Radix serving up Grilled Cheese at SXSW

New top level domain name company hopes to reach tech audience at SXSW this month.

Radix SXSW

Radix is giving out t-shirts, such as this one for .tech, along with grilled cheese sandwiches at SXSW.

People love free food, especially during a busy conference. I recently wrote about Sedo’s Froyo truck at SXSW; new TLD company Radix is also giving away free food at the event in Austin later this month.

The company will have a large booth at the SXSW Tradeshow and will be handing out free .space-branded grilled cheese sandwiches.

Radix will also offer discounts for on-the-spot registrations of its domains, such as .space and .online. It will promote its upcoming TLDs, including .online and .tech, as well.

Radix CEO Bhavin Turakhia believes SXSW is an ideal way to reach the target market for some of these domain names.

“SXSW is a great platform to reach out to innovators, techies and creative persons. We are really excited to be at the conference and have planned exciting promos to connect with the SXSW community and get the word out there about our domain extensions,” he said.

This week’s new TLDs: .WhosWho and 4 EAPs

There aren’t many who’s registering this new domain name.

Only one non-brand new top level domain name goes live this week in general availability, and it’s a rather unique one.

.Whoswho went live yesterday. It appears to have only gotten about a dozen registrations on its first day and only has 22 names in the zone file so far.

This isn’t too surprising.

First of all, .whoswho is somewhat akin to .CEO. You can argue it fails the douche test.

Second, whoswho is a somewhat strange term. I associate it with spam and scams trying to get everyday Joes to pay to show up on a register. Some people have trademarked (or tried to trademark) this term around the world, leading to a handful of UDRP cases. Click here to continue reading…

.App and .Blog – a look at domain name registration numbers

Both terms are popular in existing domain name registrations.

Google bought rights to the .App top level domain name last week for a whopping $25 million. Also last month, .Blog sold for an unknown number that was certainly 8 figures.

App and Blog are certainly very popular terms, and they’re frequently found in newly-registered .com domain names.

In fact, over the past six months, 328,271 .com domain names have been registered that include “app” in them, according to Verisign’s DomainView. 139,532 .com domains including “blog” have been registered. Click to continue reading…

.Science soars to 10,000 registrations in three hours

Famous Four’s latest launch is off to a fast start.

Famous Four Media launched the .Science top level domain name this morning, and registration activity has been brisk so far.

At roughly three hours after launch, 9,680 .science domain names have been registered. The company expects the number to top 10,000 within the next half hour.

Why is .science doing so well? It’s not all rocket science: some registrars are giving the domain names away free or cheap, spurring extra demand. Kind of like .casa and .work, why not try it out for a year?

Alpnames.com is offering the domains for free, and OVH has a $.50 offer.

Not all registrars have such cut-rate pricing, however. You definitely want to shop around.

Minds + Machines reports numbers, including $36M from auctions

Big 2014 numbers from losing auctions, but domain registration revenue starting to grow.

Minds + MachinesMinds + Machines released some preliminary numbers for 2014 today.

It can be summarized as: it pulled in a lot of cash from losing auctions, and registrations of its domains picked toward the end of the year as it released more of them.

Here are some highlights:

Auctions – Grossed $36 million from losing 21 private auctions for new top level domain names last year; spent $25.9 million to acquire 6 contested domains. Click to continue reading…