I tried to register my name at blogger.com but got the error message above. Turns out someone’s swiped the name: http://richardxthripp.blogspot.com/ is just a parked spam blog, set up just over a month ago (2008-02-20). It’s about two thousand spam link ads.
One thing that I’ve always counted with my name (Richard X. Thripp a.k.a. richardxthripp), is that it is so unique that I can go to any website and register as richardxthripp with no fear of my identity already being taken. Apparently, I’m picking up a bit of notoriety and that is changing. The only thing to do next is to launch a pre-emptive strike against the thieves.
http://www.animalcrossingcommunity.com/user_profile.asp?UserID=28254 (must log in)
http://www.orkut.com/Profile.aspx?uid=15787114936809567549 (must log in)
How do you like them apples? Twenty-six websites where I’ve claimed my identity. Some are old, but there are sixteen ones I registered in the past few hours. Obviously, I won’t update any of these, but at least no one else will be carrying on their evil plans in my name.
These are two great articles on stopping the new-fangled cyber-squatters:
SearchRank: Securing Your Brand on Social Networking Sites
ProBlogger: When Seth Godin isn’t Seth Godin
I ran across these before, but wasn’t motivated enough to take action, unfortunately.
So tell me, is there any killer social networking, blogging, photography, or art network that’s missing from my list?
2008-03-29 Update: Added Animal Crossing Community and YouTube; forgot about those.