It’s definitely worth it in the long run! “Hyperdev” was a pretty cool name and (even not knowing the Russian slur till now) I wasn’t sure “Gomix” was an improvement. But getting glitch.com from the Slack folks is an opportunity you can’t pass up! And it’s adorably self-deprecating. And the Glitch folks said they won’t change the name again so all’s well that ends well!
PS: I actually wrote a kinda popular article years ago on naming things (“Nominology”) so now I’m curious how the 3 names fare…
The desiderata are:
- EVOC – Evocativity – Conveys at least a hint of what it’s naming
- BREV – Brevity – Shorter = better
- GREP – Greppability – Not a substring of common words
- GOOG – Googlability – Reasonably unique and/or domain name available
- PRON – Pronounceability – You can read it out loud when you see it
- SPEL – Spellability – You know how it’s spelled when you hear it
- VERB – Verbability – The name (or variant thereof) can be used as a verb
And here’s the answer: https://nom.glitch.me/
I guess they all do pretty well by those criteria! I know “Hyperdev” was deemed too nerdy or not emphasizing the focus on non-developers, which makes sense. Glitch’s collision with the existing English word may be mildly inconvenient (like for web searches and news alerts, or just grepping when writing about Glitch) but worth it, especially having the “glitch.com” domain. “Gomix” was arguably the most verbable because it was already technically a complete sentence. But I don’t think I’d have ever actually verbed it that way. I can totally see myself talking about glitching something up. (:
So, yeah, great work on naming!