Has the gTLD domain market plateaued?

I will be the first to admit it: I haven't registered a considerable number of gTLD domains in weeks. With the exception of Uniregistry domains, and .link, .photo in particular, I have not registered any other new gTLDs in recent memory. When I developed a strategy for the launch of gTLDs and brands, my expectations were not different: I am still after select meaningful, keyword+gTLD combinations. It seems, however, that the urge to go after some of the most recent gTLDs has plateaued; as far as I am concerned, this is not a matter of cumulative cost, but a side effect of two factors: The lack of promotion by the Registries about their respective gTLD launches The particular gTLDs being released, currently. Regarding #1, I believe that while Uniregistry tends to differ, … [Continue reading]

Sometimes, rules are meant to be broken

I'm all for playing by the rules, but sometimes there's a higher calling. I was running late for lunch today, and on top of that I missed an exit, forcing me to drive to the next light. The line on the left was shorter, so naturally I took that, not noticing a guy who was placing a triangle behind his van. As I rolled my window down and waved, he asked if I had jump-start cables. If there is something I always keep in the trunk, that's a pair of lengthy jump-start cables, and I decided to stop and help as that lane was closed anyway. The guy was distraught, as his commercial van was loaded with groceries, but there was no way for me to help him by being behind his van. Traffic was merging into the right turn lane, slowing down, then moving to the front of the van. He had no AAA … [Continue reading]

The world does not revolve around domainers

As much as I hold the partial title of a 'domainer', it's more for an inner city reference than for public identification outside of that circle. The world, in fact, retains very little respect for domain investors, that are often labeled with 'squatter' or 'opportunist' and other such negative epithets. As a developer, I am able to switch to a different perspective and observe the domain world from a different viewpoint; instead of obsessing with the pitifully small domain industry, I can incorporate its benefits and exclude its vices. It comes as no surprise that those with no skin in the domain game, and particularly the new gTLDs, are those that somehow end up demanding a process suited to their needs; they are the ones who dislike something, and at the same time demand large … [Continue reading]

What is at stake after the Sedo intrusion incident

On Saturday, I reported a potential glitch at Sedo that might have generated emails sent to existing users, asking them to confirm their accounts. Today, Sedo announced in an email, that the … [Continue reading]

Did Sedo mass-email old accounts due to a glitch?

Having been a Sedo account holder for a decade, I still use their services to acquire domain names listed on the Sedo marketplace. That being said, I am no longer selling domains on Sedo, due to a … [Continue reading]