DomainPinch

Several years ago I coded this little tool for finding domain names, but never launched it as a website until now. You see there are tons of .com domain names left, you just have to be clever when looking for them. DomainPinch.com simply automates the process of swapping in different synonyms for you. You can visit Thesaurus.com yourself and find synonyms of use the little built in Urban Dictionary powered search. Fill the center box with words and then add a prefix, or suffix, or both and domain pinch will run through the options checking with Internic as it goes.

I was recently looking for some domain names with a common four letter word as a prefix (“bank”) and tried every four letter word in the dictionary in combination with it. In a few minutes I found over 1000 available domains, dozens of them meeting my needs. Give it a try and let me know what you think. DomainPinch.com

Web2.0 Benefits In A Large Enterprise

Many people point to interface interactivity (Ajax JavaScript usually) and mash-up functionality or data when talking about Web2.0. I personally think that these two things are simply symptoms of the underlying phenomenon which is really a change in the way people think about themselves, their projects, and the people around them. Yes I think Web2.0 is a cultural revolution not a technical one.

You see the underlying common thread of Web2.0 is that people are sharing with each other. They have learned that it is better to build their websites to talk to other websites. This makes it easier to collaborate with people who have built complimentary tools and services. It also makes it easier for end users to use the information and functionality, RSS is probably the best example.

So the true Web2.0 revolution is that people intentionally build their technology to be flexible and interconnected. Their motivation is survival and success. Websites are more successful if they provide value to users (end users and peers) and people are more successful when they find ways to form partnerships and relationships with other people. For instance a group of friends help each other out. A single isolated individual has only themselves to rely on.

To see how a large enterprise benefits from the true benefits of Web2.0 you only need to extend my logic a tiny bit father and take an honest look at the most common people problems in a large organization, bureaucracy.

Red tape (cumbersome bureaucratic processes) tend to form when the size of an organization reaches a size when people are unable to understand all the social structures around them. It is a protective reaction. People begin to created request forms, document processes, ask for sign-offs on work performed, and so on. Projects slow down and costs go up. But is bureaucracy really a reaction to size or is it a reaction to a misunderstanding about where each person fits in and how they contribute to the larger effort?

The Internet is large and people there are not creating bureaucratic red-tape as a requirement to empower and collaborate with each other. It’s not size that creates bureaucracy, it’s people intent. In a large organization people loose track of the big picture. They are also compensated (judged, evaluated, rewarded) based on performance. Performance is defined by the organization and this is the problem.

The real problem is that people in a large organization are often not given the same reasons to collaborate with their peers the way web2.o dotcom people are by their environment. In the real world people have found that facilitating collaboration and making themselves more usable (in every way imaginable) makes them more successful. In a large organization people have found that spending their budget, meeting their numbers, protecting their teams reputation, and making their boss look good make them more successful. Did I hear an ah-ha? Good.

So the fix is simple and some big companies (like Toyota) have figured it out. To eliminate bureaucracy and get back to speeding your organization to success you simply have to give people a reason to change their intent. In other words reward them for collaboration. Do not encourage red tape by rewarding those common behaviors. Change your organization by helping people change the way they see themselves and their success.

iPhone Store Credits Available Now!

If you were one of the iPhone buyers who paid ‘full’ price you can now get your $100 Apple Store credit. Simple go to http://www.apple.com/iphone/storecredit/. You’ll be asked for your iPhone number and iPhone serial number (see settings > general > about). Apple will then send you a text message with a code. You enter the code on the web page that follows the phone number/serial number form, click continue and you get your $100 store credit. It took my text message a few minutes to come through.

Steve Jobs Splits The Difference With iPhone Owners

You may have noticed that Apple lowered the price of the iPhone $200 (from $599 to $399). This comes just a few months after the initial release and seems to have pissed off iPhone owners. I’m not too pissed, just surprised any company would have missed the target in initial pricing.

Steve Jobs seems to agree and will be splitting the difference with all us existing iPhone owners by giving us an Apple Store credit of $100. A little self serving on Steve’s part (Apple Store Credit as opposed to Cash) but still very appreciated by this very happy iPhone owner.

On a side note I’m very happy to see Apple charging ahead on pushing the iPhone out to more users. Great product and I always like to see Apple succeed. Yes yes… I’m a little biased.

Read the Apple Announcement