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Geographic .CO Domain Awarded via Founders Program

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.CO Registry Founders ProgramI received some good news a couple of days ago.  My Founders Program application for a geographic .CO domain name was approved, and I can take possession of the domain name very soon. I will need to build it out and launch it in the next few weeks, and I will share the development process as I go.

I am very excited about this domain name because it wouldn’t be possible for me to own the .com, and the .CO will be used as part of the branding strategy behind the website. I am still working out the development details, but it’s going to be an exciting project.

Before I announce the domain name I was awarded, I want to see if anyone can guess which name I applied for and was awarded, and the first person to post the correct domain name will win a $50 credit from me at Name.com. I won’t reveal the answer until Monday. One guess per person, and the few people I told aren’t eligible :)

You can also have a look to see who is currently using .CO domain names via the same program.


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Comments (77)

    Ms Domainer

    denver.co

    July 17th, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    Mark Fulton

    NewYork.co

    July 17th, 2010 at 2:16 pm

    Mark Fulton

    Wow, I really should of typed that in before guessing. Can I try that again?

    July 17th, 2010 at 2:17 pm

      Elliot

      @ Mark

      I haven’t developed my .CO yet :)

      July 17th, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    morgan

    nyc.co

    July 17th, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    Troy

    “I am very excited about this domain name because it wouldn’t be possible for me to own the .com, and the .CO will be used as part of the branding strategy behind the website.”

    Easy, it must be

    SanFrancis.co

    July 17th, 2010 at 2:29 pm

    Kevin M.

    Burbank.

    July 17th, 2010 at 4:12 pm

    Kevin M.

    epp!! I misread your post, thought you ‘had’ the .com!

    so…., LosAngeles??

    July 17th, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    Andre

    jerusalem.co?

    July 17th, 2010 at 4:26 pm

    Nadia

    I don’t know why everyone’s guessing California names.

    Aspen.co

    That would have been my choice, anyway. :)

    July 17th, 2010 at 4:27 pm

    Louise

    HongKong.co

    The reason is this: the founder’s program application specified your plan. From domains you posted at your in the past, it seems you have been there and have knowledge of it. Further, those Hong Kong names you didn’t sell, you could use to point to the BIG ONE. That’s a big name! Congrats, if you got it.

    – L

    July 17th, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    Arun Basil Lal

    I have to assume it has something to do with NYC. But those two are already taken.

    NewYor.co . is that it?

    July 17th, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    Priv

    Denver.co is the most logical one. Think about it, *everyone* in US recognizes it when they see it.

    July 17th, 2010 at 5:24 pm

    Daniel Felipe Torres Ramirez

    google.co lol thats one you cundt get in .com lol i dont it would be something like e.co or geo.co

    July 17th, 2010 at 6:19 pm

    Ace

    USA.CO

    July 17th, 2010 at 6:38 pm

    NetJohn

    Elliot.CO

    July 17th, 2010 at 6:48 pm

    Elliot

    google.co and elliot.co would not be considered geographic domain names 😉

    July 17th, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    high

    Map.co ?

    July 17th, 2010 at 7:10 pm

    Bob Fitz

    Manhattan.co since it is current HQ

    July 17th, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    TV Parts

    You have a thing for MA city names, so I’ll guess …

    Boston.co

    July 17th, 2010 at 9:34 pm

    Gordon

    Denver.co would be my guess

    July 17th, 2010 at 9:34 pm

    Nadia

    I have to stick by my original submission, since it’s only one entry per person, but I just thought of a great way to tie in the .CO in the branding by using the word “online.” However, I think you would go for the word itself without a suffix. That would be a heck of an acquisition, if it’s what I’m thinking of. Now I’m going to be thinking about this until Monday.

    July 17th, 2010 at 9:45 pm

    Pat

    Manhattan.co

    July 17th, 2010 at 9:50 pm

    Steve M

    America.co 😉

    July 17th, 2010 at 9:56 pm

    Daniel Felipe Torres Ramirez

    i am thinking of G.co lol

    July 17th, 2010 at 11:49 pm

    zamaan

    Good news!
    btw, the domain you were awarded is SanFrancis.Co i guess :)

    July 18th, 2010 at 2:02 am

    Kevin

    Vegas.co? 😛

    July 18th, 2010 at 2:39 am

    Senator

    Earth.co ?

    July 18th, 2010 at 7:35 am

    Attila

    Well if I’d have to guess, I’d say:

    Slums.co
    or
    UpperEastSide.co

    Depends where you live :-p

    July 18th, 2010 at 7:59 am

    Afif

    Hi Elliot,
    I went for a Google search to know you better, read some articles and I narrowed it down to a few possibilities (NY,danvers,Massachusetts,New England etc) but your statement had me thinking

    ——I am very excited about this domain name because it wouldn’t be possible for me to own the .com———

    so you are excited about this domain which must be pretty valuable for its .com version.
    I would take a wild guess and choose

    NewYork.co

    July 18th, 2010 at 10:12 am

    Elliot

    I wasn’t going to give an update…. but you’re all wrong so far :)

    One “clue” I will say is stick to geo locations – cities, states, countries, regions…etc.

    July 18th, 2010 at 10:13 am

    Attila

    Elliots probably pulling our leg and put the domain in the title: Geographic.CO

    July 18th, 2010 at 10:30 am

    Elliot

    @ Attila

    Nope

    July 18th, 2010 at 10:32 am

    Nadia

    The suspense is killing me! Geo.co. Either that or a state name. Agghh!!!

    July 18th, 2010 at 10:34 am

    Arun Basil Lal

    In that case, I think its fair to try again.

    With reference to your top 10 favourite domains, my guess is Paris.co

    😉

    July 18th, 2010 at 10:56 am

    Mike

    I have a few good ideas Elliot but I can’t narrow them down in my head.

    July 18th, 2010 at 11:39 am

    Elliot

    @Arun

    Without rules there would be chaos :)

    July 18th, 2010 at 11:41 am

    NetJohn

    @Elliot

    Well, actually it can be ‘tranformed into a GEO” …..for example, there is a town in Ontario, Canada named “Elliot Lake” …and a town in the State of Maine named “Eliot” ….furthermore, there was a ghost town in Louisiana names “Elliot City” that was wiped out by floods.

    Some towns & cities are renamed (ie: Bombay, India and Primm, Nevada)….you could also consider “Elliotville” – :)

    It’s like that !

    July 18th, 2010 at 11:49 am

    Andrew Rosener

    Soho.co

    Are we allowed to guess more than once?

    July 18th, 2010 at 11:59 am

    Ryan

    Elliot,

    Well you do like the New England area… did the Boston globe get rights to Boston.co or is that your geo? If Boston is already taken, use my guess as Colorado.CO…

    Thanks

    July 18th, 2010 at 1:49 pm

    Bob Fitz

    Elliot,
    Can you please clarify the process for some of us. Last week I paid Godaddy $300 a pop for a “first shot” at a number of geo.CO’s Now, I see them still available for registry at NetworkSolutions.com, 300.com.co, etc.

    Was the $300 worth it or is godaddy just going to take a run at my .CO’s and pocket the spread if I get it, putting me at the top of their request list for the domain? Did it actually increase my chances over a $30 fee?

    Thanks for your time and help.

    Oh, second guess at your .CO – America.CO

    July 18th, 2010 at 2:01 pm

    Logan

    I’ve always suspected you to be a Branch Davidian so I’m going to guess:

    Wa.co

    July 18th, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    ron

    i think its whak.co

    July 18th, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    Attila

    And all these years I thought it was spelled ‘whacko’ …

    July 18th, 2010 at 2:35 pm
    July 18th, 2010 at 8:56 pm

    Domain Report

    My guess is

    Israel.co

    July 18th, 2010 at 10:41 pm

    Elliot

    Nobody has it yet… :)

    July 18th, 2010 at 11:22 pm

    Elliot

    Think cities, states, countries, regions….etc. No hacks either. Straight up geo .CO

    July 18th, 2010 at 11:23 pm

    Mike

    does that rule out state abbreviations?

    July 19th, 2010 at 12:32 am

    George Pickering

    Mexi.co

    July 19th, 2010 at 12:46 am

    LexisDomains

    I pretty sure it’s Massachusetts as he has several variations of this state, (Lowell.com, Newburyport.com) but not specifically Massachusetts!

    I am I right?

    July 19th, 2010 at 12:52 am

    borat

    borat.co or mysexy.co

    July 19th, 2010 at 2:56 am

    Afif

    I wasn’t going to give an update…. but you’re all wrong so far :)

    One “clue” I will say is stick to geo locations – cities, states, countries, regions…etc.
    ——–

    Darn, there goes my chance… Can I change my choice :p

    July 19th, 2010 at 4:09 am

    AB

    telaviv.co?

    July 19th, 2010 at 8:34 am

    Attila

    Come on Elliot, its Monday, 10am (10pm for me, me in China)….the suspense is killing all of us.

    July 19th, 2010 at 9:54 am

    Elliot

    @ Attila

    Nobody got it surprisingly. I am waiting to actually have the domain name secured before announcing it.

    July 19th, 2010 at 9:56 am

    Attila

    Hrmm… This name better be worth the suspense you’re putting us through. I am about to have an peptic (yeah, I own that dot com) ulcer at age 26…

    July 19th, 2010 at 10:00 am

    Mike

    US.co

    July 19th, 2010 at 10:05 am

    Alex

    Bogata.co

    July 19th, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    Daniel Felipe Torres Ramirez

    im thinking of others like: map.co or place.co

    July 19th, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    RICHARD St Cyr

    Hi Elliot,

    Is it rio.co

    July 19th, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    David Taylor

    Keep your fingers crossed Elliot as I just received notice that I lost all of my .CO applications.

    July 19th, 2010 at 11:07 pm

    Steve

    Given that you said:

    “…and the .CO will be used as part of the branding strategy behind the website.”,

    AND,

    “… stick to geo locations – cities, states, countries, regions…etc.”

    I would guess ColoradoRiver.co as it represents a ‘region’ (the Colorado River region) and the .CO lends itself to branding/conceptual considerations, such as:

    ColoradoRiver.COlorado
    ColoradoRiver.COmpany
    ColoradoRiver.COmpanies
    ColoradoRiver.COmmission
    ColoradoRiver.COnservation
    ColoradoRiver.COmmunity
    ColoradoRiver.COmmunities

    July 20th, 2010 at 12:36 am

    Attila

    Is it me or does anyone else feel this has to be the most widely discussed article on Elliots blog? Besides the one where the goof tricked us about starting to charge for posting comments, lol

    Oh the suspense. DoT CO, just transfer the domain over to Elliot so we can know what we’ve been BS’ing about in the comments area for the past 3-4 days!!

    July 20th, 2010 at 12:46 am

    joseph slabaugh

    OK I figure why not, there are so many to guess, and since it appears noone guessed it right, I might as well try…

    Alabama
    Alaska
    Arizona
    Arkansas
    California
    Colorado
    Connecticut
    Delaware
    Florida
    Georgia
    Hawaii
    Idaho
    Illinois
    Indiana
    Iowa
    Kansas
    Kentucky
    Louisiana
    Maine
    Maryland
    Massachusetts
    Michigan
    Minnesota
    Mississippi
    Missouri
    Montana
    Nebraska
    Nevada
    NewHampshire
    NewJersey
    NewMexico
    NewYork
    NorthCarolina
    NorthDakota
    Ohio
    Oklahoma
    Oregon
    Pennsylvania
    RhodeIsland
    SouthCarolina
    SouthDakota
    Tennessee
    Texas
    Utah
    Vermont
    Virginia
    Washington
    WestVirginia
    Wisconsin
    Wyoming
    AmericanSamoa
    DistrictofColumbia
    FederatedStatesofMicronesia
    Guam
    NorthMarianas
    PuertoRico
    VirginIslands

    Montgomery
    Juneau
    Phoenix
    LittleRock
    Sacramento
    Denver
    Hartford
    Dover
    Tallahassee
    Atlanta
    Honolulu
    Boise
    Springfield
    Indianapolis
    DesMoines
    Topeka
    Frankfort
    BatonRouge
    Augusta
    Annapolis
    Boston
    Lansing
    SaintPaul
    Jackson
    JeffersonCity
    Helena
    Lincoln
    CarsonCity
    Concord
    Trenton
    SantaFe
    Albany
    Raleigh
    Bismarck
    Columbus
    OklahomaCity
    Salem
    Harrisburg
    Providence
    Columbia
    Pierre
    Nashville
    Austin
    SaltLakeCity
    Montpelier
    Richmond
    Olympia
    Charleston
    Madison
    Cheyenne

    I know that is throwing a wide net, but hope I got one right! I don’t care if I don’t get the credit, but I would like to thank 50states .com for the list of geographic names in America.

    July 20th, 2010 at 7:11 am

    Joseph Slabaugh

    (Marchex owns that site BTW.)

    July 20th, 2010 at 7:18 am

    don

    guessing your plan only makes sense for a smaller niche market in order to have gained approval…my initial guess would be someplace animal friendly to cross promote your dog, cat and bird sites….but more locally to you would probably be

    cambridge.co

    July 20th, 2010 at 4:44 pm

    david

    tobac.co?

    July 22nd, 2010 at 4:39 am

    Attila

    Drum roll please….the domain is…

    Ok, jk…

    Any news on the domain acquisition Elliot?

    July 22nd, 2010 at 9:33 am

    Afif

    @joseph – lol even with that depth choices presented non were correct. Its bahamas.
    http://www.domaininvesting.com/announcing-co-acquisition-7772
    Nice one there Elliot.
    Congratz, if you need some seo work for it I opened a thread on dnf related to it.

    Cheerio

    July 22nd, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    Daniel Felipe Torres Ramirez

    bahamas.co

    July 22nd, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    Elliot

    @ Daniel

    Nice try but a few days late.

    July 22nd, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    Daniel Felipe Torres Ramirez

    then whats the domain name?

    July 22nd, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    Daniel Felipe Torres Ramirez

    OMG i hadnt read u had announced it well it will be in other opportunity, lol it was just a post before mine, well at least i know i said the proper one although u had already revealed it,

    July 22nd, 2010 at 3:46 pm

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