cringeworthy, unpronounceable, or horrifically lazy. You take some word, strip it of its vowels, throw a “.ly” on the end, and you’ve got your very own “Airbnb of X.”

A startup name generator called NameBird can save you the trouble and frustration of trying to mangle words and then find some nonsense spelling that would look good in a logo. The tool, which named itself, is hosted on Shobia, an awkward little site with a few career advice articles and a dead link or two. Read More

What's In A Name?

RIP @Dodgeball; Long Live @Dodgeball: Proto-Foursquare to Become Destination for Dodgeball Enthusiasts


Dennis Crowley always knew he wanted to name his location-based check-in app ‘foursquare.’ But the name was too expensive for the ITP alum when he started building the game in 2004–so he settled for a reference to another ball-based pastime of our youth: dodgeball. The name still has a nostalgic place in the hearts of members of the New York tech and media, but it no longer signifies a new front for social media.

This week, Mr. Crowley passed the Twitter handle on to another New Yorker, Chris D’Angelo, whose plan is to use it for his campaign to make dodgeball an Olympic sport. “I am by no means a techie. I’m just a guy who wants to throw red rubber balls at others guys and win medals on behalf of my country,” he told Betabeat by email. Read More

What's In A Name?

Danah Boyd–‘Zephoria’–Latest Luminary to Stand Up for Pseudonyms

danah boyd

Microsoft researcher and blogger Danah Boyd, who prefers to be referred to as danah boyd, or ‘zephoria,’ the name that got her into a tiff with Tumblr, has stepped, as we knew she would, into the pseudonymity debate. “‘Real Names’ Policies Are an Abuse of Power,” she writes today, and have disastrous effects on vulnerable people. “Personally, I’m ecstatic to see this much outrage” over Google’s harsh real-name policy on Google+, she writes. Read More