Whether you think Google+ is the next big thing or not, the one thing becoming clear on social networks is that your real identity matters online. When personal and business relationships are being forged online without people ever meeting in person, who you are and how you represent yourself online can often make or break the deal.
Go search for "yourname.com" right now...
When I search "danatan.com" I get some interesting results. First, I see that Dana Tan is a comic book character from DC Comics' Batman series. Cool! I also see a search result giving a link to my Twitter page, and a few other links to various videos, some me, some of a comic book character. Because DC Comics is fairly well known, and Dana Tan is a main character, I was really surprised to find that "danatan.com" was available. I bought it immediately.
Buying your name as a domain name protects your personal brand
If you buy your own personal domain name and develop it with good content, you can make sure your name is associated with stories and items that best define who you are.
Go search for your personal name as a domain right now. If it's available, buy it!
Not sure how to do that? Simply go to GoDaddy.com and type it in to search from their home page. If your domain name is not available, you can find out who owns it at WhoIs.com. If you can afford it, try to buy it from the person who owns it. This can be done by contacting the owner through their current registration company.
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