21 Geo-Social Media Domains You Can Register Today

It’s been a while since I’ve posted some unregistered domains your can get your grubby little domaining mitts on.

Here’s 21 {geo}socialmedia.com domains you can register today:


Have at ’em.

Chicken Stew & Dumplings

chicken and dumplings1.25 lbs chicken breast (2 large halves)

2 cups chicken stock
1 10oz jar turkey gravy (or 1.25 cups homemade gravy)
1 can cream of chicken soup
2 large potatoes 1″ diced
1 onion diced
1 tablespoon butter
3/4 cup frozen peas
3-4 carrots 1″ chop or 1/2 bag baby carrots, halved
1 can Grands Biscuits
4 bay leaves

Step 1 can be skipped and the breasts cooked in the slow cooker, but avoid the taste test in step 7. I like to poach the chicken first so it is falling apart tender at serving time.

    1. Add chicken breasts, 2 bay leaves, 1/4 of the onion to a deep pan. Cover to top of chicken with water, bring to a boil and poach for 15-20 minutes until chicken cooked through.
    1. While the chicken is poaching, dice the vegetables and add to slow-cooker.
    1. When the chicken is cooked. Shred or 1″ dice and add to slow-cooker.
    1. Add remaining bay leaves.
    1. Add turkey gravy, cream of chicken soup, chicken stock and butter.
    1. Set slow cooker to low and cook for 6-8 hours.
    1. After 3 hours in cooker, taste the sauce and add salt and pepper to taste.
    1. 45 minutes prior to serving. open the can of biscuits, tear or cut in pieces and add to stew.

The Dirty Secret of Google Apps

Before you click that submit button to sign up for Google Apps for your domain, burn this into your brain right now:

If you ever think about letting your domain expire, this doesn’t destroy your Google Apps account. You must cancel this service as well.

Any future registrant of your domain, if they determine you had Google Apps – and it is a trivial process – all it takes is a couple of days and they will have full control of whatever information resided there – which includes Google Apps email archives, Google App Docs and more.

I don’t blame Google for this, this isn’t a hit piece on them and they shouldn’t be policing the expiration of domain names from Google Apps accounts.

It is no secret that I buy and sell domains. I’m not as active as I once was, but I still browse the drop lists for expired domains and actively search new domains with keywords of up-and-coming business/tech and terms in the news.

In the last 6 months alone, I’ve picked up 3 domains1 that I realized, after the fact, had Google Apps accounts configured. Between those 3 domains, and before I deleted the Google Apps accounts, I had access to 37 email accounts and their archives. A cursory look through a few of those accounts and assuming people lagged behind in changing the email address associated with their accounts, I could have likely found a way to access:

  • Cell Phone Accounts
  • LinkedIn Profiles
  • Facebook & Twitter Acccounts
  • Affiliate Network Accounts
  • An Ashley Madison Account (hmmm)2
  • Business Plans
  • Apple ID & iTunes Account
  • Hundreds of Contacts
  • And more, you get the idea

Like I said, I deleted the accounts associated with these domains. Mainly because I would hope someone would do the same for me, but also because there was some temptation to dig for some competitive information that I didn’t feel right doing. I removed the temptation and kept the ethical compass pointing north, mostly north.

Before you let any domain expire, audit its past usage and clean up the loose ends so they don’t come back to bite you.

1 Don’t ask, I’m not revealing which domains they were.
2 A married, and from what I gathered, a prominent business person in his city.

spanish bungalow

Spain (another misdirected email)

This is a continuing series of misdirected emails to my inbox.

Hi, you may be surprised to learn that we are downsizing and moving to Spain. We found this bung. at a silly price near Dolores (Alicante). It is a little inland, away from the concrete It is one of a group of 9 similar places all occupied by Brits. All legal, no further development allowed. It is very secluded and we drive up an amazing avenue of palm trees to get to it. On our visits to Spain we have noticed how much cheaper most things are, food in particular. There seems to be much more English spoken and the attitude of traders is usually helpful. So we are selling off bits and pieces in all directions mostly on le Bon Coin. Sorry we don’t seem to have heard from you since you had pool pump problems. Trust you got that sorted! We finally got our non paying tenant out, what a relief, but we are owed considerable monies which we don’t expect to recover! Regards Dave & Michele.

spanish bungalow

Emails From Tom: Moms Birthday

(This guy keeps emailing me thinking he is sending this to someone else, so until he stops, I publish, details scrubbed of course.)

Moms Birthday

Thanks to all of you for loving Mom yesterday. She had a wonderful day and was blessed to spend time with each of you either in person or on the phone. FYI: Stephen and Emily have another item to add to their wedding gift list (phone voice lessons). Between their giggles, laughing and false starts we had a good laugh when they called and sang to Mom. We returned home last night about 9:00 or so and after a couple of phone calls went to bed. She mentioned more than once and again as well fell asleep how much she felt loved, what a great day she had and what a wonderful job she had as a mother.

Keep Shining,

I Love you all dearly



Kindle Fire Jailbreak

Amazon launched the Kindle Fire today. Who will be the first to have a Kindle Fire Jailbreak?

It is a pretty slick little tablet. I can totally see a world where it compliments my iPad. Thus, I preordered the Amazon Kindle Fire. I wonder how much attention it will get from the jailbreak community? At first glance, should be pretty straight-forward as an Android device.

Kindle Fire Jailbreak

Happy New Year

What are your resolutions in 2011?

Me, I really need to flex my writing muscles again. The demands of kids and work have cut in to my time, but that shouldn’t be an excuse.

So, since I publish on five separate sites, I’m looking to generate at least 365 new posts in 2011 with Clicks&Bits serving as the repository and pointer list. I need to check, but in 2010, I’m guessing I was more along the lines of about one post every couple weeks over the five sites. I suppose Twitter was the biggest reason I stopped posting, much easier to through a thought out in 140 characters. If you want to follow me: @shartley for my personal stuff & @shawnhartley for my AdPulp-related audience.

How about other resolutions? I’ve never been big using the New Year to make resolutions, instead striving to improve throughout the year, but in the spirit of generating content and putting out some things to keep me focused:

  • Lose weight. Doesn’t everyone list this? I’ve put on about 40lbs the last 3 years. I’d like to lose that to get me back to something I’m comfortable with, but could stand to double that loss (and get me back to my before-the-turn-of-the-century days.
  • Get back on the mountain bike again. Before kids, and back-in-the-day I used to ride over 150 miles a week.
  • Spend more time outdoors. Used to hike and camp, haven’t done that since I got married. I really need to get back in touch with nature.
  • Disconnect from the machines (laptop, smartphone, email). Not sure if this is a symptom of the above or a cause of it. I don’t seem to have any issues unplugging for a few days here and there, but I do have a problem turning to the machines out of boredom.
  • Get back to doing some design work. I’ve slacked quite a bit on both design and CSS development. Managing, business development and focusing on strategy have sucked away my design time. Need to get back to that, if at least to keep my knowledge level in check.
  • Domain Names. I’ve mentioned a few times that I’ve slimmed my holdings. I’m not *planning* on growing this out again, but I do need to keep my eyes open for opportunities.

One down, 365 to go, eh.

25 Tourism .ORG Domains

I like tourism sites. Often times, a quick development process with a small bit of research can result in site that has a relatively low-effort revenue stream or site that is easily flippable on the developed site market. .Org sites are often lucrative in this market as many states and tourist destinations have based “official” sites off of the .org extension.

Here are 25 sites currently available for registration including 15 State sites. Go get ’em: