How Twitter is Changing the Domaining World

If you haven’t caught-onto the Twitter craze yet then it’s time to leave the cave and come play with the rest of the world. All joking aside, Twitter is making headlines everywhere. I was watching the news this morning and the reporter spent an entire five-minute segment just dedicated to Twitter – the interesting thing is – he failed to miss the main elements that give Twitter such incredible potential.

Elliot from ElliotsBlog.com wrote a nice piece on Twitter today. Chef Patrick did a nice video blog about Twitter last week. Let’s face it – Twitter is a brand-new concept to all of us but one we all know will change the Domaining world.

While Twitter was certainly alive and kicking in 2008 it wasn’t until this year that Domainers started to really put focus on it. I see Twitter changing the Domaining world not directly but through the changes it is making to the Internet community.

So what is it that Twitter is doing?

Twitter is turning the average Joe Internet user into a blogger. Blogging has been an intimidating prospect for the basic user that is still trying to master their day-to-day web surfing. Twitter has empowered a whole new group of people to begin blogging and updating the Internet community. This means more people actively adding their own content to the Internet.

I think this will have a profound affect on the Domaining industry that we are still most likely one to two years away from realizing. What Twitter is essentially doing along with helping the average web user become a blogger (or mini-blogger as that might be a bit more fitting) is helping this same user become a brand.

For us as Domainers we are already starting to integrate Twitter into our own brands. I am starting to create new Twitter accounts for each of the major websites I run. This is becoming a great way for us as Internet developers to communicate with our users – or potential customers.

While I have only begun to scratch the surface with what our company plans to do with Twitter I am already seeing an incredible response. I started the Twitter for this blog (www.twitter.com/domainflipper) not too long ago and I already have over 800 followers. I am starting to notify my followers over Twitter every time I write a new blog post, develop a new domain, or come-up with a new idea.

Just think if for each Domain you developed you were able to use Twitter to create a following for your site and transform it into a brand. With more and more people using Twitter everyday it is already becoming one of the prominent communication mediums online. As a Domainer you should always be finding more ways to connect with your customer and encourage them to come back to your site. Twitter is a great way to keep in constant contact and easily create a dynamic brand that can change and grow while you walk down the street and update Twitter via your cellphone.

Let’s face it – the web is changing and Twitter is sure to be at the forefront of the new communication medium that is developing. We are all in an incredible place to use this tool to grow our businesses and innovate in new ways. This time each innovation will have to come in 140 character or less.

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  • Myles Agnew February 25, 2009, 10:17 pm

    G’day Morgan,
    Love some great tweats from fellow domainers especially during the Mardi Gras live auction.

    It’s also great to see most registrars are on there as well!

    Last year during christmas namecheap where running an excellent promotion triva game with the correct answer recieving a free domain name truely an orginal way to get customers and followers 🙂

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  • DomainTweeter February 25, 2009, 10:18 pm

    Your post relates directly to an experience I had a few minutes ago. Last month I set up a Twitter account for a future project and made one post. Just logged in and checked it for the first time and there are already ten followers. Two appeared to be random followspammers, but the rest are good matches and must have found the account by searching on keywords included in the bio.

    Couldn’t agree more that that ability to create a micro-presence is a very powerful thing!

    See you on Twitter! DomainTweeter

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  • wannadevelop.com February 26, 2009, 12:04 am

    I’m giving it a try as well… Will try to make it work. We’ll see how it goes though and whether worth the participation.

    It is pretty fun and casual.

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  • David Simpson February 26, 2009, 1:19 am

    While Twitter is the most popular microblogging service, it isn’t the only one. Identi.ca, for example, runs off of open source software that lets you run your own microblogging service on your own server (http://identi.ca) (http://laconi.ca). Think of it as “wordpress” for microblogging.

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  • Rob February 26, 2009, 11:49 am

    After hearing all the twitter chatter, I finally created an account and am now following about 30 or so people. Many of them post several tweets a day, so at the end of a given day, I could have several hundred tweets I haven’t read yet. How does one keep up with hundreds (or in come case thousands) of tweets a day of people they are following? Isn’t it information overload that almost makes twitter useless?

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  • DnDot.com February 27, 2009, 5:04 am

    Twitter looks good! Many domainers and generally people all over the world are starting to use it. Very nice concept I have to say.

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  • John Doe March 4, 2009, 12:30 am

    “This means more people actively adding their own content to the Internet.”

    Unfortunately the majority of that content seems to be mundane tripe or advertising.

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  • AEM76US March 6, 2009, 1:26 am

    Pardon the ugly analogy but IMO, Facebook is pot (the gateway drug), Twitter is crack, and FriendFeed is heroin. RT @Wesmax27

    It is hard to have a conversation on Twitter. The real action is happening on FF. For that reason, you might want to keep your IDs consistent across platforms.

    To keep feeds clean, I don’t use Twitter to feed elsewhere. Feeds start: Meebo>Jabber (Gtalk)>Identi.ca>FriendFeed

    Identi.ca also feeds to Twitter and Ning.

    Replies and nonsense on Twitter thereby stay out of FF and Ning.

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