Today, politicians are realizing how important a social media presence is and the impact it has on the younger generation of Americans. Unfortunately for some, they’re realizing this a little too late. Recently TIME reported in Hallowed Be Thy Name: Ron Paul Tries to Retrieve RonPaul.com that Ron Paul is miffed at some of his supporters for stealing his domain name. The article stated, “He’d like for his command center to be RonPaul.com. But right now, that domain name is owned by a cohort of his supporters, who since 2008 have used the address to post Paul-related news.” Even though it is his name, it doesn’t seem likely that they will give up the web address. Sorry Mr. Paul – it seems it is too little too late when it comes to your own domain name.
At first I thought it seemed a little over the top to purchase my own domain name. I’m only a student and who knows how much I’ll be able to utilize it properly between school and interning? However, my teacher had my class purchase our domain names (our blog platform of choice of WordPress) last semester and I’m very happy I did. Not only does it give me a professional platform to upload writing samples and blog posts, but it’s one of the first sites that pops up when an employer searches my name in – rather than that embarrassing Facebook picture from 7th grade.
Even though I was skeptical at first as well, I’d encourage everyone to purchase their domain name no matter what age you are. It can only benefit you in assisting with the career path of your choice and serving as a place for you to showcase your work. When you hit it big some day and you certainly don’t want fans (or haters) to own your site before you do. When it comes to domain names, even if you can’t make the most of it now, buy it before it’s gone. You never know who will own your name online instead of you.