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February 7, 2012
We had a discussion when there was only 4 of us about whether our name should be the Rochester Maker Space or the Rochester Makerspace. "Maker Space" was chosen because a couple of us (especially me) thought it would be better for search engine optimization (SEO) and one person thought we could do something with the initials RMS.
Well, we're getting really close to giving our lawyer the go ahead to form our nonprofit corporation. We're not going to be able to change our name after we do that and I'm having some second thoughts about our choice. Both variations are used by other spaces but "makerspace" seems to be much more common. I've also been looking at the SEO angle again and I don't think it makes a bit of difference (although I could be wrong).
What do you think? I'm especially interested in hearing practical reasons for choosing one over the other.
June 23, 2012
I'm seeing it both ways. And, honestly, I don't think there are pros or cons to each side. I googled "maker space" and "makerspace" and got results both with and without the space between the words regardless of whether or not I typed it in to begin with.
The only difference I can think of is that makerspace looks more "trendy," like flickr or tumblr where people deliberately leave out letters. Maker Space seems more formal by comparison.
I'm ok sticking with what we have. I don't think it will seriously affect us either way.
The name isn't going to do a shred of difference for SEO nowadays. Back years ago when keyword spam actually mattered it might, but Google has put a lot of effort into their algorithms to avoid things like a space in a title from mattering. Modern SEO is more about making sure your content is humanly accessible, which is what Google likes.
Makerspace certainly seems more modern to me, I wouldn't say 'trendy' as it's not a recent trend, but it's more attuned to the last decade plus of naming convention. There's no real practical difference to it… If you were to write a custom website for it, then there's sometimes when you'll have to remove the space in some cases anyways and the capping might get confused or you'll have to go with maker-space or maker_space or something but that's the shittiest reason for picking a name I've ever come up with. Honestly I think it's just a feeling thing, Maker Space feels like a show from the 80's or a magazine to me.
November 12, 2012
When in doubt, I eschew whitespace in words. Makerspace is better. If we change our minds and want to visually project something a bit different, the name on the sign out fFront could have capital letters or bold emphasis to convey something where needed, like MakerSpace. But I don't see as a likely thing I'd want to do. "Makerspace" is just dandy.
February 7, 2012
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