I was asked what I knew about Social Networking, and how I knew. Google had the answer.
I often post/blog/comment/join under the tag of kr8tr (relating back to the first “remote web post” I ever made, which was in Hawaii, from an active crater. Over a decade ago).
Anyway, look at the social sites I have visited (most of them only for a few times – enough to see who they were and what they do).
I got all the way to the 100th page of Google results for kr8tr, and almost every entry related to me, or was from a post by me. Pretty amazing (and probably enough questionable sites in there that I’ll never get a “real job” again!).
I guess in hindsight (ten+ years of hindsight) picking a weird pseudonym was a good thing – it makes me “searchable”. That is one of the reasons I named this blog “Stuffleufagus” – it is unlikely to get confused with something else. Google has 58 pages of results on Stuffleufagus, and I believe they are all me.
Don’t get me wrong – I’m not arrogant enough to think I have built anything “of value” – but I have built a brand, or two. I didn’t do it on purpose. I was just having fun with a friend when I posted, “A message to you, from the kr8tr” so many years ago, and I was just trying to find something that hadn’t been used for a blog name when I chose Stuffleufagus.. Made up words are pretty easy to track in search engines, so it’s easy to create a “brand” around them. It’s something altogether different to build a brand with value around them.
Anyway, whether there is ever any value associated with them or not, I have just registered the domain names stuffleufagus.com and kr8tr.com. Why? Why not? They do nicely round out my domain portfolio to an even 100 domains (although I have MANY expiring this year that I probably won’t renew).
I bought the domains because both kr8tr and stuffleufagus, for good or bad, are now tightly associated with me, and I didn’t want someone else coming along and taking them.