Naming Conventions

The UK Telegraph included a book review of Why Not Catch-21? The Stories Behind the Titles that got me thinking about some other naming conventions.

  • Name your book something pedestrian but enigmatic. Name it after something ordinary, but nothing too specific.
  • Name your website an english word; you can allow one spelling error or clever punctuation, but don’t get all cutesy. NO AFRICAN WORDS.
  • Go ahead and give your movie a long name, as the title of the remakes will be shorter, and shorter, and shorter
  • Name your video game using three words or less, something like “Ms. Pac-Man” or “Guitar Hero 2” and not “Guitar Hero Encore Rocks the 80s”. Only sequels should have a colon in the title. (And no, a sequel to a sequel does not get two colons.)
  • Do not name your kids after proper nouns.

I don’t know whether timtoon necessarily passes this test, but I’ll bet it fares a lot better than Ubuntu or Utterz. Or just anything starting with a U. For example, you know what you’ll find in My Space, what’s in a Face Book, what to expect from a Live Journal, and what’s kept in an Image Bucket more so than what happens when you’re Flickr’d.

But a name is only part of having a successful site, and since I’m going to forget these helpful tips to having good content, I’ll link to them from a site called websitesthatsuck.com (can you guess what they have there?):

Blogs only work when they meet four of the following five conditions:

  1. Candor
  2. Urgency
  3. Timeliness
  4. Pithiness
  5. Controversy

Content Trumps Design.

I don’t even want to think about how my site rates there.

And while we’re at it, the ages-old list of bad domain names.

By Tim

An animator, video producer, Lego artist, and author—I am moderately skilled at a lot of different things.