What are yours and what was it you were thinking of doing with them?
I will start below...
Whatdeliversto.me and whatdeliverstome.com -- both intended to compete with GrubHub, but never happened.
Typemotion.com -- was a blogging platform that was actually pretty good. Got acquired for a small sum of money, then the buyers folded and gave the domain back. It's an odd story, but I've always liked the domain.
Governaut.com -- was a blog for awhile when I was a federal contractor. Had a site set up to act as a social network for other federal contractors and discuss common IT situations, work constraints, etc. Never got around to doing more than just the blog though, and never got traction.
Vaginawear.com -- bought while I was drunk. I remember there was a really good idea behind it, but that idea was nowhere to be found after I sobered up.
AppDiem.com -- Groupon for mobile apps. We were partnering with mobile developers to release on-sale apps, a new one each day for each target platform. Shuttered a year a more ago.
babylum.com -- Was designed to be just like leandomainsearch, as a side project. Then leandomainsearch launched,a nd babylum was no longer needed.
Then, there's the 'porn' domains. This was another drunk idea that I realized I didn't have the gumption to actually do when I was sober, and since I couldn't be expected to be drunk through the entire development process, eventually just realized that I'd not do anything with it. These domains are gold though (in a porny sort of way.)
- getnakedgetmoney.com, getnakedgetpaid.com, getnakedwinmoney.com -- I think the domains explain the business models.
Most of the developers we were scheduled to release ended up bailing to go to Amazon. I was the developer, and by launch day most of the heavy lifting was done (only took a couple weeks to build as I recall), but my partner was the marketing guy, and had all the relationships.
Right after we heard about Amazon's thing, he had some personal crises arise and ended up bailing. I don't fault him for it, as he had some decidedly real real-life family drama, but I wasn't even remotely equipped to handle the failure as I didn't know who had bailed or how to fix it.
No doubt that discovery is something that really could've changed the app space dynamics. Something similar happened at the place I used to work - a lot of top devs were reached out to by Amazon and they initially disallowed in app advertising. The developers complied and it caused a slight panic.
In all honesty though, I had little idea that was an actual thing. I figured it was just, y'know, parody of bedazzle. Maybe it's just me, but I can't see that being anything other than roll on the floor hilarious, and definitely not enticing.
To each their own I suppose.
This was going to be a file sharing service for businesses like design consultancies, it would enable them to Swap files with their clients and Send files to others.
This has been planned for many things, a blog about design and UX, the over arching name of a group of other websites, a web design and development consultancy.
This was going to be a project management tool for engineering and design firms, using the idea of issue trackers from software development and applying it to physical product development.
This is the project I have gotten furthest with, it was back in about 2007 I think, it was a social news aggregator along the same sort of lines a friendfeed.com. I actually launched this one but never attracted many users. I think I finally shut it down in about 2010.
cloudjs.co.uk (I thought I had the dot com but don’t seem to any more):
This was going to be what we now call a “platform as a service “, it never got further than me buying the domain name and researching SpiderMonkey (this was before V8).
If you are interested in any of them let me know, email is in my profile.
IIRC it was built in Django & supported about 10-11 services inc. Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Digg etc
The mejor flaw with the service was that you needed to get all you friends signed up to it as well in order to get them to enter all their accounts.
It was fun to make and I lernt allot building it...
ConstantAds.com -- A high-concept online advertising platform. It sold ads that never expired, with no pay-per-click or pay-per-impression costs. You paid a single fee up front, and then the ad was rotated among other ads in its category, relative to the amount paid.
FEREM.org -- Domain name was an acronym for Fund Ethical Research and Experimental Medicine. It was intended to provide a list of research and advocacy organizations and describe their positions on certain ethical issues. Never did much with it.
ParishNetwork.org -- A social network for members of Catholic parishes.
Truyoo.com -- Identify verification service that allowed sites that publish user content to weed out the trolls. Unfortunately, I never worked out a payment model that appealed to both publishers and users ... and Facebook's platform served the same purpose without requiring any sort of payment.
SearchGetaways.org -- Sort of like a Kayak for vacation rental listings.
RungJump.com -- People could write detailed descriptions of their jobs, and then potential job seekers could purchase access to those descriptions to get an inside look at a particular workplace. Payment model never worked out, and I found that it was more difficult than I thought it would be to get people to dish about their jobs.
Swap4Web.com -- The intent was to allow small businesses to swap goods or services in exchange for web hosting and web design services. Upon further reflection, I realized that there was only a small segment of the market that had goods or services that I actually wanted, and I didn't want to go through the hassle of reselling them.
* badnewsbunny.com - delivering bad news for people through a hand-puppet. Still think this one would be a laugh, but a lot of bad things happened around the time I started it, so don't want to touch it.
One of the most ironic things I think I've heard on this site.
Foodmyface.com - more generalized food ordering system, development payed for by the proceeds from makepizzahappen of course. Similar to how Jimmy Johns online ordering works, but for any restaurants that deliver.
Ohshitmyshit.com - not even sure. A place for posting awesome stuff? A place for posing about your broken stuff? A place for posting disturbing pictures of poop in the hopes that a medical professional will see them and tell you what is wrong with you?
brandvocates.com - brand + advocates = brandvocates :) great for a social media agency, again didn't get past idea stage
productapi.com - self-explanatory, was going to be somewhat of a amazon-style API of products, but with a "ship" function, grabbed this when I was working with drop-shippers and thought that there had to be a better way
affiliateapi.com - wanted to make a skimlinks-style platform, ended up (recently) with a open-sourced JS-library for GoDaddy affiliate links
giftify.com - send a virtual gift through FB, and the real one arrives at the recipient's door (launched shortly after the FB platform became available, shipped approx 20 orders)
dealreel.com - curate your own list of daily deals from Groupon, etc. and publish it for your friends and followers, wanted to address the fact most deals are crap and there are a select few power users that do look at every deal, wanted to put them to work to find worthwhile deals for the masses, Yipit is doing something cool w.r.t this idea based on normalized sales data: http://blog.yipit.com/2011/08/05/introducing-trending-daily-...
dnsrecipes.com - central wiki w/API listing all the cloud services out there and the DNS settings required to make them work, essentially helping non-techies tie their Google Apps, Tumblr, UServoice, etc. services to their domain in a consistent and visual way, still want to do this at some point as my buddies bug me all the time to do this shit work
logocaster.com - auto-generates an infinite canvas of logo variations (much like the entries page on 99designs) and let's a user refine their logo design based on parameters like color, font-face, emotion, etc.
autowatermark.com - automatically watermark images uploaded to social networks, sadly this is not possible via FB's API or others :(
I'm probably as guilty as any fellow HN'ers of being trigger happy on domain registration when struck by a moment of inspiration. I am happy to see some of the great & fun domains & ideas popping up in this post.
* hippo.io - Reminders that actually worked with you instead of beating you over the head.
* fubar.io - An error tracking service that didn't suck.
* sharing.io - Sharing buttons as a service. We maintain them for you so you don't have to worry about having a MySpace button on your site in 2012.
* keys.io - Hosted software key authentication.
* tele.io - Hosted, simple phone trees for small businesses.
I actually have a lot of code for hippo, fubar, and tele. Sad I never pushed them through.
Willing to sell any of these domains, btw. Don't need them now. E-mail's in my profile.
fanatastic.com - A sports site, something like digg or reddit focused specifically on sports. I was going to allow users to pick their favorite teams and then have a feed of info about that. The social aspect would be interesting, ie: both Cowboys and Redskins fans would see the same story and comments which could create either interesting or volatile comments. Eventually I was going to offer interactive chat about games as they are happening.
mygdnews.com - first domain I picked up for the fanatastic.com idea
myidid.com - a task management software, basically a done list with todo list features. I've actually got a better idea for a domain name for this that's available and may actually work on this during my vacation. It's a tool I have a personal need for.
twnote and choip.me - were to similar Twitter based tools. Basically commenting for tweets.
and some that I have worked on but are not startups (yet, if ever based on current life)
unscatter.com - It's seen several iterations. Currently it's a current information search. Basically brings up information from blekko, twitter, facebook and g+ for search terms with results ordered by date rather than relevance.
chatfor.us (and chtfr.us) - real time chat engine. Currently focused on Twitter ( it works ) but my goal is to eventually allow more authentication sources. For those times when you want to have that quick chat with someone but don't exactly want to establish that relationship by adding them to IM, following them on Twitter or Facebook, etc etc.
Pinterest for pies. (Just kidding. I don't remember why I bought it, but I did.)
I was going to build TV apps to get in on the coming disruption of television. Still waiting to see where TV goes.
A content aggregator for stuff in you Dropbox. Basically a way for digital creatives to share their work.
An algorithm API marketplace. Programmers expose algorithms and other programmers pay per request to use them in their apps.
If any of these excite you, drop me a line.
umwut.com - A new kind of commenting site (not just link sharing) where rooms can be created. The great thing was the live system that was very intuitive to jump around many new comments in many threads very easily.
forsook.org (and forsook-lang.org/com) - A language/parser framework that transpiles to Java. The key is that you can easily add pieces basically allowing you to create your own language by checking checkboxes (still in the works).
sqlchop.com - Basically a free version of transaction-log-based CDC because I got tired of paying Attunity.
yocalist.com - A HTML5/Canvas based karaoke system that anyone can easily use and allows you to overlay your own lyrics onto embedded videos from other sites (e.g. youtube)
feedcache.com/feedcache.net - QOS for RSS. Idea was to cache every RSS feed and their associated enclosures, etc. and make them available via API so that application developers had certainty that they could retrieve the content from the feed when they needed it. circa 2003/2004ish. Internet infrastructure sorta caught up to the idea pretty quickly and we also realized that it was too hard to compete by just providing QOS on content that a) didn't belong to us and b) was freely (usually) elsewhere.
I literally have hundreds of others, and these two are my favorites...
* see.io - some kind of visual sharing site, maybe? Or a dating site for CIOs ;)
* join.as - no idea even when I bought it...
I'd sell any of these if someone's interested.
1orZero.com - think Hot or Not, but a much simpler scale. Would you or wouldn't you...
clanbo.com - (The name is awful, I didn't come up with it) It was a free game server hosting service which also provided premium accounts. It got quite a bit of traffic and made me a little money back when I was 16 but the effort to return ratio is pretty low and in such a competitive area it would be hard to make it into anything worthwhile.
These two domains and sites are available for sell if anyone is interested.
Full source can be provided on both. Clanbo.com fully functional and ready to host both TS2 and TS3 servers.
AnswerBeak.com - search
CherishSteveJobs.com - self explanatory
WhyDoYouLike.Me - he he
I stopped right before I began development because I decided to partner with a friend on another idea called felpme.com
a Groupon for affiliate marketing offers;
a service where SaaS could exchange cookie information about their paying members and use that information to target display advertising on ad exchanges;
a service where you could write an essay/blogpost and ask friends to review it;
Most of these are offline now.
- uneducation.net - a network for learning things a more disorganised way.
guzloo.com - Didn't buy it for any particular use. I purchased it because I found the name short & funny. As of now, it is hosting a useless unmaintained php site that I made on a weekend.
howiuse.it: Was going to build a site for sharing tips on how to use software. i.e. how I use evernote for a paperless office, etc.
Willing to sell domains as well, I have finally found focus. :)
* lectur.as - News aggregator
* visteme.com - dressings
* betterlater.com - read it later url bookmarking
postiquette.com simple social media updating webapp (similar to ping)
printive.com online pdf generator service
podsender.com podcast hosting and streaming service
substitweet.com for a twitter service (still on my todo list)
P.S. If you have some cool ideas for any of those, drop me a note, I could sell some.
* picscri.be - for some sort of picture-based app. also picscribe.com.
digestr.com - some crazy idea similar to Yahoo pipes
zedhub.com - don't even remember what it was supposed to be ;)
caree.rs - Hiring platform for companies
talkto.me - Chat
I don't know if I should still hold on to these or sell.
medicaresetaside.us for medicare cms system
examinationundearoath.us cms to manage examinations
There are a few other's in this space as well you should contact Pair or one of them in this space, and see if they might want to acquire it :)
betzap.com - crowdsourced betting tips
yet another humor site.
vendorvote.com: angie's list for b2b
mansworstenemy.com: dictators & oil spills
at duke basketball games they pass out a paper detailing all the chants they're going to do
The How to Root app - eveyone chant (whatever) now!
I have always wanted to build this where people can create interactive resumes and not just old style boring word document resume. Got some ideas but never formalized so far. I still own the domain though :)
Weight loss contests using withings scales and their apis