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I'm still doing it.
Only now I'm a bit more adept a divining the future and choosing my targets with a bit more accrued wisdom.
Do you do it too?
One thing that's nice to know: If you choose wisely you know that in a few years what once wasn't all that obvious will make you look like you were really smart.
Just like those jokers who were really smart in 1995, 1996, 1997 . . .
There's still room and time to be smart.
Trend analysis anyone?
"Plastics . . . . "
Nah, but it's a great line.
Put on your futurist hat and go domaining.
"Software . . . . "
"Voice reponse . . IVP . . ."
"Self help, self service . . . "
Remember: Stay generic and stay out of trouble.
A domain name I registered in 2006 for $7, turned into a sedo sale for $700 this week. I just happened to read a cool news story and registered a generic name associated with the story.
It doesn't work all the time and since I'm more of a web developer than a domainer (although I like both hats), I usually have a website idea in mind when I register a domain.
Bio-sector, robotics, and wireless AI trends have a ton of futures potential. Some of it exists in basic form. Lot of it doesn't yet exist, or is currently being developed. And when it comes down to brass tacks, having a healthy imagination can yield some intriguing possibilities.