I was chatting with a friend of a friend last night who used to work as a patent application officer. He knows a little of the web, has one or two websites etc.
We got on to the topic of domain name variations and he expressed surprise that since I was using mysite.com I hadn't also bought mysite.net, mysite.org, mysite.co.uk etc.
My view was that buying lots of domain names for one site smacked of circa-2000, shortsighted "new economy" extravagance and that (it seems) it was precisely the premise on which the (relatively unpopular) .biz TLD registrar was founded (to make money from all those .com companies who felt the need to ringfence themselves). I didn't think you ought to have to buy all the other variations in order to protect your original online presence.
Anyway, he was adamant that I should cover my bases. What do you all think? Is it worth the annual outlay from now on for (possible) damage prevention in the future? And... where should I stop - if I buy mysite.co.uk, surely I would need mysite.co.au, mysite.co.nz, mysite.co.ca, mysite.co.us, mysite.co.za as well...? And then... mysite.co.hk, mysite.co.sg...?
Or should I just get mysite.net and mysite.org and be done?