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I Don’t Get .Web Domain Names

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Earlier this morning, Andrew Allemann broke the news that the auction for the .Web new gTLD extension “has concluded with a $135 million price.” I really don’t understand why .Web is so appealing that an entity reportedly paid 9 figures for the rights to operate the extension.

In my opinion, Internet-related terms such as “web” and “world wide web” are less widely used today than years ago. Web seems almost passé, in my opinion, although the longer term “website” is still used by pretty much everyone.

I did a Google Trends search of “web,” and the results seem to corroborate my opinion on this. Aside from a slight increase in the last couple of years, there has been a significant downward slope for “web,” as you can see from this screenshot I took: → Read More


UDRP Filed Against KGP.com

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KGP.com UDRPWhen I was looking at UDRPSearch.com this afternoon, I noticed that a UDRP was filed against KGP.com, a valuable three letter .com domain name. Because the UDRP was filed at the National Arbitration Forum, the complainant is not publicly known and likely won’t be known until a decision is published. This is case #1685573.

According to Whois records, the domain name is currently registered to an entity called “KGP INTERNATIONAL LIMITED.” The domain name has a creation date of July 25, 1995. The landing page on KGP.com says “A new project is coming to you. Revolutionizing Social Media.” There are no pay per click links or other advertising that I could see on the domain name when I checked this afternoon.

I did a Google search for KGP, and it looks like → Read More


Indian Government to Give a Boost to .IN Domain Names?

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Sedo’s Albert Schimmel tweeted a link to an interesting article from India’s Economic Times about the Indian government’s effort to give a boost to .IN domain names. As you probably know, .IN is the ccTLD for the country of India.

For Indian companies and entities, .IN domain names are already fairly popular, although .com is apparently even more popular there. The Indian government, which manages the .IN ccTLD, is planning an advertising campaign to encourage Indians to use .IN domain names.

Here is an excerpt from the Economic Times article that discusses this upcoming marketing effort: → Read More


HaydenPanettiere.com Expires and Set for Auction

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It looks like HaydenPanettiere.com has expired and is going to be auctioned at NameJet should it not be renewed today. For those unfamiliar with her, Hayden Panettiere is an American actress (tv and film) who is engaged to world champion boxer Wladimir Klitschko.

HaydenPanettiere.com was originally created back in 2000. Because she is 26 years old now, that means the domain name was originally bought (likely for her) when she was around 10 years old. It looks like the domain name was originally registered on her behalf, and although the domain name has had privacy enabled at various points in time, it appears that → Read More


Nominations Open for Annual Domain Industry Awards

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THE Domain ConferenceHoward Neu sent out an email this morning announcing that the nomination period is now open for the annual domain industry awards, formerly known as the TRAFFIC Awards. The awards will be announced and given out at THE Domain Conference on September 13.

Domain industry award nominations are being solicited for the following awards: → Read More


Sunday Afternoon Domain Thoughts and Updates

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Elliot Pan Mass ChallengeI am almost done my Pan-Mass Challenge training. Since the beginning of May, I have been slowly increasing the mileage of my bike rides. In June, I began doing longer rides on consecutive weekend days, maxing out at around 120 miles over two days. With the PMC two weeks away, the training schedule is tapering down a bit. Yesterday’s 68 mile ride was the last long training ride before PMC weekend! I feel pretty good and am ready to ride! Now all I need to accomplish is my $10,000 fundraising goal for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and its Jimmy Fund.

Here are some of my domain name industry thoughts and updates from the last week or so. As always, you are welcome to share any of your updates in the comment section, especially if you found something that others might find interesting: → Read More


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