Two decades ago, the world wide web was relatively young and quiet. Now it's not a bad idea to buy up domains
to prevent others from mis-using them
, but back then that sort of online prank was unknown. Brooks Talley and Mark Pace were among the first to register such joke domains
, setting up buchanan96.org (now cyber-squatted and blocked from displaying by robots.txt
, not to be confused with dolekemp96.org
). 4president.us has more screenshots of the official '96 pages
, if you want to peak back at how presidential candidates presented themselves online twenty years ago.
CEO Bob Parsons
has just returned from a trip to Zimbabwe and has posted a video of the killing of a "problem elephant"
(graphic images). The response has been fairly predictable: outraged tweets
and Facebook posts
, and a very special award from PETA
With many GoDaddy customers vowing to take their business elsewhere competitor NameCheap.com
has taken the opportunity witha special offer of $4.99 transfers
and a donation to Save The Elephants
Pornography will have its own top-level domain, dot-XXX
, the board of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers decided Friday. This decision angered both foes of pornography
of internet porn
Net set for 'language shake-up'
plans to allow
internationalized domain names with non-Latin characters.
What'll you find at rum.com, van.com, war.com or cat.com?
A more-fun-than-most web quiz from the Mental Flossers
about some of the best domain names and who owns them. [more inside]
Some interesting facts about domain names.
The results of significant number crunching on 3.5GB of .com domain name records yield some intriguing stats - for example, did you know that every single permutation of three letter acronyms is already taken within the .com hierarchy? And that nearly 80% of four letter combinations (not actual words, but just random XSLA.com style gibberish) is reserved? 100% of the top 10,000 family names in America are also booked.
The Sinking of Tuvalu
, by Kevin Maney
. The bizarre story of an island nations sinking fortunes.
It's What Comes After The Dot, My Dear,
that really matters
in Internet addresses, don't you know? A useful list of TLDs (that's Top Level Domain names to you, kiddo
) is also a reminder of the incredible variety of cool ISO country codes. If there are personalized license plates, why not e-mail addresses? I, for instance, am definitely looking into acquiring a prestigious .mc
address. Unless it means actually having to move to Monaco, God forbid. [Via Bifurcated Rivets.
Have you ever wondered how many Am I X Or Not?
sites there are? Check your names here
. And if you're looking for inspiration for a new domain name look no further than this
nifty tool that they
Today's brain teaser: a pro-life activist buys up a bunch of domains
(full list at the bottom of this page
) similar to organizations (and their directors), newspapers, and products.
Free speech or deceptive domain squatting?
Are the days of speculative domain buying and hoarding over? On the one hand we've got places that still expect to get $40,000 for lame domain names like NY1.info
and then there's splorp.com's domain name of the week
, which provides some pretty cool names for the taking.
How many domain names do you own? I only own two, not counting suffix variations and my wife's business domain, but I know some people who have
lots more. My office mate routinely registers domain names (just the other day we were talking about how rollajoin.com
would be a funny name for
a database tutorial site and he registered it that night), and I have another friend who owns laid-off.com
and wants to give it away
. So are domain names still gold or have they been reduced to trinkets?
www.worldtradecenterbombing.com, .net, .org
have been registered. For what purposes, I don't know. I've been wondering if anti-arabic domains, other similar WTC-style domains and if register.com, namezero, etc. have the capability to deny or register for themselves such sites. Whether for hatred purposes or, as vile as it sounds, for $ purposes. I guessing no. And I hope the site above was registered to keep it out of the hands of someone with less than virtuous ideals.
University of Colombia, registrar of the ".co" ccTLD, wants to sell the new dot com
The University of Columbia is in charge of assigning names to Columbian domains, and it wants to get in on the same act as Tuvalu, Togo, and the US
. Dissenters say its a public trust. Of course, much like newly minted TLDs like .biz etc., yahoo.com will of course want yahoo.co, and so on. Is there no solution?
Domain name game to get hot this summer... Kent Jordan, who represented .info registry Afilias, said the process has been challenged by people who believe that trademark holders should not have first crack at domain names containing their names. "We reject that," he told the audience.
New.net lauched today,
with their attempt to create their own TLD registrar that seems like a bastardization of DNS. Most people will need to download a plugin
, is there any chance this could be successful? Is ICANN doing anything to stop them or will they just die on their own?
Register.com to Auction Web Addresses
``My shoes are not for sale, but if someone on the street offers me enough money for them, I'll walk home barefoot. It's the same with domain names,'' Is it really? I would think an identity, as many would argue domain names can become, is a bit more irreplaceable than a pair of shoes.
Hasbro loses fight to steal Clue.com from Clue Computing.
Finding that there was no significant evidence to establish the likelihood of confusion necessary for conventional trademark infringement and no evidence of "dilution", The US Court of Appeals rejected the claim that the "clue.com" violates Hasbro's trademark on the board game "Clue".
Score one for the little guy
Top level domain names lodged with ICANN.
These are the TLD's lodged with ICANN, of which we might see the first ones early next year. And yes, .xxx is one of them.
Somebody call a lawyer!
is a blatant case of someone ripping off someone else's trademark in a URL if there ever was one. (Courtesy of Hard OCP
Divas Defeat Goliath!
The Digital Divas have been successful in their effort to get Microsoft
to cease and desist use of the Digital Diva name.
Oh shit, oh piss, oh dear. Judge rules domain names are not property.
We had enough problems with this in the last decade with 800-numbers. <sigh>
Anyone know how they got that domain? Which NICs are allowing "unusual" characters, and how widespread is the standard?
I've never actually seen this in use (probably because I'm totally amerocentric in my browsing), but apparently you can get some wäĉkŷ characters
in your domain name if you want to, assuming you want a dot-nu domain. If your browser speaks Japanese, you can even have a kanji
domain. That's pretty neat.
Yet Another Domain Name Dispute Develops (YADNDD): chunkymunky.com
gets a Cease & Desist from chunkymonkey.com
. One is a windows software site, the other a fan site about a cartoon character. Is there any cause for confusion on the part of users wanting to visit either site (actually, one would have to misspell "monkey" in order to get to the windows site)? Should the chunkymunky.com site owner have taken down his/her site? Who is going to protect domain owners from future things like this happening?
interNIC lost my business!!!
To take the heat (and any possible lawsuits) off of them, they have now changed thier policy to revoke anyone's domain name at their discretion.
Phil Sbarbaro, NSI's legal counsel, offered a parallel to summarize prevailing law: "You don't own a domain name any more than you own your phone number."
I don't know about you guys, but I am definitely finding another registrar to transfer my domain names to...ASAP!
To continue the theme,
Yahoo starts going after "sound-alike" domains with a little help from ICANN.
I don't believe it...
I actually agree with something Network Solutions has done. They've apparently changed their policy to make domain name squatting more difficult. The story sounds sympathetic to the two ladies in question, but I'm not. Ok, maybe they should have been a touch more careful in how they *rolled out* the new policy, but the policy itself is about 5 years overdue.
Now, if we could just get them to *do what we tell them to*...
I was thinking buying some new URLs, and I was suprised to see WebDork.com
was not only taken, but the owner has a kind of cool site up. Hmm...I wonder if HTMLackey.com
is taken? If you're looking for good unused domains, check Grant's Domain Name of the Week page
some good discussion about purchasing domain names. As always, there's a lot of crap in the discussion, but a few informative posts.
Page 33 of the latest Red Herring is a full-page ad for Morrison and Forrestor, attorrneys at law. What's great is that in big, yellow print is the firm's URL: mofo.com
. Now, they have
to be aware of the multiple meanings here, but they appear to be playing it straight, and the site is full of MoFo news
and MoFo history
The owners of the i.am domain
for a long time gave out free redirects. My home page was i.am/so_smrt
, and my resume was i.am/for_hire
. Now it appears the domain is under new ownership, or it has been hacked. Either way, I have to change my .sig.
Well, the eToys/ETOY fiasco may be over.
Although, I don't like it when their lawyers say they're not pushing the case any longer, and specifically saying they're not dropping the case. As if the threat will always be there or something.
Thanks to the scarcity of good domain names, we're stuck with stupid ideas like piiq.com
. Here's their deal: you put the letter 'p' and 'q' around anything you want, and their site will come up, like pbookq.com
, and pfoodq.com
. Stupid, stupid, stupid.