I was trying to register DomainMagnate ‘at’ gmail.com today and found out it’s already registered and belongs to someone else. No one else that I know of uses that username, so the only reason they might have to grab it is probably to try to sell it to me?! I’m just hoping they are not planning to use it for anything bad that might later be attributed to me..
If you have a valuable brand – get the gmail address for it before someone else does. This can also be expanded to other Social bookmarking and networking sites and in fact many companies offer this service: registering your brand name across 100+ social sites and creating profiles, which can also be useful for SEO if all the profiles link back to your site. But lets admit it having a gmail address for your brand is much more important than some digg or twitter account.
Gmail addresses can be somewhat valuable too, just like domains. However I’ve never seen any for sale, except on ebay and then they are not really “premium”, just long and lame and cheap too.
Another interesting thought is do premium gmail addresses get “type in” traffic, that is some random email leads, for firstname.lastname@example.org for example? How much would a loans company be willing to pay for such a domain?