You Need to Register Your Own Domain Name
It's important to retain control over your identity: Dan Gillmor
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 28, 2013 1:47 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Stop what you're doing and go register your own domain name, Dan Gillmor suggests in the Guardian today. But, you say, you're already on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Google+, and Tumblr? That's fine, but "remember who's in charge at those social media sites," Gillmor warns. "You and I are just visitors, suppliers of content they hope to use to make money." That's why it's important for everyone to have a domain name, a place on the Web over which they have complete control.

What to put there? The goal is to "tell the world who [you] are and what [you've] done," and post your own work. Gillmor suggests starting a blog, which is easy and inexpensive. (Registering a domain is itself simple and costs about the price of "a few cups of coffee," he writes.) Yes, it is easier to share using social media, and you'll likely reach more people. But Gillmor refuses to give up "control of who I am and what I believe to people who may or may not be my friends in years to come," and he suggests you make the same commitment. Click for all his tips.

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HMD-SMD-ITY
Mar 28, 2013 11:36 PM CDT
The internet is so overrated. Its very boring at times, a nuisance most of the time, and really a place for free porn for most users. We buy everything we need from it and take care of medical problems. Nearly all my work is done on it. If we could post pictures I could show you my work cubical with the 6 LCD monitors of my work stations. They are not on one any particular system but on a VPN to the head office, OC-3 to remote cloud systems, DSL to backup servers, T-1 to backup/backup servers, Bjan and Hughes net to operations centers, and Uverse for our personal use. I used to have my own web pages with my own online mall. It got boring to operate. It did not make enough money for my trouble. I kept it running for bragging rights as it was one of the longest running personal sites (more than 20 years) on the net. But I could care less about that and shut it down a couple years ago. Only a few people noticed.
lvan
Mar 28, 2013 11:07 PM CDT
been there, done that...
K.KRANK
Mar 28, 2013 10:17 PM CDT
Do the opposite of what Gillmor says in his piece. 99% of the planet has no need to pay for or own their own personal domain. He's just shilling for the domain registrars & web hosting companies. Ignore his advice. Trust me, my mother & brother & aunts & uncles, etc will never have a need (just like I won't) of having a website under personal 'vanity' style web addresses. We just won't. Don't need it. Twitter & Facebook are fine.