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Don't get me wrong. I love and support The Pirate Bay... but... would it be possible to rename this project to something other than "openbay"?
I've poured the last two years of my life into my startup https://www.openbay.com which now has grown to 15 full time employees to whom I'm responsible.
I agree it's a great name, which is why we chose it over two years ago for our business. It's how our auto mechanics and customers have identified us for years.
SEO and brand recognition is an important part of our business and, as you could imagine, my inbox was flooded this morning with mentions of "openbay" that were not related to the business we've been growing. Quite disheartening, it was a rough morning :'(
I know this is a long shot... but please give it some consideration.
That's a bummer. :-|
@adambair With all respect your website needs some fixing. It's outrageous that I'm welcomed with:
Give me about page, give me details of what you do etc.
TPDream [The Pirate Dream]
It represents the archetype that The Pirate Bay sowed [analogy to torrent seeds] us after all this years, and makes a reference to a dream, a goal, that we aim and that will always persist no matter what authorities and governments do to destroy it. Dream also refers to something which is often related to the sky and the clouds, which is what this is all about, the internet, and sharing ideas.
+1 for OpenPB format.
@adambair I feel for this situation of taking his business name, but consider the boost of your name when people discover this name on the Web. Many people will just land in your page for a wrong path, but also they will discover your service. :-) If I was in your feet I will be tailoring my website at maximum to give to these users a very good impression of a service that existed before OpenBay born and has a nice relationship to their community.
Hey guys, I'm one of the other developers at www.openbay.com.
As Adam said, we've spent literally a couple of years trying to get our startup off the ground, and this really sucks for us. And I'm a fan of TPB - I've maybe even used it a few times :)
This isn't a case of some big corporation trying to exercise it's legal muscle to ward off bad PR, we're literally a few people running out of a co-working space in Cambridge, MA USA.
The thing that really sucks for us is SEO. Many users (especially older ones) have gotten in the habit of just typing "openbay" or "open bay" into google and not the URL bar - it's actually a pretty large percentage of our organic search hits. This happens even more when we're lucky enough to get any press. What those search engine users get for search results right now are a bunch of news sites about "piracy," which isn't a great thing, particularly for that demographic. It'll likely stay that way for a long time because it'll take a while for articles from the likes of Ars Technica and Techcrunch down on the search results.
So yeah, @joelwallis is right above - we did see a decent uptick in traffic when news of this project broke. But now it's back to normal - it's still a little early to tell if users are backing out when they hit the search results, but I can't imagine it won't have a negative impact.
It'd be so awesome of the project could be renamed out of the kindness of your hearts. We figured it wouldn't hurt to ask nicely. :/
[Plus if I get a vote OpenPirateBay sounds good
Hmm, I really think we should move away from PirateBay in the name, in fact, putting pirate in the name at all might not be the best idea. There might be people out there that want to use openbay for, for example, linux torrents. I think FreedomBay sounds pretty awesome, personally.