Back to Reality
Karen and I had an amazing honeymoon, and I want to thank many of you for your emails and notes while I was away. Although I did spend a bit of time keeping up with the domain news while Karen was at the gym, I didn’t respond to emails. I now have a few hundred emails to go through, and I hope to be back at full speed by the end of the week.
For our honeymoon, we spent two weeks in Croatia and Italy and an evening in London. I am still recovering from the trip, especially that last night in London (barely made the flight home yesterday!) In the meantime while I recover and catch up on some business and emails, here are a few domain observations from my honeymoon:
Country code domains are MUCH more popular outside of the US – I would estimate about 40% of the Crotian websites I saw advertised used .hr (Hrvatska) and about 85% of the websites I saw advertised in Italy used .it. I also saw several .gr, .eu, .info websites on billboards, television, trucks, boats…etc. You don’t see much of that in the US with the .us extension.
Companies reaching out to a more global audience (tourism, international companies, real estate companies) used .com much more than other extensions.
Almost everyone we met spoke at least a bit of English, and most were able to understand what we were saying.
While buying country code domain names might seem to make sense, I think it’s essential to determine the proper spelling/meaning or foreign words before investing – (Yeah, I know… “Thanks, Mr. Obvious.”)
I saw quite a few Internet cafes in passing, but even the very nice places I stayed had limited wireless capabilities. Le Meridian in Split, Croatia had wireless in the lobby, but they didn’t have wireless in the rooms. Villa San Paolo in San Gimignano – Tuscany – (by far the nicest spa hotel I’ve visited) didn’t have any wireless that I found. Even the Copthorne Tara in London didn’t have wireless in the guest rooms.
After seeing many advertisements for villas and villa rentals in Croatia and Italy, I believe the recent sale of Villas.com could be considered a steal. Not only did I see websites advertising villas (DalmatianVillas.com and DalmatianVilla.com), many of them were targeting international travelers and used the .com extension.
I had great Blackberry mobile email service throughout the trip – even in Cinque Terre, Italy and Tuscany. No, I didn’t do business while away, but I did get Red Sox scores and other news remotely.
The biggest domain surprise of the trip was seeing a billboard advertising a .tv website at the Dubrovnik (Croatia) airport. Not surprisingly, it was the only .tv website I saw advertised for the entire trip Sorry, had to mention it.
Well, that’s it for now. Time to get back home and get caught up with everything.
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