Every few years I go through a minor digital identity crisis and begin reworking my online presence. For a time I even considered dropping my actual first name and branding as Otto Linke, an idea which I still have to resist, especially because I managed to snag that Twitter name (while @andrewlinke has been owned by some who, while no doubt a wonderful human being, has not posted in years). I have resisted the urge, however, until now.
This time around, I decided to give in and relocate my internet home to andrewlinke.com.
As with many things in life, the bedclothes-buried pea which drove me to actually make this change was a seemingly minor irritant which had grown to become an ongoing annoyance: Autocorrect.
I use Apple products, for the most part. I write on a MacBook or iPad and stay in contact via an iPhone. All of these have system-wide autocorrect and Apple’s autocorrect hates the domain name alike.com.
See. it just happened.
I swear, I am not faking this.
I just tried to type A L I N K E DOT C O M and the delightfully helpful autocorrect demons decided that I must have intended to type a domain name which (as of this writing) loads incredibly slowly, then appears to redirect into some sort of webpage-roulette in which the options are:
- Continually “loading”
- Database errors
- A Facebook knockoff
- And what appears to be a link farm intended to boost the page rank of various adult websites that give off a strong “we’d like to sell your credit card number to Eastern European organized crime families” vibe.