Domain Finder is not your usual domain search engine that performs a search on the word that you type in by appending different domain extensions to it. It is also not one of those domain services that append suffixes or prefixes to the domain name. It actually provides a pretty unique domain search.
It searches for domains that make use of both the domain name, subdomains, the extension and directories to create a del.icio.us-like domain name. In the case of del.icio.us del is the subdomain, icio the domain name and us the domain extension. The creating of those fun names is blazing fast and makes heavy use of Ajax to avoid page loading times.
One thing that's missing however are actual look ups if the domain name can be registered. Domain finder presents all possible domain name combinations even if they have already been registered.
It would be nice if the look-up would be included. Another option that would fit well would be to link directly to some domain registrants to register the domain name if the look-up revealed that it was still available.
Update: Domain Finder is still available as a service on the Internet. The craze for fragmented domain names has cooled off though, and you rarely find new services with these names anymore.
It needs to be noted that the service works best for very short names, and especially so for one letter names. It does not work at all for large word combinations as it suggests domain names and directories that would be to long to be practicable.
Users have the option to enter their email address to get the report send to them by email. It should not be necessary though as it is equally possible to copy and paste the domain suggestions from the page once they are displayed.
Domains that use subdomain, domain and domain extensions to build words or phrases are not that popular anymore. Delicious for instance moved to delicious.com, and one of the core reasons for that is likely that it is difficult to remember those domain names, at least in comparison to domain names that use only one dot as a separator.
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