Okay hoopers, I need your help.
I have been going by the name Hoop Bug for almost 4 years now and have been in business for 3 years (www.hoopbug.com). I have a logo and paid $ to have an identity package designed by a graphic designer.
I have found another girl who within the last year is also using this name (I'm guessing she didn't do any research first). I've registered this name with Hooping.org (they have a name list that ALL hoopers cross reference b4 coming up with a stage name). I also go by this name on You Tube (been posting videos there for 4 years). I've sent her a friend request here which she's not responded to. I can't figure out how to message her on here. I also tried messaging her through You Tube (no message option there either). I did post a comment on You Tube (was reluctant, but no other option was available) but it didn't automatically post so I'm guessing she has to approve comments first. I'm hoping she sees it or sees this forum post.
I don't want her to get mad at me or start anything nasty.
Any suggestions on what to do at this point?
I like this idea too. Thanks for sharing all the info. :)
Thanks for the info Bearclaw. I will keep it all in mind. I think what it comes down to for me...is just the old fashion idea of "do unto others". I asked her nicely to not use it so I hope she'll be nice back. In my experience I've come across some really nice and courteous hoopers in the last 7 years so I'm hoping this will turn out to be no big deal. If someone asked me (and they did) then I'd stop using it. Just because they asked nicely, but if they were nasty....heck, I'd probably still give up the name. It just makes for good karma. Thanks for everyone's input. Have a great week and ENJOY hooping. :)
Well, if you're planning on building any kind of business, yes, it's a great idea to be as different as possible from your competitors, at least in terms of recognition. That whole pixie hoops thing came up when people looking for one of the entities found yt/pixie-hoops with a couple videos up and yt/pixiehoops with nothing up. so they figured that pixie-hoops was what they were looking for.
Also in that case where was a question of activity. It's one thing to stake out a name, and then USE it regularly, it's a whole different thing to register on hooping.org open a website and post NOTHING for 3 years.
In my world, bearclaw.com is owned by John McTeirnan (the director of Die Hard). He's had it for a decade. He won't sell it, and there's NOTHING there. Just a 'free parking' page. grrrrrr.