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December 10, 2007

No Cat in the Hat for Web 2.0 Names

CatInTheHat.gifThere was time when Web 2.0 names were new and different. Today some of them are just strange.

The New York Times published an article on this topic with some great examples of silly Web 2.0 names. Here are just a few of them: Doostang, Wufoo, Bliin, Thoof, Meebo, Kudit, Raketu, Fark, Oyogi. It's hard to believe that one could remember any of these names.

In fact, more and more Web 2.0 names start to sound like Dr. Suess characters. And according to The Gelflog, the Gelf Magazine's blog, most of the actual Dr. Seuss names have been already turned into domain names.

Posted by William Lozito at December 10, 2007 9:31 AM
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The word Raketu (pronounce ra-ke-tu) is a declension form of the Czech word “rocket”. The sound of the word is also similar to pronunciation of the word “rocket” in Russian and Japanese. Please note that the word Raketu is NOT a mambo jumbo word. We chose this name not only because the visionary behind Raketu, G. Parker, is an astrophysicist, but also Raketu software will take communications and media the way we know it to another level.
The Raketu Team

Do users in Ohio know this? I think not. Raketu for the average non-Russian and non-Asian user sounds like, well, nothing. Maybe it has resonance in the Pacific rim, over here you may as well call it babbalas.Com (Afrikaans for "enough" or "hang over" or "crazy")

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