Sunday, April 24, 2011

A new name for you

The world is steadily moving away from exchanging the phone numbers towards exchanging the online handles. For example, getting people friended on facebook.

This is quite annoying for me, because, even if my first name is pretty easy to spell,
the last name is as far from something easy like "Smith" as it can be.

So I inevitably end up writing it. Boring. Now, lately I've used a different trick. telling people to search for the stuff I am involved in, e.g. "Happy Eyeballs" make for a pretty good search to fish my name and contact info from.

Now, I thought why not do it in a bit more dedicated fashion - and just grab a domain that is easy to remember for normal people, and hook it to a key-value store.

Here comes the

go to to search on someone's "second name", or create your own - the "second name" can really be anything that is easy to remember and does not require spelling by letters.

There is no login, no password, everything is write-once-read-many. So, if you have made a mistake, too bad.

The value is escaped to translate the < into &lt; - so, no fancy HTML either.

Just good old plain text.

If you think it does look fugly, I agree. But I think the utility trumps the looks.

Good enough for me, for now at least.

And tell me what you think.

(yes, it's like, after an intensive diet course).

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