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Emoji + ASCII Domains Can Now Be Registered

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Emoji domainsLast November, I asked readers if they would consider registering an Emoji domain name. At that time, a little more than half of the people who voted said they would not consider registering an Emoji domain name. This morning, I was sent an email from Jon Roig, who let me know people can now register domain names with both Emoji and ASCII characters in them.

Here's what Jon told me about creating Emoji and ASCII domain names along with some examples of them to show their utility:


i❤️.ws is a new Emoji Domain Registration web app created by the Domain Research Group. For the first time, it lets you create domains which contain a mix of emoji and text.


Some examples:




I think these kinds of domain names are creative for a mobile marketing campaign or a fun way for people who know each other to share a fun link. The downside is that → 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: (more…) → Read More


Is Twitter Going to Kill Value of URL Shorteners?

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URL shorteners became very popular with social media users, particularly users of Twitter. A URL shortener is helpful because it can allow a user to have a longer message if the shortened link is fewer than the 23 characters an automatically shortened link uses (Twitter automatically shortens links to 23 characters with its T.CO links).

From what I have noticed, there are many ccTLD domain names that are used by companies and individuals to act as URL shorteners. Some of these are "branded" shorteners such as Read.bi (Business Insider), NYTI.ms (New York Times), Goo.gl (Google), CNN.it (CNN), ES.pn (ESPN) and NYP.st (NY Post) to name a few. There are also shortener services such as Bitly and X.co to name a couple. Many smaller websites also use their own url shorteners to give them more room for their tweet messages.

According to an article on Bloomberg Technology (Bloom.bg), Twitter plans to (more…) → Read More


Why I Invested Six Figures in .WS Domain Names

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I bought a portfolio of more than 200 premium 2-3 character .ws names (CHiPs) because, well, I like making money :-). As every domain investor knows, the Chinese market is on fire. Not only are they buying up short .com and .CN, but they’re buying up many, many other extensions. I think .ws is next. I shouldn’t say “next”, knowing what I know now. It’s already happening.

The registry (Global Domains International) has been holding back all 2 character names, most 3 character names and most numerics. They ran a test and quietly opened up 4 character names for 48 hours. More than 2000 names were registered in those 2 days – with NO MARKETING! And who do you think registered them? Chinese investors. I’d say that’s tell-tale.

Did you know that Wang Shang translates to (more…) → Read More


101Domain to Donate Registration Proceeds to French Red Cross

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I want to highlight a generous offer in a tweet from 101Domain that comes in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris:




The company linked to a Facebook post announcing that (more…) → Read More


Funny Domain Industry Video

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I want to share a humorous domain name business video that I had not seen before. The video was posted to YouTube in 2012, so it's not a new video, but I think you'll get a laugh from it.. The video was created on behalf of the Japan Registry Services Company, the operator of the .JP ccTLD extension.

When I discuss what I do for a living, I have found that people are either really super interested or bored out of their minds.

Thanks to Lori Anne Wardi for sharing this video!

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