My DragonDrop has been around since 2000 AD. The about section of this site goes into more detail, but the main reason is that its a play on the words “drag and drop”. There’s also a connection to the Dragon area of Harrogate, of where we live. I’m not the only one who’s thought of this play on words. Malcolm Smith of DragonDrop.com got in there a couple of years before me with www.dragondrop.com : a software consultancy. I’ve tried contacting Mr Smith before – nill respondum. If you are reading this Malcolm, get in touch – you deserve a T-Shirt for being the first.
There’s heady number of games titled DragonDrop including this current KickStarter project called DragonDrop. I’m tempted to buy in, just for the T-Shirt. One of the other games by the same name from a few years ago, caused a massive spike in my visitor stats for a few weeks – due to it having a hidden Rickroll at the end of a YouTube video about said game. I had much fun with that for a while, along with half of the rest of the internet. They’ve taken it down for the UK audience now unfortunately.
Another nomenclature cross over, this time of a purely accidental verity, has been that of Space X’s Dragon space capsule. Particularly during testing – It ‘dropped’ back to earth after tests, which spawned a large number of articles containing “something something something, Dragon dropped back to Earth.”
The biggie at the moment though – a relative newcomer to the DragonDrop scene, is that of the DragonDrop App – a Mac based application that (apparently) makes dragging a dropping of files, easier. I’ve spoken with these guys over email and twitter and they are cool and verily, they are groovy. A soon to be husband and wife team, of which the he part of the him and her equation works for twitter. The twitter. He also works for DragonDrop (not ‘the’ DragonDrop), but a variant under a company called Shiny Plastic Bag. The DragonDrop App is the biggest contender to the #1 spot on google – we regularly trade the 1 and 2 spot for the phrase ‘dragondrop’. Ironically, by giving a link in this article, chances are (from what I know about the black arts of google) I’ve may have just handed them the number 1 spot, as there’s a uni directional, non reciprocal link thing going on. Having this article on my domain so heavily laced with authoritative DragonDrop information though, may tip the google scales my way.
The App/org thing can be confusing, but I think we’re finding that we’re in different spaces so it’s kind of working. I occasionally get cross pollination from his people, he possibly gets some of my people. Most of the time when I do get hapless DragonDrop App hunters in my space, I pat them on the head, and send them on their merry way.
What gets me though is – you don’t need a degree in marketing to work out that using an already heavily established name isn’t going to do you any favours when it comes to promoting or getting your name to the top of Google, and that it’s hardly rocket science to put the names you’ve thought up into Google to see what happens. Anyhoo – I’ve not trademarked DragonDrop, and it’s non commercial anyway but there’s perhaps a certain netiquette being broken. I feel almost as indignant and self righteous as Mr Smith about this at times.
Some other random highlights from the DragonDrop name of fame would include a fruit machine called DragonDrop, a recent book called Dragon Drop, and this game called DragonDrop where you literally drag and drop dragons onto a village and make them burn it. As far as theme tunes go, those guys win hands down.
There’s even other bloggers out there going under the DragonDrop name. There’s TheDragonDrop.com – but alas, they didn’t respond to my offer of free T Shirt in exchange for a photo offer. I’ve know about those guys for a few years, but Dragon Drop Inn I’ve only just found – last updated in 2009 by someone called Calisto. I really want to know what accent I should read the “holy hell I cant take this anymore” post with. I’ve tried Texan and Brummie so far.. both fit. I might go and ask him. Sounds like he needs cheering up.
So anyway – as you can see, there’s a fair few of us. If you’ve got a DragonDrop thing going on, drop me a comment or a mail and you might even get a free DragonDrop Adventure Club T-Shirt for your efforts. Thanks for DragonDropping by (you can use that if you like).