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The history of Verisign’s Internet Official contest winners

Verisign contest hits its goal in first round.

Verisign Internet Official

Verisign’s first five winners fit its message perfectly.

Verisign has announced the first five winners in its Internet Official contest, a promotion designed to show that good .com domain names are still available. The domain names selected have interesting histories.

The first five winners, who will each pick up $5,000, are:

1. Registered by Tom H. of Niles, Mich.
2. Registered by Adam Y. H. of Pine Bluffs, Wyo.
3. Registered by Zvi A. of Rego Park, N.Y.
4. Registered by Nancy K. of Port Charlotte, Fla.
5. Registered by Jeffrey H. of Baton Rouge, La. Click here to continue reading…

Verisign: China is trending

Chinese terms dominate trending words in .com registrations last month.

Much of .com’s growth has been fueled by Asia recently, and the top trending keywords in .com and .net from last month bare this out. Verisign released numbers on March yesterday:


It appears that 7 of the top 10 trending terms in .com are in Chinese or related to China.

Verisign creates this list by looking at the fastest growing terms from one month to the next. This prevents the list from being full of terms that are always popular, such as “online”.

Oh my, Verisign is actually scared of new top level domains!

Company sues .XYZ and claims its marketing is hurting .com.

If you listen to any of Verisign’s quarterly investor calls, you’ll often hear analysts asking what new TLDs are doing to .com.

Well, new TLDs are creating confusion, the company says. That confusion isn’t really hurting .com. Maybe .net gets caught up in the confusion, but that’s about it.

Actions speak louder than words, though, and Kevin Murphy wrote about proof today that Verisign must actually be a bit concerned about .com in the wake of new TLDs. Click to continue reading…

How is .Com? Verisign discusses, and signs 11 IDN contracts

Verisign signs transliteration TLD contracts, discusses the state of .com.

There was a lot of interesting information in yesterday’s Verisign quarterly investor conference call.

First, the company said it signed 11 contracts for its IDN transliterations of .com and .net, meaning that investors of domain names might be close to getting their hands on domains.

I say might because Verisign isn’t willing to put a date on it and hinted that the end is not near. The company said it’s asking for a modified sunrise period (reserving for matching brands in .com) and this could take a while if they get pushback.

Interestingly, Verisign CEO James Bidzos, discussing how these transliterations will be marketed, said “We’ll simply be notifying existing registrant brands that the transliteration of their .com registration is available to them.” Click to continue reading… owners will lose big if Verisign doesn’t get its way

They could be forced to buy transliterations within a limited time period.

Verisign has been negotiating its contracts for transliterations of .com for a long time, and last week we got an idea about what the hold up is.

ICM Registry, the domain registry for .xxx and the forthcoming .adult, .porn and .sex top level domains, announced that it finally inked contracts with ICANN for new TLDs. The catch is that ICM had to change how it handled its Domain Matching program.

ICM wanted to reserve second level domain names that match existing .xxx domain names, and then offer the reserved names to the .xxx owner if (and whenever) they decide they want the new domains. The idea is similar to what .UK is doing for owners of third level .uk domains. In that case, third level owners have five years to claim their second level domains.

But ICANN wouldn’t let them do it this way, according to ICM. There are two issues at play, as I understand it. Click here to continue reading…