Eminent Domains: Is Yours One?
* Russell told me that he ordered a computer product. The order was confirmed. Several days later he received an e-mail saying that the product was “either out of stock or discontinued.” No contact name or number was given to determine the status of the order. Weeks later the transaction is still in limbo.
* How about when you return to a Web site after a long absence? You sign in, and are told that your name is already in use and please sign in with a different name or create an account. When you try to create an account, you are told to use a different name, because your name is already taken.
* Some Web sites require a password that must be eight characters or more and must contain both numbers and letters—thus guaranteeing you will not remember it and be subjected to a huge hassle the next time you log on.
* A substantial percentage of Web site designers fail to list the street address and phone number of the company, thus hiding its whereabouts.
* Who can I talk to? Many Web sites will not list the name of a person for contact information.
Choosing a URL
When I grew up on Long Island, our telephone number was Cedarhurst 3084. Pick up the receiver and a live operator would come on the line and say, “Number, please.”
I remember after the War (WWII) as a prelude to dial technology, the number was changed to Cedarhurst 9-3084.
Now phone numbers are just that—long strings of numbers.
With the Internet, we have the luxury of mnemonics—a Web address that uses letters of the alphabet and helps people remember our personal or business name, the nature of our business, or our hobbies or loves or pets or children. For example, my Web site is dennyhatch.com.