Some .me domain names now resolving to “real” web sites.
It’s one thing for a “new” domain extension to sell well when it launches (.eu, .mobi). The true test if a domain will retain long term value is if it is actually used and embraced on the web.
As you know, I’m not a fan of .me. Yeah, it’s a cute play on domains. But once ICANN releases new top level domains, .me will just be “another domain”. A country code domain at that. .You, anyone?
But to get an idea of what has happened to top .me domain names won during the auction launch (other than those lost at arbitration), you can visit Rewarding.me. The site has a “Dot Me Domain Status” tool that shows exactly how .me domains are being used.
A handful of the top .me domain names appear to have active web sites according to the tool. But most of them are merely glorified “under construction” pages, affiliate sites, or forwarded domains.
Clicking over to Insure.me shows an under construction page that says “Welcome to insure.me. The most anticipated insurance site on the internet.”
It had better be for the $68,005 Timothy Warbington plunked down for the site.
But there are a handful of truly active .me web sites listed on Rewarding.me. The site even lists the 346 .me web sites listed in the top 1,000,000 on Alexa. (Most of them are picture serving sites). Rewarding.me is certainly a useful tool. Has someone made a similar tool for .mobi so I don’t have to do it by hand?
So it looks like .me is gaining a small bit of momentum. .Me domainers just need to hope that Montenegro doesn’t go through political strife.