ICANN is currently evaluating a couple of thousand applications for new top level domains. Most of the applications are for new and interesting domain extensions (the bit on the right of the dot) that will provide greater consumer choice and foster competition. Unfortunately a smaller subset is from a companies that believe they have special rights to corner off entire … [Read more...] about Big Companies Trying To Monopolise .blog, .cloud and more
I spent a lot of today following the new TLD "reveal" which was being streamed from London. As soon as the list of applications was made available I downloaded it and have been trying to get my head around the rather long list ever since! For someone who works in the internet industry today's "reveal" was important and pretty exciting. I'll be posting at greater length … [Read more...] about The New TLD Application List Is Out!
The .xxx domain went live yesterday afternoon, so we've been having a bit of fun coming up with imagery to promote it. This one might not make a lot of sense to non-Irish people, but it's influenced by a popular postcard that used to be on sale back in the 1980s: And this one is my personal favourite: There's a whole load more over here. And if you want to … [Read more...] about XXX Advertising
As a domain name registrar I spend a lot of time interacting with domain name name registries and their staff. Some registries are fantastic to deal with, while others just give me headaches. When it comes down to it, however, the headaches aren't caused as much by inane or restrictive policies (though they obviously don't help) but by communication issues. Even if a … [Read more...] about Love Hate Relationship With Registries