Suggestions for When That Perfect Domain Name or Twitter Username is Taken

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It's happened to lots of us at one point and is becoming increasingly more common.

You're working on a project or come up with a fantastic web project to get started on, so naturally the first thing you do is run to your favourite domain registrar or Twitter itself to see if the domain name is taken.

And it often is.

Long before your idea came to you, someone else came up with a brilliant use for that domain. Or just parked it for future use/profit.

Or you can get a decent domain name, but the Twitter username to match has been taken. Or visa versa. You get the idea.

So, what do you do when that perfect domain name or Twitter username is taken?

This question came up just the other day, via Dave Briggs on Twitter:

Dave was pleased to hear (and you will be too) that there are plenty of options for decent mear-alternatives to the name you'll want - with a lot more availability than any .com domains. Think about .co or .io domains, prefixes such as 'get' or 'weare', and suffixes such as 'hq'.

Some of these domains are even being treated by Google as generic top level domains, rather than country specific. So if you have a .co (Colombia) or .io (Indian Ocean Territory) domain, you are now treated as top level by Google. Which go.co welcomed with open arms:


Here's my top list of alternative domain names (which can also be used for Twitter usernames):

Other ideas to use, but I couldn't think of examples to put here (feel free to suggest examples in the comments):

  • uk
  • us
  • my
  • juice
  • central
  • best
  • top
  • online
  • web
  • info
  • me

One other service worth mentioning is Domainr, which finds shortened domain names and short URLs for you to play with. Instantly check availability and register for all top-level domains.

As an example, the Domainr team's own favourites are mike.tig.as, goodfil.ms, and farukat.es.

Here's what I got when searching for facebook.com alternatives:

domain name is taken

Try it with your own preferred domain and see where you get. There's also a Domainr iPhone app if you get an idea for a domain on the move.

Incidentally, Dave's original question was almost answered by his own blog domain url, which takes a Domainr-like format: http://da.vebrig.gs/

I guess it's more difficult when trying to get that perfect Twitter username...

What do you do when you can't get your perfect domain name or Twitter username? What other prefixes or suffixes do you use? Leave your suggestions in the comments.

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11 comments on “Suggestions for When That Perfect Domain Name or Twitter Username is Taken

    • A great example of an alternative domain name! Had heard it was a little more expensive, but compared to the .com version from a domain auction site it must be a bargain?

      • $99 from name.com.

        I’ve seen $55 from iwantmyname.com. But don’t mind paying a bit extra for a company that’s been around for a while.

        Compared to a domain auction site, yeah, good value — And that’s if the .com isn’t already being used.

    • Nice one, Martin. It’s becoming more and more of a problem, but great to see that new companies can still establish themselves with alternatives.

      Love the new site by the way – keep up the good work!

  1. You just saved my sanity! Every .com option for new project taken (but unused and for sale for megabucks). This is great advice for late entrants to the digital space! Thanks!

  2. I just found out the twitter username and facebook page name are both taken for our travel startup lokafy.com . The site connects travellers with passionate locals for personalized tours. These are all great suggestions.

    Here are some ideas I have, what do you think?

    @golokafy, @thelokafy, @solokafy or make it into a verb @lokafied (although I’m concerned people wouldn’t be able to find us since the spelling would be different, maybe lokafyed would work better?

  3. Thanks for the domai.nr suggestion. Want to use my last name but many variations are of course taken. Thought of using hyphens but seems to be a google backlash on hyphenated names.

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