Back in the last millennium I registered ModelStation.com. I had a very specific reason for that name but never used it for it's original purpose. I like the name, I expected that someday I would use it for a real business.
Over the past couple years I have been ever so slowly working towards a new business. The time has come to solidify my internet presence. It seems like a good idea to get a FaceBook account (ugh), YouTube, eBay etc.
Well surprise! Go ahead and look up ModelStation on FaceBook and YouTube if you dare. Yeah, that's not me. It is taken on eBay as well and some financial firm in NY has even trademarked it. All since I have registered the domain. I did not expect that having the domain registered offered protection against others using it however I think I was of the mindset that why would anyone want to use it when it was a registered domain already?
So I have spent not a small amount of time brainstorming and testing the availability of various domain names. As you can guess it is not as easy as it used to be to find a good name that is short, easy to say, easy to spell and make some sort of sense. It's quite disappointing to see the large number of domains that are being squatted. You can type in just about any sequence of five characters to find that the domain is not available. I did find a couple six character ones that were available that weren't too bad - regular words with a "U" in front or behind, but I finally decided on an eight character name and it's plural. I was very surprised to find that it was available since so many that were much more obscure were taken. It is a secret for now what that name is.
And here's the advice;
Do not wait to claim ownership of your domain name. I am sure that every day the availability decreases of something that you would like.
Do not wait to register accounts using that name on Twitter, FaceBook, eBay and whatever other sites make sense.