18 November 2012

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Know Story behind the selection of Domain Names of 10 Big Companies

Know Story behind the selection of  Domain  Names of  10 Big Companies

Today many company names are familiar to us, they got strange names.

But they companies choose that name, what’s story behind that name

Majority times founders of the company cannot afford to pay for the domain name, which they want, and then a strange name is found for the company.

1 –
Company Name – Yandex
Yandex has a double meaning, "Yet Another iNDEXer,' and the Russian word "?" (Ya") Sounds like "I" In English (Ya-ndex).

The Russian search engine's name is both an acronym and a pun.
According to Wikipedia, ""The name initially stood for "Yet Another iNDEXer." The Russian word "?" ("Ya") corresponds to English personal pronoun "I", making "?ndex" a bilingual pun on "index"; another pun is based on yin and yang contrast."

Company Name – GoDaddy
Bob Parsons founded GoDaddy in 1997 under the name Jomax Technologies.
After 2 years, the name "Big Daddy" was suggested, but that domain was taken.
Then company found the name , GoDaddy.

Company Name – Twitter

Twitter's working title was "Status." The founders turned to the dictionary for a better name.
Dorsey explains to The LA Times, "We wanted to capture that feeling: the physical sensation that you're buzzing your friend's pocket. It's like buzzing all over the world.

So we looked in the dictionary for words around it, and we came across the word 'twitter,' and it was just perfect. The definition was 'a short burst of inconsequential information,' and 'chirps from birds."

Company Name – Zynga
Mark Pincus named his company after his American bulldog, Zinga.

Company Name – Google

First Sergey Brin and Larry Page named their search engine "Back Rub."

Later they changed the name to Google, which stems from the mathematical term "googol."
Googol is the number one followed by one hundred zeros.

Company Name – Yahoo
Jerry Yang and David Filo renamed their company, "Jerry's Guide to the World Wide Web," in 1994.
The new name, Yahoo! was selected more for its literary definition

Company Name – Skype
The initial name for the project that turned into Skype was "Sky peer-to-peer."
That was chopped down to "Skyper." Later, due to domain name restrictions, the "r" was dropped.

Company Name – Apple
Steve Jobs came up with the name "Apple Computers" while driving on Highway 85 between Palo Alto and Los Altos.

Company Name – Pandora
The name Pandora means "all gifted" in Greek. In ancient Greek mythology, Pandora received many gifts from the gods, including the gift of music, from Apollo. She was also, as we all know, very curious. Unlike those gods of old, however, we celebrate that virtue and have made it our mission to reward the musically curious among us with a never-ending experience of music discovery."

Company Name – Hulu
Jason Kilar, CEO of Hulu, writes how the name "Hulu" was picked:

In Mandarin, Hulu has two interesting meanings, each highly relevant to our mission...It literally translates to “gourd,” and in ancient times, the Hulu was hollowed out and used to hold precious things. The secondary meaning is “interactive recording.” We saw both definitions as appropriate bookends and highly relevant to the mission of Hulu.
"We were also excited about the name because it had no meaning in the English language. Given that we had aspired — and continue to aspire — to create a unique experience that is both worthy of remark and defies easy comparison, having a name with no direct definition appealed to us. For practical purposes, we also set out to have a relatively short, easy-to-pronounce name."

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Destination Infinity November 19, 2012  

Googol was the intended name but the Venture Capitalist who wrote the first check for the company, wrote it as Google in error. Hence, Sergy and Brin registered this name, instead! People should read the book called, 'The Google Story'.

Destination Infinity

MEcoy November 19, 2012  

wow i never knew each has a story to tell nice one sm

Kirtivasan Ganesan November 20, 2012  

Very interesting indeed.
Google had this idea of following links and counting and then arranging. How far is this true?

SM November 20, 2012  

@Destination Infinity

thanks for adding more info