A couple domains hit general availability, but hardly anyone notices.
I was so busy at ICANN this week that I neglected to do my weekly preview of top level domain name launches…
…but I didn’t miss much.
Only two domain names hit general availability this week. Click here to continue reading…
ICANN GAC concerned about community priority evaluations but not two-letter domain names.
The Governmental Advisory Committee to ICANN has issued its GAC Communique (pdf) from this week’s meeting in Los Angeles.
There are a couple notable items on it related to new top level domain names.
First, the GAC noted apparent inconsistencies with recent Community Priority Evaluations and asked ICANN to consider an appeal process. Based on the language, it appears governments are more concerned about communities losing out than applicants being harmed by a surprise decision in favor of a “community”: Click here to continue reading
Joseph Peterson reviews the past week’s expired domain sales.
Pretty soon, not speaking Chinese will disqualify me from reporting on the domain market altogether! So many of the big-ticket domain sales look eastward — numerical domains, LL through LLLL, and Chinese Pinyin. China dominated NameJet charts in September, and China tops the list of last week’s GoDaddy expired auctions as well with ChaoZhi.com ($26k). One possible meaning of “Chāo Zhī”, believe it or not, is “overspend”. But it’s also a personal name. Honestly, with Chinese I’ll never get my bearings until I buckle down and teach myself Mandarin. Perhaps some native speaker out there can point me in the right direction on this one … or 66Yun.cc ($10.6k). Click to continue reading…
A quick visual look at this week’s ICANN meeting in Los Angeles.
It has been a busy, busy week in Los Angeles. I’ll have more thoughts on ICANN 51 later. For now, I have a collection of photos from in and around the event. Captions are below each photo.
Entertainment during TLD Registry (“Dot Chinese Online” and “Dot Chinese Website”) and .Club event on Sunday at a popular Chinese restaurant. I also had a chance to hang out with TLD Registry when it was in Austin last week. I’ve come to the conclusion that TLD Registry and .Club are two of the hardest working registries out there, which might bode well for their long term success. Click here to see the rest of the photos from ICANN 51.
New top level domain pays for front page impact.
The backers of the new .ooo domain name have crazy predictions for how many domain names they’ll sell. I’ll tip my hat to them for at least backing it up with some crazy advertising.
Indian e-commerce company Infinibeam took out the entire front page of the Times of India today as an ad. Every “fake” article on the page is about domain names and e-commerce, with a play on “ooo” in the headline.
You’ll also find the pictured cartoon when you zoom in. Click here to continue reading…