Domain duel : DropCatch 2 – SnapNames 0

For the second consecutive time, DropCatch.com - a NameBright outfit for catching and auctioning dropped domains - beat SnapNames for a domain I was after. Once touted for its ability to beat other drop catching services, such as Pool, SnapNames charges $69 as a basic fee. DropCatch charges $59. Operating in an industry that measures success in milliseconds, DropCatch appears to be using better-located servers and faster software that grabs the domain of one's choice. So far, I did not have to participate in an auction, and the domain, once paid for, ended up in my NameBright account for easy management. While I am not fully sold on the use of the latter as a domain registrar, I appreciate its integration with DropCatch. Adding insult to 'injury', SnapNames followed up an … [Continue reading]

Domaining Europe welcomes domainers to beautiful Spain

Domaining Europe 2015 opens its gates officially tomorrow, welcoming domain investors from around the world to beautiful Valencia, Spain. From the 23rd to the 25th of April, an elite number of speakers, vendors and sponsors will join domainers that are world travelers, engaging in meaningful discussions and business ventures. As much as I would like to be there, certain obligations this time of the year will not allow me to participate, although visiting Spain is at the top of my bucket list. I'd like to personally thank Dietmar Stefitz, founder of Domaining Europe, for inviting me to the event as a member of the press, I am grateful and honored. Dietmar keeps the balance right, what with other domain conferences being held in the US. Domaining Europe stages a distinct, … [Continue reading]

Oops! Wrong email : My first ever domain sale was an accident

When responding to emails, or composing a new email, one has to be careful about the recipient's address being correct. I tend to double check or triple check the email address, particularly since many corporate emails share the same first part. Sending an email to the wrong recipient can be embarrassing, but it can also cost you proprietary information or other private credentials. I believe I shared before the anecdote about my first ever domain sale, 15 years ago, that was the result of a typo. Having registered a "matrix" domain a year prior, all of a sudden I started receiving emails intended for the other party, a company in Singapore that used the term "metrix". After several weeks of forwarding them emails with proprietary information, I offered them the domain for low … [Continue reading]

Domain buyers claiming to have ‘alternate options’

Nothing is more precious than time. It's the one thing that eventually runs out, and we need to be in constant control of, doing the things we like, need and want. When domain inquiries arrive, … [Continue reading]

Happy Birthday, Uniregistry

It's been a year since Uniregistry opened up its gates, as a modern domain registrar; instead of relying on outdated technology, it was built from the ground up to provide efficient domain … [Continue reading]