What’s in a name?

In this interview,  Andrew Mason shares an interesting bit of web trivia: Groupon originally launched as a subdomain of The Point: groupon.thepoint.com.

After unsuccessfully attempting to buy groupon.com from an entrepreneur in England, they were finally able to get the owner to sell by enforcing their trademark rights.

It is interesting to think how many major web properties originally launched with a sub-optimal domain name: thefacebook.com, twttr.com, and playfoursquare.com come to mind. And both Google and Yahoo were both originally launched on the stanford network.

Any others to add to the list?

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