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It feels good to have a productive week 😊

Some weeks are good, some weeks are bad.

This week was definitely a good one, I was super productive and added a ton of new features to namy.ai 🥳

Here's a list of everything new:

  • new frontpage with better copy & better displayed domains
  • filter to hide taken domains
  • widget to instantly check if a domain is available
  • ability to favorite domains and save them for later viewing
  • twitter tab
  • api tab

Plus a lot of restructuring in the backend that's not immediately visible.

NEXT STEPS: New & improved AI model, twitter bot, expanded affiliates.

Onwards!

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    Interesting product. I'm curious - there is some sense out there that if one searches for a domain then places like GoDaddy - will spider that search and then register the domain. I don't know if that's true anymore, but if it is, is your service helping bigger players find decent domains? Or, is this not worth worrying about?

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      Nope, not at all. I do store queries in the database, but that's for seeing how people write their prompts and optimizing the ML model for it (so that future models give better results. I want to significantly improve on the AI model, it's still in the early stages).

      I don't sell any of the information to third parties; the only monetization model is affiliate registration links (so if you register a 10$ domain on namecheap, namy.ai would get a 15% of that).

      Apart from that, the whole point of namy is to offer you TONS of domain name suggestions; they're automatically generated. Registering all those would be completely nonsensical.

      But good question! I think with namy and future projects I build, one of my main objectives is to be transparent and to align monetization model with user interests. I write a bit about that in the /about page, but basically I think that's one of the core tenets to "not be evil". If there is no incentive to act against user interests, then it's not a thing that is likely to happen.

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        I wasn't concerned about anything you were doing - except possibly how it might affect GoDaddy's behavior and the way it scoops up domains. Thanks for your response and good luck with your product!

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    Great job man! Wanted to ask, what is your Twitter bot going to do?

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      So there's two things I want it to do:

      1. Tweet daily Domain ideas.
      • maybe generate 1000 domains, and algorithmic ally choose the best and tweet those
      1. Have it so that if you mention @namy_ai in a tweet, then it uses that as a "prompt" for the ai model and replies with available domain suggestions.

      My idea was that both these features aren't complicated to build, and they both could help with marketing/virality a lot.

      What do you think? Sounds useful or like a waste of dev time?

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        Yeah, it sounds like something that would help people and at the same time help your product get more exposure. Go for it!

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    Great improvements. This is awesome. Keep grinding! ⭐

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    Nice work, keep it up! 👍

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      Thanks Steven! Hope you had a good week too <3

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        It was ok... could have been better. To be honest, when I saw your post my reaction was "Shoot, it's Friday already?!"

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          ༼ つ ◕_◕ ༽つ

          There's always next week.

          And tbh I didn't even notice it was Friday until I checked the calendar when posting this 😂😂

          That's what summertime and vacations do to you.

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            I see you're at Harvard – what house? I'm class of 2001, Leverett. (Yeah, I'm old). It's awesome that you're building cool stuff as an undergrad.

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              I'm not in the College, I'm doing my degree through the extension school - which is why i have time for other stuff (the extension exclusive courses tend to be lower load).

              My academic path is a bit complicated, I actually started as a mech engineer in Germany, then quit that to work as a self learned software dev, and then quit that job to build stuff on my own and to actually finish my degree.

              Harvard has honestly been really fun, and especially all the activities and clubs surrounding it. Great uni.

              EDIT: Technically I'm still an undergrad, but since I already have almost 2 years of work experience I'd say my situation is a bit different

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                Everyone's path is different. I started off in CS as an undergrad but I hated the classes so much I switched to Econ and then worked in finance/investing for 14 years, after which point I realized I didn't really enjoy it – re-taught myself how to code, and have been working on indie hacker projects/companies for the last 6. As long as you eventually find your way, that's what important!

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    Congrats, always feels good to have an accomplishing week!

    I love the project by the way, the design is really cool, and I will definitely make use of it for my future projects!

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      Thanks joe! Super kind words 😊

      If you want to shoot me an email when you actually buy a domain that'd be awesome. I'm always happy to hear about people finding what I build useful :D

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