New Internet Domains Deadline Looms

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infinity
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Re: WHAT'S IN A NAME?
infinity   4/14/2012 9:52:45 PM
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@mitch: Ah, good point about WAP and mobile phones. I hadn't thought of that.

 

And as for .xxx and site owners dreading the dealing with cybersquatters, well, that's exactly what could potentially happen with any new domain extension and any business' site (oh no, need to prevent squatters!)

 

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Mitch Wagner   4/13/2012 3:38:32 PM
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Good to know the evil-doers were thwarted. 

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KarlHakkarainen   4/13/2012 11:26:41 AM
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The Guardian reassures us that no evil-doers were involved, just ordinary software fubar. 

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Mitch Wagner   4/13/2012 11:22:40 AM
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ICANN extended the deadline to April 20, due to a problem with its network. It was a "possible glitch" that allowed a lmited number of users to view each others' details. 

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Re: WHAT'S IN A NAME?
Mitch Wagner   4/12/2012 10:27:24 AM
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@infinity - .xxx is controversial among pornograpy opponents; they say it legitimizes porn. 

Even some of the larger porn sites don't like it. They say they have to now register yet another domain to prevent against cybersquatting. And legitimate businesses have to do the same. These are many of the same complaints raised against the new gTLDs. 

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Mitch Wagner   4/12/2012 10:25:44 AM
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@infinity - As I recall, .mobi sites were certified as WAP compliant by the organization that ran .mobi. When WAP became obsolete, it dragged .mobi down with it. 

 

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tinym   4/12/2012 9:13:43 AM
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Excellent points all around. I haven't thought of the new domain extensions in this way before now. Thank you. I hope to see your new domains sometime in the future, perhaps when they're more affordable for regular folks (you know, in the $10,000 range).

I'm still not sure I agree we actually need them but I can understand how they might be used in the future...

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infinity   4/10/2012 4:31:08 PM
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I understand the desire to roll out new TLDs every few years, and in some cases, the new TLDs are quite useful: the .xxx extension debate that's been going on for years, for instance -- there's no doubt that .xxx would indicate exactly what is going on with a particular site so the consumer will not be confused before clicking on something they may or may not want to see. On the other hand, many .tlds that have rolled out in recent years have been used for anything but their intended purposes, such as the .us extension which is largely ignored by the big boys, other than for sites such as delicio.us. I could go on and on: .cc, .ws (arguably one of the most ignored extensions), and various other country domains which hardly anyone uses, at least in English-speaking countries. And that could be a good thing.

Sure, it may be nice to have an extension that matches what your brand is about (ourbrandfood.organic, for instance), but at the end of the day, is it really better than a .com or whatever extension is currently used for your business? Is it worth the megabucks it could potentially cost to secure the best of the best vanity tlds? Are new TLDs really worth megabucks?

Everyone thought .mobi was going to be the next big thing 5 or so years ago, and bidding wars went into place to secure good .mobis when they was launched. Most of those .mobis were dumped within a couple years. 

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Mitch Wagner   4/10/2012 4:19:13 PM
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@sohaibmasood - Generic TLD's seem to be much more appealing but wouldn't they limit use?For example, like you mentioned using mitch.wagner as your domain. What would another person who goes by the same name do if he wanted to register a domain? Currently, he has the option to opt for other suffixes while keeping the first part constant. 

"Mitch Wagner" is a relatively uncommon name, but there is another one not too far from me. He's a prominent lawyer. I'm sure he's not my biggest fan after I grabbed the mitchwagner.com domain and all the Google juice on the name as well. 

I frequently see other Mitch Wagners pop up in my Google Alerts vanity search. I wondered for a while why they were all athletes (when I am so very not) but then I concluded it's because high school athletics is the most likely opportunity most people have to achieve fame. 

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Re: WHAT'S IN A NAME?
sohaibmasood   4/10/2012 2:39:24 PM
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@Mitch: Generic TLD's seem to be much more appealing but wouldn't they limit use?For example, like you mentioned using mitch.wagner as your domain. What would another person who goes by the same name do if he wanted to register a domain? Currently, he has the option to opt for other suffixes while keeping the first part constant. 

I don't that will be available later. I wouldn't want my domain to be read as sohaib.masood123 etc.  

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