New domain names become available Tuesday and Wednesday this week.
A handful of new domain names are hitting domain registrars’ shelves this week.
On Tuesday, .Amsterdam enters general availability. There is a fairly limited list of domain name registrars on nic.amsterdam, but 101Domain is offering them for $41.99.
On Wednesday, you can start showing you’re a fan with .Fans. It’s an expensive domain priced at $70-$100 retail. Also, be careful with trademarked terms.
Also on Wednesday, two of Donuts domains exit the higher-price early access and revert to regular pricing: .FYI and .MBA.
.FYI is bargain priced about about $15-$25. .MBA is also reasonably priced around $35-$40 retail. This suggests that Donuts is targeting MBA graduates with the domain, not just schools. I don’t know many graduates of MBA programs that list MBA as a designation, at least in the U.S. It will be interesting to see how this one does.
Joseph Peterson says
It would strike me as a bit ostentatious if I received an email from Homer@Simpson.MBA. Still, I can imagine human beings being ostentatious. It has a better chance than .CEO ever did – particularly if the registry partners with MBA programs, allowing them to cash in on graduates’ registrations.
But I wonder how many email messages would be misdirected to Homer@Simpson.com or Homer@SimpsonMBA.com … or, for that matter, [catchall]@HomerSimpson.com or [catchall]@HomerSimpsonMBA.com, etc. I can’t count about 6 ambiguous options.
Other than a resume or a professional email address, I can’t see much utility for anyone other than MBA programs. Since resumes tend to live at multi-person websites, even that might just wind up being a case of forwarding – and temporary at that, since someone might cease to be a registrant when he ceases to be a job seeker.
So many new tlds now. Priced like this though over a ten to twenty year period you would be better off buying a good dot com in the aftermarket, and that is only looking purely at the cost, not even mentioning tld strength.
Peter Cox says
Interesting to see (according to an ad on DomainIncite) that the .fans/.fan registry has put itself up for auction – 18 months in it looks like the owners (which seems to be a fairly opaque Hong Kong company) want to divest themselves of their gTLD experiment.