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February 23, 2011, 03:56:46 PM
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A Bitcoin Address "DNS"


A friend who's brand new to Bitcoin handed me a tiny piece of paper yesterday.  He said, "Here's my Bitcoin address."  It contained his Bitcoin address in about 6 point type, printed on paper.  Smiley

I smiled and handed it back to him.  Obviously, he hadn't TIT, as I always say (Think It Through.... or Thought It Through).

A Better Idea for BitcoinAddress.com

I thought of this idea just now...

Adding a shorthand nickname to the BitcoinAddress.com directory.... and it be sorted by that.

So, if I go by "plankhead" all over the internet, I can be listed as plankhead on BitcoinAddress.com

This way, people could potentially prA int on their business card...

Email:  zack@plankhead.com
Telephone:  646-555-4321
Bitcoin:  plankhead

By default, I would give people (1) their top level domain - like eff or epicchange - or (2) their bitcoin forum handle - brucewagner

Not sure how I'll handle other requests.  Perhaps a registration fee that goes entirely to the Bitcoin Foundation, to be used for Bitcoin promotion, advertising, and evangelizing.
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February 23, 2011, 04:15:14 PM
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I prefer

btc://sumchancer.com/youraccount

send me money.

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February 23, 2011, 04:22:26 PM
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This way, people could potentially prA int on their business card...

Email:  zack@plankhead.com
Telephone:  646-555-4321
Bitcoin:  plankhead
Wouldn't it work better to link the bitcoin address to their email address rather than needing to use a nickname?
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February 23, 2011, 05:04:06 PM
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So, if I go by "plankhead" all over the internet, I can be listed as plankhead on BitcoinAddress.com
You could even use real DNS with NAPTR records with e.g. the nickname or the email address as the ‘key’.  Let's say we have nickname plankhead and the email address plankhead@example.com:

Code:
$ dig naptr plankhead.bitcoinaddress.com +short
10 100 "u" "E2U+bitcoin" "!^(.*)$!bitcoin://1tmOThuWMaTJfpA1YAFo1wEf3f6F11N1g7!" .
10 100 "u" "E2U+email" "!^.*$!mailto:plankhead@example.com!" .
$ dig naptr plankhead.example.com.bitcoinaddress.com +short
10 100 "u" "E2U+bitcoin" "!^(.*)$!bitcoin://1tmOThuWMaTJfpA1YAFo1wEf3f6F11N1g7!" .
10 100 "u" "E2U+email" "!^.*$!mailto:plankhead@example.com!" .
$

This is similar to how you look up E164 ENUMs for use with VoIP, and you could store all sorts of information in separate NAPTR records for each entry.

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February 23, 2011, 05:36:33 PM
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More easily, you could always put your address on your profile page at your social network of choice.

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Check out bitcoinity.org and Ripple.

Shameless display of my bitcoin address:
1Hio4bqPUZnhr2SWi4WgsnVU1ph3EkusvH
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February 23, 2011, 05:47:33 PM
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More easily, you could always put your address on your profile page at your social network of choice.
That's easy for the individual user (e.g., plankhead), but where do I find plankhead's address?

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February 23, 2011, 06:28:15 PM
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This is a very good idea.
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February 23, 2011, 06:46:24 PM
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That's easy for the individual user (e.g., plankhead), but where do I find plankhead's address?

Cheers,

You ask him.

Use my Trade Hill referral code: TH-R11519

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February 23, 2011, 07:00:46 PM
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This is not a new idea.

One could put a bitcoin address inside a TXT record, for example.


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February 23, 2011, 07:17:03 PM
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This is not a new idea.
Sure not.

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One could put a bitcoin address inside a TXT record, for example.
That's correct, but NAPTRs are built to map all sorts of address information.

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February 23, 2011, 08:01:37 PM
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Do you really want the government secretly ordering your Bitcoin address DNS record to be changed to an address they control?

Maybe this would be a good idea once we have a distributed DNS system. Smiley
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