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Social Web Name Availability

Published 09/24/2010 and rated Ratingstars4 4 out of 5 stars
by AppAppeal Editor
What can you use the app for?

NameChecklist is an easy way to search for almost any kind of online name a user might want to use. From domain and vanity URL names to personal screen names, usernames, and brand names, NameChecklist allows visitors to seek out their desired moniker to determine if they are actually available in all the places they need to be. This is a great tool when making a marketing decision about name or when coming up with something clever and unique that you want to use on popular websites or as the URL for a personal site.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

The creators of NameChecklist wanted to create a tool that allows users to look for any kind of online name they may want to. It wasn’t long ago that a tool like this was not considered. Before the explosion of social networking sites and personal web spaces, most people would have performed a simple manual search. Things have changed quite a bit and now looking for a brand name or username through the many websites and URL variations would take a long time. NameChecklist was born as another way to streamline this process and make it easier for anyone that wants to own a specific name on the internet.

What are the differences to other apps?

The site design and functionality of NameChecklist make it stand a little higher than others. The look of the site is very professional and the search function is kept nice and simple. There are no fancy bells and whistles, but there really doesn’t need to be. Over complicating a tool like this will have a negative effect.

How does the web app look and feel to use?

The NameChecklist website features a rich orange and gray design with a soft blue background and clip board accents. The text, icons and buttons are well spaced so it is very easy to locate what a user needs on the site. No clutter gets in the way and even a novice user can find their way around NameChecklist with little problem. Although the site is simple, it still retains an air of professionalism that will entice business visitors.

How does the registration process work?

Sometimes, registration can actually make things a little more time consuming than they need to be. NameChecklist does not require any kind of user registration, and for a good reason. This type of feature does not require any additional information other than the user’s desired name. Forcing visitors to create an account would be overkill without additional features added. This in turn could deter new visitors from using NameChecklist. For the time being, the site has made a good decision to allow anyone to utilize the search function without signing up.

What does it cost to use the application?

NameChecklist is not the first of its kind, and will likely not be the last. This is a rather simple search function, although it saves users a tremendous amount of time. That being said, NameChecklist does not charge any kind of user membership fees or service fees for performing a search. Anyone can get the benefit of visiting NameChecklist without having to pay for the luxury (even if it is rather basic).

Who would you recommend the application to?

Anyone who is interested in creating their own website, marketing a brand, or creating a unique persona for use online can appreciate the service offered by NameChecklist. The free usage is very enticing for any kind of visitor. There are many different online venues to check for name availability, and NameChecklist makes it fast and easy for anyone that needs to know where they can and cannot register their desired name.

  • Search for their desired username, brand name, or URL without registering for an account
  • Review results from many popular sites, including Flickr, Google, Yahoo, and YouTube
  • Find out if their desired domain name is available
  • Select which category of listings to review
  • Connect with NameChecklist through Twitter, Facebook, and Delicious

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