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You can now visit a .tattoo domain name.
Frank Schilling’s .tattoo is alive with nic.tattoo.
Yes, that’s a domain name. And it’s now on the internet.
It’s the first second level domain of Schilling’s TLD bids that you can actually visit from your browser.
Included on the site, which is a pitch “artists, studios, and individuals” about the future availability of .tattoo domain names, is a video of Frank Schilling philosophizing about tattoos. If he does a video for his .sexy domain name, I hope he takes a slightly different tact. I can imagine a great parody video.
[Update: nic.sexy is now up too, and thankfully there's no Schilling video about sexiness on the site.]
The video includes examples of domain names you might register, ranging from warrior.tattoo to maria.tattoo to alex.tattoo. (None of the suggested domains are on the name collision block list. I checked.)
Bank registers domain names for a settlement with the U.S. government over mortgage backed securities.
It’s no secret that J.P. Morgan is on the verge of a multi-billion dollar settlement with the U.S. government over mortgage backed securities.
That probably explains why the bank just registered a handful of domain names related to the settlement:
MBS obviously stands for “mortgage backed securities”. The domain names were registered yesterday.
The domain names are likely just defensive registrations, as I’m not sure any settlement would involve a website where people could make claims. Defensive registrations may have been provoked by a third party registering JPMorganSettlement.com last month.
The settlement is rumored to be for $13 billion, with $9 billion in fines or penalties and $4 billion going to consumer relief for struggling homeowners.
New TLD applicant gets $1.3 million from the withdraw of a couple new TLD applications.
Demand Media realized $1.3 million in gains in the third quarter of this year due to the withdrawal of its interest in new top level domain name applications, according to the company’s latest 10-Q filing with the SEC.
In gained $1.2 million in the second quarter, and the total comes out to $2.6 million so far.
The gains are proceeds from settling contention sets via auction, as well as partial refunds on applications it withdrew.
Demand Media’s new TLD subsidiary, United TLD, lost an auction for the .fishing top level domain during the third quarter. Proceeds from that auction likely make up a big portion of the $1.3 million.
The company also shares in the upside of some of Donuts’ new top level domain name applications. Donuts lost auctions for .casa and .storage during Q3. .Casa appears to be one of the domains in which Demand Media can share rights with Donuts.
Only four string confusion objections have not been decided.
The contentious and highly unpredictable string confusion objection process for new top level domain names is coming to a close.
International Centre for Dispute Resolution posted three more decisions today, leaving just four decisions outstanding.
The three decisions all involved mega-applicant Donuts.
Commercial Connect brought and lost two of the cases. The company claimed that .supplies and .商店 were too similar to its application for .shop. Panelist Lawrence Newman noted that neither string was visually similar to .shop. .商店 is in a completely different script and .supplies has two syllables while .shop has one (although I’d say the latter is an aural similarity, not visual). He also found little or no chance of aural confusion nor confusion over the meaning.
The other case was brought by Asiamix Digital Ltd. Asiamix applied for .fans and objected to Donuts’ application for .fan. The two parties settled the objection. Neither party has withdrawn its application, so it’s not clear what the agreement entailed.
I use social networking to increase traffic and find good story ideas.
Last week my Twitter account passed 10,000 followers. I thought I’d use the occasion to discuss how I use Twitter and Facebook in conjunction with Domain Name Wire.
I have about 10,000 followers on Domain Name Wire, and I follow about 200 people.
Why only 200? It’s because I use Twitter to find new and interesting stories, and I’ve found that following too many people makes it difficult to find these good nuggets. If your feed is full of thousands of voices, not all of them relevant, it’s hard for the interesting stuff to stand out.
In addition to monitoring the couple hundred Twitter users throughout the day, I also monitor search terms such as “domain” to see if any interesting news is percolating up. There’s a lot of junk you have to sort through on a search like this, but sometimes I’ve found really interesting stories.
In addition to tracking and gathering news, Twitter is a a big source of traffic to Domain Name Wire. It typically represents the second biggest source of traffic behind Google.
With even a modest 10,000 followers, the second I post a story link on Twitter I can count on targeted traffic to start flowing in. Traffic jumps if even a few influential people retweet it.
You can follow Domain Name Wire @domainnamewire. If you’re reading a story on Domain Name Wire and want to share it with your followers, just click the Tweet icon below the story.
I don’t find Facebook as useful for DNW compared to Twitter. It could be because I have fewer than 1,000 “likes” on Facebook, but I think it comes down to the issue of Facebook automagically deciding both what I see and who sees stuff I publish.
Twitter is unfiltered. If I tweet something and you follow me, it will be in your feed in chronological order.
On Facebook, what I publish may or may not show up in your feed in some strange order even if you’ve liked the page. The same goes for collecting news. You might post something really interesting and Facebook decides I’d rather see a picture of someone’s cat at the top of my feed instead.
One plus for Facebook is that it’s easier for people to comment and “pull people in” for a topic than on Twitter.
You can “Like” Domain Name Wire on Facebook here.
Google+ and LinkedIn
I haven’t used Google+ and LinkedIn much to promote DNW. I know some people autopost blog entries to Google+ and LinkedIn, and I’m curious how this performs for them.
Google+ is challenging because it always wants you to tie in your personal identity rather than your brand. As for LinkedIn, I don’t want all of the people who are connected with me – many of whom are outside the domain industry – to feel like they’re getting a deluge of irrelevant content.