The naming of Ebbtide

In “The Golden Girls” there was a well known directive stating that episodes could not be named something like “Rose Dates Miles”. Instead, they wanted a “Caring Name” like “72 Hours”. (see… ) .. In rejection of that “Caring Name” naming convention, Marc Sotkin (Executive Producer of The Golden Girls) started writing episodes with titles like “Ebbtide”, “Ebbtide’s Revenge”, “Ebbtide IV The Wrath of Stan”. By the same token, iPhone apps must, it seems, be have one-word name in order to be “in”, “hip” and “cool”. You know, there are very few one-word app names that can be considered cool! I am *very* close to simply calling our new app: “Ebbtide”.

Pondering the app name, my friend and co-developer: Gene Cowan just began tossing out name and word combination. After that, choosing a name was quite easy. It just popped into our heads. But now I continually refer to it accidentally as the competition. My husband asks how work went on the new program last night and I respond: “Oh, competition_name is gonna be great! I just finished this feature…” or whatever. My husband just sits there and stares at me…then kindly reminds me: Tell Gene not to let you do any interviews about the app. You cannot keep the name straight! sigh.

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