So I thought I’d take a look to see what lofton domains might be available. Wow, pretty much everything is gone. I started doing web design in 96 and I should have registered the .com back then. It just did not occur to me to register a domain for my personal or professional needs. By the time I decided to register a domain the .com was gone. So I took the lofton.net domain in 2000. Since then, I check every now and again to see if lofton.com might be back on the market. I know it will never be available, but I check anyway. This time I thought I’d look into jimlofton.com. Gone! What’s worse, is it looks like some old guy has taken it and is posting yearbook photos and/or reunion photos. He is also keeping track of classmates who are deceased. Seems kind of odd to do on your personal site. There does not seem to be a way to contact him on his site so I checked whois and it came back with west virginia mailing address and a verizon email.
So here is the dilemma… Is it likely that someone may mistake this guy for me? On one hand I don’t think so, but because the guy has no info on the site it’s possible. The least he could do is put a regional location so that folks will know they have the West Virginia Jim Lofton and not the Chicago Jim Lofton. Actually there are two James Lofton’s in Chicago… I don’t know the other guy. I’m the Jim Lofton who started his career as a graphic designer and went to UIC and later Depaul. That should straighten things out… no? If you haven’t registered your name or have a domain that identifies you uniquely from all the other yous out there, you may want to check into that now.