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.Space tops in registrations with about 1,700 on first day.
When it comes to most registrations, .space appears to have topped the list of this week’s new top level domain name launches.
That doesn’t come as a big surprise since it’s the most generic (and lowest priced) domain of the lot. Here’s a run down of this week’s new TLD launches, starting with the most registrations…
1. According to namestat, .Space added 1,700 domain names in the zone yesterday, bringing its total to 1,784. Most domain name registrars were offering the domain names for about $10.
2. Rightside’s .band found some musicians, as 720 new domains were added to the zone. That brings the total to 776.
3. I’m a bit unclear on .我爱你, Chinese for “I Love You”. Its GA date was yesterday, but, perhaps due to time zones, it appears that the big bump came on Tuesday night’s zone files. It has 538 in the zone.
4. Apparently, not many people died yesterday. The .RIP domain name added just 270 registrations, bringing its total to 348. A number of brands picked up .RIP domains as a protective measure.
5. .Ryukyu, a geo domain name for Okinawa, had the slowest start of all domains released yesterday. It picked up just 84 names, bringing the total to 143.
6 new top level domain names will be released on Wednesday.
A number of new top level domain names are being launched in general availability this week, all on Wednesday.
Radix’s .Space hits registrars’ shelves at a price of about $10. It’s a generic domain, but also conjures up the idea of your “space” online. Their site markets it as “A .space domain is for passionate and driven individuals and groups who want to carve out a personalized space online. It specially caters to freelancers, professionals, hobbyists and small business owners who want to showcase the panorama of their skills and commitment to their passion.”
BusinessRalliart releases the geo domain name .ryukyu, which is related to Okinawa. Expect to pay about $15 for domains in this extension.
Rightside releases two domain names: .band and .rip. I’m more bullish on .band, but I’m also interested in seeing the types of domains that are registered in .rip. Will they end up being mostly celebrity tribute sites? .Band domain names will cost you about $25-$30 retail, while .Rip domains are about $5 cheaper.
Here’s an interesting Chinese IDN: Chinese for “I Love You”, .我爱你.
Finally, Google launches the .how domain name this week. It will set you back about $30-$35 at many registrars. I don’t know how this domain will become popular, but you never know…
Many domain names used in real estate are still available in .com.
There are lots of new top level domain names coming out (or already released) for real estate purposes: .Realtor, .realty, .realestate, .casa, .immobilien, .immo and probably a few others I’ve missed.
This week Rightside released .forsale, a domain it is pitching for real estate purposes, i.e. 123Anystreet.forsale.
Domain names purchased for real estate marketing are big business. GoDaddy has frequently touted domain names as a key part of marketing a home for sale. This is part of the reason GoDaddy originally applied for .home and .casa.
There are a number of types of real estate domain names. There are ones registered by agents, ones registered by management companies, real estate service providers and aggregators. But the ones that probably drive the most volume are individual home websites, which have become quite popular in the past 5 or so years.
These are the types of sites that GoDaddy saw driving registrations: 123TownCircle.com, 472EasyStreet.com, 9237WinterPass.com. Click to continue reading…
A couple geo domain names are among this week’s new TLD launches.
I usually don’t write about landrush phases, but .Space has a landrush this week that is rather unique. It starts today, lasts just one week, and most registrars have it priced at or near the cost of the domain name when it hits general availability. 101Domain, for example, is charging only $10.99 for a .space domain in landrush, the same price as it will ask next week when it hits general availability.
On Tuesday, two geo domain names for Belgium launch: .Brussels and .Vlaanderen. .Vlaanderen is for the Dutch-speaking northern portion of Belgium, referred to in English as Flanders.
Rightside’s .ForSale exits the early access phase and heads to general availability on Wednesday. This domain name is good for basically anything that can be sold, which includes real estate listings.
Rightside also launches two domain names in EAP: .Band and .RIP. The former joins other music related TLDs such as .hiphop and .country. .RIP is an interesting one. It could work if bundled with some sort of tribute site builder or service. Otherwise, I can’t see people buying a .rip domain name to create a tribute to a lost loved one. There certainly won’t be much of a rush for this domain name. It will have to grow organically over time.
Multiple sites on .buzz domain names will be promoted on popular game show.
.Buzz domain names are about to get a lot more buzz.
Howard Lefkowitz presented his plans for almost 400 .buzz domain names today during a NamesCon presentation. The majority of his domain names are city names, but also include travel.buzz.
For two weeks starting February 2, particular .buzz domain names will be the prize sponsors for Wheel of Fortune, one of the most-watched TV shows in America.
Lefkowitz also unveiled the .Buzz showgirl reviewers at NamesCon today. These showgirls have video cameras embedded in their headpieces and will do a number of reviews (presumably posted across .buzz websites).
He is also sponsoring a section of the L.A. Times to promote Vegas.buzz.