WONDERcorp: The name has corporate all over it
October 18, 2000 6:26 PM   Subscribe

WONDERcorp: The name has corporate all over it
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posted by sylloge (7 comments total)

gosh, i hope we can talk him down on the price a little bit.
posted by Zeldman at 12:24 AM on October 19, 2000

It would be a great name for a an online bread company. i smell IPO.
posted by th3ph17 at 12:27 AM on October 19, 2000

Oh my god! I just corporated all over the name!
posted by kindall at 1:08 AM on October 19, 2000

Please. I know that names are getting snapped up like hotcakes. Wondercorp is not so grand that some corp's gonna pay that kind of cash for it . . . yet. Give it some time, Lots of time, and he may find a buyer.

posted by Ms Snit at 8:57 PM on October 19, 2000

Given enough time, the whole messy TLD system will be worked out, and we'll have more than one "commercial" TLD.

(I hope I'm not being naively idealistic again. :-)
posted by cCranium at 6:29 AM on October 20, 2000

We may have more than one "commercial" TLD. But one will be preferred, because it's the one browsers default to, and the one users add when they are guessing at a domain name. For the near future, the "com" TLD will continue to remain supreme. All additional business-related TLDs will do is increase user confusion. "Hmmm, now is Apple Computer apple.com or apple.biz?" To alleviate this confusion, companies will register their domains in all appropriate TLDs, and we'll be right back at the current situation, except the barrier to entry will be the price of registering in a dozen TLDs instead of one.

I am really only firmly in favor of three new TLDs: "inc" for corporations, "fam" for families, and "xxx" for sex sites. (Outside the US, perhaps "ag" and "gmbh" for foreign equivalents of corporations would be useful.) The "inc" is natural for companies that advertise as "FooTech, Inc." and "xxx" would be an easy solution to the issue of filtering hardcore porn (merely require all the sleaze merchants' sites to use that domain).

In reality there's no reason domain names should still be being used at all. Even URLs were envisioned by Tim Berners-Lee as a stopgap measure; he was certain something better would come along to replace them, or at least to hide them from users.

posted by kindall at 11:27 AM on October 20, 2000

True 'nuff, but if more TLDs with stricter regulations come out, then the default the browsers choose will hopefully be configurable (since I don't surf corporate sites much), and will probably default to whatever the trademark-enforceable TLD is. (ie, the inc/ag/gmbh/com one)
posted by cCranium at 12:48 PM on October 20, 2000

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