We were sitting around, thinking up ideas for a cool website where we could hang out with friends. It had to be something different – not yet another social networking site! How about a game? But could we keep it friendly, stress-free? A place for everyone, from the truly passionate to the “I’m just here to chill” kind of person. A fun place to hang out?
We had to be different, and a whole lot better! We wanted a cool-sounding name for the site, which also meant something positive. And it came together in a completely unexpected way. We remembered this bit from the movie Jerry Maguire:
– the Kwan.
That’s your word?
Yeah, man, it means love, respect, community… and the dollars too. The package. The Kwan.
[We really liked the ideas summed up by "Kwan". The community made it social and fun. But we thought, what about "competition"? How do we work that in?]
From simplified Chinese:
Kwoon: a training hall for Chinese martial arts