Story Time... How myLot Was Almost Named Something Else

On The Lot
Kansas City, Missouri
October 24, 2017 1:38pm CST
I noticed the discussion about myLot's name origin recently, and felt like it would be fun to share a story that's been kept secret for over a decade and never been told before. So here goes... Back in 2006 when myLot was still just an idea with no website, we had the name narrowed down to a couple of options. One of them was myLot, but it was NOT the first choice! You see, the first choice for this project was actually theLot, and we even owned the domain name thelot.com. I can't remember exactly how much we paid, but since the domain was already owned by someone else, we had to pay a fairly significant amount to acquire the domain. Meanwhile, back in 2006, television was nearing the end of the Reality TV explosion fueled by the hit reality show "Survivor" which premiered six years earlier. Mark Burnett was the producer of Survivor. In an effort to try and produce another hit TV show and capitalize some more on the reality tv trend, he partnered with Steven Spielberg to create another reality show - this time featuring filmmakers competing in weekly elimination competitions. What does this have to do with myLot? Well, the name of that Burnett/Spielberg TV show was "On the Lot", and they needed a domain name for their show. For whatever reason, they liked "thelot.com" better than "onthelot.com" and approached us wanting to buy "thelot.com" just a couple weeks after we had just bought it from someone else. We weren't really interested in selling (we had just bought the domain!), but our website hadn't even launched yet, and they ended up making us an offer we couldn't refuse. So we sold thelot.com to the Hollywood studio, and went with our next choice... mylot.com, officially naming it myLot! "On the Lot" aired in 2007 was met with negative reviews and low ratings, and was ultimately cancelled after only one season. But myLot is still alive and kicking over 10 years later! To this day though, the domain name "thelot.com" still redirects to ParamountStudios.com
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74 responses
@amadeo (111948)
• United States
24 Oct 17
yes it is very cool there.Thank you for taking the time out to explain.This.
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@vandana7 (99222)
• India
25 Oct 17
I was delighted about it...honestly because we scored over the great Spielberg. I saw Jaws and started getting those nightmares regularly. So never went to Jurassic Park set. Because of my nightmares, this seems like a good punch at him.
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• United States
25 Oct 17
@amadeo Yes I agree thank you for taking the time out to explain. Appreciate it very much.
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@amadeo (111948)
• United States
25 Oct 17
@vandana7 I love both of the movies there.
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@TheHorse (207863)
• Walnut Creek, California
25 Oct 17
That's an interesting story. Gotta love those "offers you can't refuse" when deep pockets people are involved. I don't even know what "MyLot" really means. But I enjoy the site.
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@ptrikha_2 (45680)
• India
25 Oct 17
@TheHorse yes "offers you can't refuse" is quite interesting!
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@vandana7 (99222)
• India
25 Oct 17
And I love troubling everybody here as and when I can. lol
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@TheHorse (207863)
• Walnut Creek, California
25 Oct 17
@vandana7 Yes, I'm aware of that.
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@owlwings (43915)
• Cambridge, England
24 Oct 17
Thank you for this very illuminating piece of history! I was only yesterday listening to a broadcast by an English actor, Jon Pertwee, describing how he was the second choice for Dr Who (the third one, I think) and also how he turned down the role of Captain Mainwaring in "Dad's Army", meaning that Arthur Lowe took the role (probably, in hindsight, a far better choice).
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@LadyDuck (461235)
• Switzerland
25 Oct 17
Thanks for this interesting story, that proves how much the luck is important to start a business. Thanks to @MALUSE for suggesting.
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@vandana7 (99222)
• India
25 Oct 17
And they said knowledge and hardwork is all that is needed...
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@LadyDuck (461235)
• Switzerland
25 Oct 17
@vandana7 Who said that? There are many researchers who said that "luck" is one of the element of success.
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@JudyEv (327428)
• Rockingham, Australia
25 Oct 17
I love 'offers you can't refuse'. I wish there were more of them.
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@vandana7 (99222)
• India
25 Oct 17
They seem to bypass me..
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@JudyEv (327428)
• Rockingham, Australia
25 Oct 17
@vandana7 We stayed behind on an airline once when they had overbooked and the compensation paid for the airfare. That was pretty neat.
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@ptrikha_2 (45680)
• India
25 Oct 17
@vandana7 No If I offer you Samosa(Indian fried snack) and Jalebi(Fried sweet) for free, it will also qualify as "offers you can't refuse"
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@Daljinder (23236)
• Bangalore, India
24 Oct 17
Interesting! myLot sounds better than the lot anyway. So, things turned out for the better in the end. P. S. @VivaLaDani13
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@vandana7 (99222)
• India
25 Oct 17
Spielberg is the one who created those Jaws and made me get those nightmares. So I am happier ..I had seen sharks at aquarium before but never in that vicious form. It is after watching them like that that I started getting those nightmares. Hell I did not get scared of those Omen and similar movies...even Aliens. But this one thing was way too realistic for me to absorb.
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• Perth, Australia
30 Oct 17
@Daljinder That's so cool! Thanks for showing me.
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@GardenGerty (158003)
• United States
24 Oct 17
I knew other things had been considered, but did not know the "rest of the story". Very interesting and great fortune. I am prejudiced but will say I LIKE myLot.
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@dpk262006 (58675)
• Delhi, India
25 Oct 17
It is quite an interesting background about naming of mylot. Many thanks for sharing it with us. I think destiny was such that original domain name was not to be adopted by the admin and therefore, someone else snatched (bought) it from you. I think the name mylot for the site proved lucky and the site has been running successfully for the last ten years. I wish the site long life.
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@louievill (28851)
• Philippines
24 Oct 17
That piece of site history is something worth remembering, makes me prouder to be part of this great site, thanks for sharing your secret
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@vandana7 (99222)
• India
25 Oct 17
I know with a name like Spielberg to flaunt...and score over.
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@Juliaacv (48863)
• Canada
24 Oct 17
Well that is kinda cool. I appreciate the name of the site so much more now, thanks!
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@jaboUK (64361)
• United Kingdom
24 Oct 17
Thanks for this interesting explanation
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@garymarsh6 (23393)
• United Kingdom
24 Oct 17
What a fascinating way of changing names. I am glad mylot is more successful than their little adventure!
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@NJChicaa (116371)
• United States
24 Oct 17
Very interesting!
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@Kandae11 (53818)
24 Oct 17
Awesome! "On the Lot" canceled after one season - and Mylot still going strong.
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@vandana7 (99222)
• India
25 Oct 17
Aren't we a great crew?
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@topffer (42156)
• France
24 Oct 17
So myLot is not owned by Paramount? Nice anecdote
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• Valdosta, Georgia
24 Oct 17
Wow, that is pretty cool. Thanks for sharing it with us!
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@sabtraversa (13101)
• Italy
24 Oct 17
That's a cool story. It takes luck to buy a domain and immediately be asked to sell it for a good price. But then, why myLot and not yourLot or ourLot, theirLot and so forth?
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@sabtraversa (13101)
• Italy
24 Oct 17
@JolietJake YES! Is there a group?!
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@moffittjc (118911)
• Gainesville, Florida
24 Oct 17
@JolietJake There's myLot groups on Facebook? Why was I not informed of this? lol
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@moffittjc (118911)
• Gainesville, Florida
24 Oct 17
@JolietJake Refugees?
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@Courtlynn (66918)
• United States
24 Oct 17
Very interesting and cool. Thanks for sharing.
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• Japan
25 Oct 17
That is fascinating! I always thought it was from the British expression "you lot" meaning "you people" so it would be "my people, my friends."
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• Philippines
25 Oct 17
yeah, like "a sorry lot" or "the lot of you". mylot = my people, my friends captures it.
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• Japan
30 Oct 17
@hereandthere I hope we are not "a sorry lot".
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@manikarnika (3224)
• India
25 Oct 17
Yeah...Really mylot is very suitable than just thelot...Mylot got good name.Now i really believe everything happens for a reason.All is well
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