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.
Oh, never mind.
The point is that if I’m getting weary of retyping my domain name three times every dog blessed time I want to share it with someone, then there’s at least a small chance that others might be having the same difficulty. Sure I could teach my own devices to prefer my domain name, but with Windows and even Linux beginning to include system-wide spell checking, I think I’m safer just moving to a longer (and less likely to be corrected) domain name. At least now I’ll just send people to visit a graphic designer if the digital gnomes decide that my name ought to be transformed into a pleasing verb or overused comparative interjection.
So I welcome you to my new home on the interwebs.