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  • A look inside today’s virtual domain name tradeshow

    1. BY - Jul 24, 2014
    2. Domain Services
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    Virtual tradeshow is clunky but presents a good opportunity to chat with domain name companies.

    webfair-booth

    I remember going to a virtual tradeshow about a decade ago. It was clunky and hard to use.

    Apparently that’s the case in 2014 as well.

    I just attended Webfair Virtual, an online tradeshow featuring a bunch of domain name companies.

    The process of registering, downloading software, and navigating the show floor was rather cumbersome. (Once you figure out how to chat with companies, you’ll find many of them aren’t available.)

    Nonetheless, it’s worth checking out if you want to chat one-on-one with representatives of domain name companies.

    Perhaps instead of a graphic-heavy virtual tradeshow, chat forum sessions with various companies would be more valuable. It would certainly be easier.

  • Interesting .CEO comments started by Paul Kedrosky

    1. BY - Jul 24, 2014
    2. Uncategorized
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    Last night venture capitalist Paul Kedrosky discovered .CEO and tweeted his thoughts on it to his 275,000 followers:

    paul-kedrosky

    Conversation obviously followed.

    One person noted:

    austen

    Kedrosky responded “Exactly.”

    Another comment:

    kedrosky-2

    To which Kedrosky responded “And that exact thought had already crossed my mind.”

    There are some other colorful comments. Not every commenter was a detractor of .CEO. One person kinda liked it.

    In addition to the insurmountable silliness of anyone using a .CEO domain, the backers fumbled the marketing right out of the gate. These have combined to result in only 1,430 .ceo registrations.

  • Weekly Expired Domain Report

    1. BY - Jul 24, 2014
    2. Expired Domains
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    Domain sales charts — expired or otherwise — make for some strange bedfellows. Any given week presents an orgy of bizarre juxtapositions. What else but the domain market can bring together Bill Cosby and French Marxists? Malaysian tourism for New Yorkers alongside Azerbaijani gossip in the ccTLD of Western Samoa? (I’m referencing TheCosbys.com, Marxisme.net, TourismMalaysiaNY.com, and Bizimbaku.ws.) Few university libraries contain such diversity.

    Lussumo.com, which went for nearly $5k  at GoDaddy this past week, looks like a foreign-language term; but I have no idea what language that would be. Actually, there is (or was) open-source software called Filebrowser released by Lussumo. A notice at the top of the page says, “Development and support for the Filebrowser has been discontinued”; so perhaps Lussumo is no more.

    Would FutbolArg.com ($4k) appeal to soccer-loving pirates? Possibly. But the “arg” must be short for Argentina. FutbolArg.TV is already developed.

    Domain Name End $ Domain Name End $
    Lussumo.com 4800 FutbolArg.com 4051
    SMSOnline.com 3550 WFDA.org 3550
    RecruitUSA.com 2325 HADO.net 2025
    NevadaDevelopment.org 1525 JZJZ.com 1450
    AIDSKids.org 1426 IJCentral.org 1325
    SuperFight.com 1225 LLCN.com 1008
    OldSchoolReviews.com 898 Bizimbaku.ws 810
    OKCCivicCenter.org 710 ClearCloudDNS.com 660
    CureCervicalCancer.com 660 Live-Televizia.com 653
    Seseax.com 551 DJFactory.com 511
    SantaMariaValleyWineCountry.com 510 AwareForum.org 506
    Tchadien.com 455 PrudentialPalmsRealty.com 440
    CathedralMinistries.org 430 FastestWebSearch.com 430
    BlankJobApplicationForm.com 405 PennySuccess.com 405
    CTJewishLedger.com 405 NevisNaturally.com 400
    ModernFilmFest.net 400 SaveOaklandSchools.org 390
    Fehler10.com 376 OlduvaiGeorge.com 370
    WriteOnEdge.com 355 MBarOnline.com 355
    ItalyDreamVacation.com 346 Wopat.com 345
    HowToCorp.com 338 MedicaidResource.com 331
    ThizLinux.com 329 ZHOR.com 315
    UsherAudioUSA.com 311 WideOpenBSD.org 310
    TourismMalaysiaNY.com 300 CityScape.net 296
    Marxisme.net 291 ApeTube.mobi 285
    TheNewReview.net 250 Flirtatious.org 250
    CheapNotebook.com 205 NFAR.com 190
    YouBitcoin.com 160 TheCosbys.com 84

    National identities aren’t bought and sold every day. Accordingly, Tchadien.com is worthy of mention. Most readers will know this African country as Chad. However, Chadians observe — not English — but French and Arabic as official languages. So the French spelling “Tchadien” is much more important than our “Chadian” version.

    As far as I can tell, TheCosbys.com never was a developed into a website about “The Cosby Show”. It led to unrelated material as early as 2001 and was backordered through Pool.com in 2004 before expiring again at GoDaddy last week. Maybe some day …

    NameJet’s top-performing expired auctions during the past week happen to be fairly straightforward. Openers.com, StudyWeb.com, eMeetings.com, and MedicalSystems.com require less justification than Lussumos.com did. So I’ll skip to ArchDioSA.org ($1k). At first I read it as “ArchDiosa”, which would be a cross between the Spanish for “Archdiocese” and “Goddess”. (Not quite orthodox theology, that!) Instead, we’re looking at the Catholic Archdiocese using the abbreviation for San Antonio, Texas.

    Domain Name End $ Domain Name End $
    StudyWeb.com 7012 Openers.com 3956
    eMeetings.com 3009 MedicalSystems.com 2955
    VirtualIdentity.com 2922 Entrench.com 2011
    RestoreTheFourth.net 1611 KMSC.com 1499
    ArchDioSA.org 1100 FarmWorkers.org 1011
    BirthingCenter.com 965 DonaldYoung.com 898
    Jazzitude.com 851 Sorano.com 840
    RefundCheck.com 810 Stews.com 795
    ACQAO.org 709 MusicFan.com 685
    KuanPing.com 670 CancerAnswers.org 509
    ClarionSouth.org 500 TimeServices.com 488
    JPV.org 450 Topino.com 393
    ClaudiaAcuna.com 341 BouquetsToArt.org 320
    LatinoWWW.com 310 TravelMaxx.org 310
    ASEU.com 309 GayScape.com 266
    Budweis.com 219 SpanishTranslator.org 201

    Speaking of Jazzitude.com (which I wasn’t), ClaudiaAcuna.com should find its way to Chilean jazz singer Claudia Acuña. Hopefully the buyer is a MusicFan.com, and the domain won’t be held hostage.

    Next week, one domain auction that stands out to me is DropCatchDomains.com. It’s simultaneously a generic phrase — indeed, a major topic of these articles — and a close cousin to the DropCatch.com brand. In case you’re unaware, DropCatch.com is the expired domain service recently launched by the folks at NameBright.com / HugeDomains.com. Since DropCatch.com competes with NameJet, SnapNames, and other companies to drop-catch domains, there may be some bidding activity for this one.  Notably, it has expired on neutral turf — GoDaddy.

    Domain Name Venue Domain Name Venue
    Butchers.net NJ Pre CanadaMobile.com NJ Pre
    CapitalX.com GD DropCatchDomains.com GD
    Exotica.com GD Hongo.com NJ Pre
    LuxuryStores.com GD Sideral.com NJ Pre
    Tiajuana.com [sic] NJ Pre VeganFarms.com NJ Pre
    VeganKitchen.com NJ Pre ZFN.com PD

    “Sideral” is Spanish / French for the stars. We have a similar adjective in English — “sidereal”. But, whereas our English “sidereal” is obscure and technical, the French / Spanish “sideral” is richly visual, astral, cosmic. You can compare connotations by clicking here and here.

    Tiajuana.com is a typo. California’s south-of-the-border Mexican destination is actually spelled “Tijuana”; and the Castello bros. own that .COM. Nevertheless, as long as we gringo tourists go to “Tea Uh Wanna” rather than “Tea Hwana” … some traffic will leak to the typo or to Google.

    Speaking of southerly vacations, I’m off on one of my own. Consequently, this article only covers a 5-day period: July 17 through July 21.

  • Google and Vint Cerf explain the NTIA transition (video)

    1. BY - Jul 24, 2014
    2. Policy & Law
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    Simple video explains what’s going on with the U.S. government’s role in the internet.

    Vint Cerf, the “father of internet” and former Chairman of ICANN, now works for Google. Cerf has narrated a new Google video about the history of internet governance, ICANN and the role of the U.S. government. (See video embedded below.)

    It’s a pretty clever way to sum up the proposed change in role of the U.S. government in a simple, sub-three-minute video.

    In other words, more people are likely to watch this than are to read Larry Strickling’s detailed speech to the American Enterprise Institute this week. The video was published yesterday and already has 35,000 views.

    One interesting thing about the video is that it states that the government plans to “end its contractual oversight and hand that responsibility over to ICANN.” Although that is certainly where this is headed, many groups (OK, governments) would like another group to maintain this oversight.

    The video is part of Google’s “Take Action” site, which asks citizens to take action on a number of internet access and governmental issues.

  • Neustar reports earnings, and revenue bump from .Co

    1. BY - Jul 23, 2014
    2. Uncategorized
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    Revenue was up 8% in the quarter, some of which is attributed to the company’s acquisition of .Co.

    NeustarNeustar reported second quarter earnings after the bell today.

    Revenue was up 8% and adjusted net income was up 1% compared to the same quarter a year ago.

    The company’s Security Services segment reported 28% growth, 12% of which it attributed to the acquisition of .Co. It’s not entirely clear if this represents a full quarter of .Co revenue, but .Co appears to be adding better than $1 million a month in top line revenue. [Update: .Co contribued $3.3 million top line. The acquisition was close to the beginning of the quarter, so this might not be for a full quarter. Neustar expects .Co to contribute $7M revenue in the second half of the year.]

    Neustar is also the registry for .biz and .us as well as the back end technology provider for many new top level domain names.

    The company continues to look for ways to grow its revenue base as its contract to run the number portability system in North America is up for grabs.