Company will also airdrop $100 million + for people to buy the domains with.
Unstoppable Domains, a company that offers an alternative, blockchain-based domain name system, is releasing 8 new top level domain names.
The new domain extensions are .blockchain, .888, .wallet, .x, .bitcoin, .coin, .nft, and .dao. Unstoppable Domains recently applied for trademarks for some of these domains.
Pre-orders are now available for the domains that will be added to the Ethereum blockchain in July.
The company is giving away over $100 million of promo credits for people to buy the domains with. The credits are equal to 3x what people have spent on Unstoppable Domains’ domains, including .crypto and .zil, to date. Customers also get credits on purchases made until 9 am on June 17.
Sites using Unstoppable Domains’ domains are not on the main root that names like .com are on. Users must use a browser plugin or the Brave browser to access them.
Some of the domains will experience name collisions whenever ICANN allows new top level domains to be added unless Unstoppable beats out other applicants for the strings.
Michael Anthony Castello says
We were using browser plugins for extensions like .inc back in 2002. It didn’t work then and won’t now. What’s next, pirate DNS?
Brad Mugford says
But Michael, it is different this time. I don’t think you factored in (insert trendy new buzzwords).
mario312 (@mario312) says
100% I remember this. Also name collisions if they don’t beat out the registry application. Which I don’t think they’ll drop that kind of buck on.
Found the press release.
Looks like they’ve got quite a few partners onboard with their naming system…
Gemini – One of the OG crypto exchanges. Winklevoss twins.
Opera – Couple hundred million users, at least
Circle – Behind the USDC stable coin. Unstoppable Domain + stablecoin = decentralized Venmo or Paypal?
Blockchain.com – Looks like they just raised a ton of money, 31 million users who will be getting promoted these domains:
Tik tok adoption has nearly 700 million users it took 4 years. The days of adoption rates are nothing like 2002. Imagine when a browser includes netflix for free. I would never count out this out.
The next browser will not have shit loads of ads that control the monopoly of search advertising. We will see though. Something has to change.
Michael you’re right. I agreed with their .crypto and .zil launch as I thought they served a niche; making blockchain wallet addresses easy to remember. However, I now think they are taking lessons from the failing new gTLDs; that is launch as many crappy domains as you can and make quick bucks as you can and run to the bank. Not proving their business model beyond banking money is not a winning strategy.
What unstoppable needs to do is to deliver on their first promise. They promised that you buy there .zil and .crypto domain once, its yours forever and you can do all this amazing things like host unstoppable websites with all functionality you would expect from a modern website. Now I own a few of their domains but I am yet to find a good use scenario beyond pointing them to my wallet addresses.
I have years of coding experience and formal education in computer science and yet building any useful content on their domains makes the use of my time bad wasted. The tech is not yet there today. There is no standardized way of building things and content management is still as it was in the early 90’s.
Have you tried purchasing their domains lately? Well you will learn quickly that you will have to buy ether gas (Seen the prices?) something that wasn’t part of the original plan when some of us bought in. I predict that in the near future, any simple transaction on their platform will require gas. Think is cheaper that using a dns domain, think again. So again, what we are seeing with this new release is a money grab. If brad thinks blockchain will make things work this time, then the question is, why not make what they promised with .crypto and .zil work before they jump on another sales parade? Have you noticed that most of that high promising projects use dns for their websites?
What is easy is going to gateway.io and purchasing .c domain for 20 bucks. They make it easy by payment via Visa. If namebase.io allowed visa it would explode. Many people don’t want to get the token via crypto. Nbatopshots payment methods are about 85% visa from what I hear. I see .c has a huge winner in this area. I maybe see 5 extensions being used as a sub-brand. Others will be for personal use. Owning your extension for personal use is pretty cool.
Donny, unstoppable is better than .io that you don’t have to pay renewals. The bad is you have to pay Ether gas prices and the ugly is that apart from using the domain as your crypto wallet address, there is not much to do with the domains unless you just want to put a lander to it. That is not not the internet that will conquer the dns internet.
It is all nonsense, names that will be replaced with ICANN versions, giving people credits to buy names. This isn’t real demand, the target market is domainers!
Choose one or more.
Just because it is an un needed gimmick made to separate fools from their money based on the latest buzzwords and will as with most hyped things die off over the years does not mean they won’t make money.
I just realized after typing that, it can be applied to most all consumer products apart from underwear, food, toothpaste, you get the point.
Now I am off to buy $400 flip flops because GUCCI.
so i guess the owner of Bitcoin.com wil just let his domain expire and drop because it is now worthless and register bitcoin.bitcoin i have never heard of such bu11sh1t. gtlds suck period end of story.
It really should be just (.x) and that its
Smell My Finger says
Looks like an Scooby-Doo episode of the week: new trickster, same tricks.
Seems like most of the people commenting here (so far) are vested in the classic pay-every-year domain schema. What unstoppable domains offers is an opportunity to build websites that can’t be ordered down because of content that offends others’ sensibilities. As governments and big tech march more and more down the path of deciding what speech is worthy of being “free,” there’s a growing niche for domains resistant to being stopped. Just because the infrastructure isn’t robust yet doesn’t mean this business model is a scam. Nor does it mean there isn’t a case for integrating these domains with the current broader domain system.
I don’t think we should be calling these “top level domains” when they aren’t domains at all
Quantum Singularity says
I own both a traditional website and a blockchain website and I’m probably going to let the traditional website cancel someday since it charges by the month just for a sitting website, while the blockchain website is now forever free (only a miner fee if I ever went in and edited the website). If you’re a cyberloafer always blogging, and if miner fees are high, you just may prefer traditional over blockchain, and that’s not really intended to be a joke.
Now a cool thing about blockchain domains and their forever free websites (after only one payment plus one miner fee) to which they point, is unlike with say this traditional website hosted at its traditional domain, I can comment something regardless of the politics and not risk the possibility it would be censored.
Not like I really care one way or another unless it came upon my property, then there would be a real problem just due to the freelance person I am, but Communist Fascistbook (free at the expense of your freedom) and all its crazy cat lady censors back from the 80’s who still want to “take care of you” after their religiosity and bibles killed all their cats and rendered them untrendy for American pop culture, just may yet wind up outdated by Free Market/Capitalist “Blockchainbook” (where yes every publishing costs money that just goes to burn up in the blockchain as energy rather than to some rich person like Mark Zuckerburg), and all of “Blockchainbook’s” libertarian nerds back from the 80’s when they decided to move from the old Punk & Leather with spike hair look on to the modern professional with tattoos and gauges complete with dress shirts over jeans, etc. Or well something like that.
People do tend to like to be free rather than controlled regardless of who the active censors of society are or transition to becoming as the decades pass. They didn’t like their religious mothers and teachers back in the 80’s telling them not to say “sucks” and to “dress like proper young men and ladies for Great Auntie’s visit” as much as they don’t like crazy cat ladies of the 21st century telling them to put a mask on and how their blog posts are “against community standards and false information,” etc. Just saying.
People with “piece work” should really educate themselves on blockchains and ethereum before accepting pay from mysterious strangers for posting opinions on social media in order to avoid exposure, because those mysterious strangers would probably not be too pleased. I don’t imagine Big Tech would naturally agree with this and maybe this will just “mysteriously” vanish, though Mysterious strangers and their “piece work” are another reason why blockchains over Big Tech are not just the future of internet but the future of free speech online as well, and that is that.
What service(s) can you use to create a website on the blockchain?? super interesting