March 13, 2006

PeerBackup Is No More. Meet DataCocoon.

As alluded to in the previous post, the Release Candidate release of my easy, automated backup application that went to the beta testers on Friday was the first to bear the name DataCocoon.

PeerBackup was always just a work-in-progress name; it doesn't mean anything to non-techie users (and it's aimed squarely at helping them keep their documents, photos, etc. safe) and due to its architecture shifting slightly during development, it's misleading to techies.

After much brainstorming, pondering, poring over dictionaries, and searching for domain names which weren't already taken ( is very useful for this kind of process, although I didn't buy the eventual domain through them), a shortlist of possibilities was sent out to a handful of carefully chosen non-techie beta testers.

Most of the possible names fell by the wayside early on in the voting, with DataCocoon seeing off two other strong contenders to emerge victorious and gain the honour of having its name engraved onto the title bar.

Posted by Adrian at March 13, 2006 10:53 AM | TrackBack

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Being cursed with the curiosity gene, I have to ask - what were the other options?

Posted by: Kate at March 14, 2006 12:35 PM

The others that did well were Forget About Backup and FarSafe. The worst were the ones which were words I "invented" through looking at Greek and Latin roots of related terms - they had a tendency to sound like medical products, so if anyone wants to buy a name for their latest miracle cure.... ;-)

Posted by: Adrian at March 14, 2006 05:38 PM
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