.GOP To Launch On July 7th

The new gTLD .GOP will go live for registrations on July 7th 2014 according to a email we received from the registry

The .GOP new gTLD was applied for by The Republican State Leadership Committee, (RSLC)  a group that seeks to elect Republicans to state-level offices not the National Party.

According to the email;

“.GOP will be major factor in the future of Republican efforts to organize, fund raise and connect voters online. ”

“Soon elected officials, candidates, grassroots activists and citizens across the country will be able to engage in an online community through the .GOP domain.”

The RSLC “created the new top-level domain in an effort to build the GOP’s online community, and to give the party’s online fundraising efforts a leg up.”

“Anyone will ultimately be able to register for a .GOP domain name, regardless of party affiliation”

“It creates that connection between a teenager trying to start a blog, all the way to a college group to candidates,” said Will Martinez, vice president of sales and marketing at .GOP.

The tag will also make key websites easier to find, said Mr. Martinez, who envisions sites like Register.GOP that could help bump up the number of registered voters.

Organizers also plan to offer incentives for signing up for a website, such as offering exclusive content to .GOP domain holders.

 

Dot Chinese Online & Dot Chinese Website’s Landrush Period Closes at 3:55AM UTC

The land rush period for Dot Chinese Online (.在线) & Dot Chinese Website (.中文网) TLDs  Closes at 3:55AM UTC
According to an email we just received  Dot Chinese Online (.在线) & Dot Chinese Website (.中文网) TLDs have “been amonsgt the most successful in the history of ICANN’s New gTLD Program.”

Landrush for Dot Chinese Online (.在线) & Dot Chinese Website (.中文网) ends at the following times:

UTC – Thursday April 24 at 03:55
China – Thursday April 24 at 11:55
New York – Wednesday April 23 at 23:55

The key facts about Dot Chinese Online & Dot Chinese Website:

“Of all New gTLDs, we had the largest number of Domains Under Management (DUMs) on the first day of Landrush (more than 10,000 DUMs in both TLDs as at March 20, 2014)
We have booked $584,000 in premium domain name sales since our first day of Landrush, March 20th.

Our hybrid live-online auction in Macau raised US$182,000, and another US$402,000 has been booked in the last three weeks.

We anticipate excellent sales performance of our premium domain names through coming months.
China’s media has continued its love affair with Dot Chinese Online & Dot Chinese Website. We’ve logged 2,550 media appearances since April 2013 — an average of 49 for every week of the year.
Dozens of Fortune 500 brands have registered domain names in Dot Chinese Online & Dot Chinese Website.

Thinking about participating in Landrush but no Chinese language ability? Check our new “help for non-Chinese domain name investors” website chineselandrush.com for plenty of plain-English help and inspiration!

General Availability of our domains will begin at:

UTC – Monday April 28 at 13:00

China – Monday April 28 at 21:00
New York – Monday April 28 at 09:00

 

 

Meet The 1st New gTLD Serial Cybersquatter, As Farris Nawas of Austin Loses His 3rd URS

The National Arbitration  Forum has suspended the domain name registration for SPANX.clothing after an examiner in a Uniform Rapid Suspension proceeding  (URS) found the registrant,  Farris Nawas of Austin Texas infringed on the trademark of Spandex.

Since the only business line Spandex is involved in is clothing, it is the no-brainer type of registration that the URS was designed for.

This marks the 3rd time that Farris Nawas has lost a URS on a new gTLD domain name in just 5 weeks.

Mr. Nawas previously lost URS proceedings on the domain names bbva.careers and dana.holdings and Forbes.com already called him out in an article entitled “Cybersquatters Rush To Claim Brands In The New GTLD Territories

Looking at some of Mr. Nawas other new gTLD registrations I’m going to boldly predict this is not going to be the last URS filed against him:

andor.technology

avalon.holdings

babiesrus.clothing

babycenter.clothing

biscotti.clothing

carters.clothing

centerpoint.ventures

chinacommunications.construction

chinamobile.careers

cigna.careers

colehaan.clothing

cornell.directory

disney.clothing

emerson.careers

esteelauder.clothing

eton.clothing

herschel.clothing

hertz.holdings

herveleger.clothing

houseofdereon.clothing

iwatch.technology

jackspade.clothing

jafco.ventures

jasolar.holdings

johnstonmurphy.clothing

jonesnewyork.clothing

josephabboud.clothing

kidsrus.clothing

kiyo.holdings

kohlberg.ventures

kors.clothing

livingsocial.clothing

marshall‐melhorn.careers

mcgraw‐hill.careers

michaelkors.shoes

micron.technology

nexteraenergy.careers

nickiminaj.clothing

ninaricci.clothing

oscar.clothing

oscars.clothing

oshkosh.clothing

pinterest.clothing

princeton.directory

ritz.photography

ruelala.clothing

rutgers.directory

sap.ventures

societegenerale.careers

sofinnova.ventures

stanford.directory

suny.directory

telefonica.careers

thirdrock.ventures

tommyhilfiger.clothing

toysrus.clothing

xn‐‐faonnable‐r3a.clothing

yelp.clothing

What makes Mr. Nawas registrations of trademarked terms of well known brands even more disheartening is that he has some good new gTLD registrations and a few very good one’s so he apparently knows what a good domain is and could have used the same money that he spent on domain names he is going to lose on  non-infringing domain registrations.

Here are some of Mr. Nawas other new gTLD domain registrations:

borrow.clothing

breathable.clothing

classy.clothing

cleanmy.clothing

colorful.clothing

coupon.clothing

dressup.clothing

edible.clothing

fingerprint.technology

georgetown.directory

halloweencostumes.clothing

ironfree.clothing

ironmy.clothing

like.clothing

onsale.clothing

press.clothing

pressmy.clothing

redcarpet.clothing

seductive.clothing

slimfit.clothing

snowboarder.clothing

stainfree.clothing

thriftstore.clothing

wash.clothing

washmy.clothing

wrinklefree.clothing

How Many Letters On To The Right of the Dot is Too Many To Be A Hack?

A domain name hack has traditionally used ccTLD’s to form words and made it a brandable domain.

Some of the more famous hacks are bit.ly, and del.icio.us

instagram.com started out as instagr.am

But now with the new gTLD’s people are using them to form words with longer extensions to the right of the dot.

So .Land with 4 characters to the right of the dot, has become a popular hack in terms of registrations with domains like statenis.land, virginis.land, fireis.land as well as lake.land just tot name a few.

.Estate has also become the subject of a lot of “hack registrations” locking into “real.estate despite there will be a .realestate.

Some of the .estate domains hack I saw include

ALBANYREAL.ESTATE
ATLANTICCITYREAL.ESTATE
BAHAMASREAL.ESTATE
BERMUDAREAL.ESTATE
BOCAREAL.ESTATE
BRONXREAL.ESTATE
CUBANREAL.ESTATE
DAYTONAREAL.ESTATE
EASTHAMPTONREAL.ESTATE
HOLLYWOODREAL.ESTATE
PALMBEACHREAL.ESTATE
SOUTHHAMPTONREAL.ESTATE
I saw a bunch of hacks registered using the new gTLD .Red which launched this week to form words including:

blur.red
captu.red
clea.red
docto.red
empowe.red
enginee.red
expi.red
explo.red
favo.red
featu.red
flou.red
gea.red
inb.red
inju.red
lawye.red
laye.red
offe.red
onehund.red
orde.red
pai.red
pou.red
powe.red
prefe.red
prepa.red
procu.red
pur.red
refer.red
remembe.red
savou.red
spi.red
sponso.red
sto.red
suga.red
uninspi.red
uninsu.red
wage.red

So what do you think about hacks and the new gTLD’s?

 

 

 

KeyBiscayne Gets Creative with .Email

The people behind KeyBiscayne.org are offering residents the opportunity to get their own KeyBiscayne.email address.

Posted on their website:

KeyBiscayne.org was selected to manage the email address of the Island Paradise.  Key Biscayne residents and businesses have the exclusive right to use the address @keybiscayne.email and have the option to receive VIP offers sent only to @keybiscayne.email address (optional, you can opt-out of this benefit).

Thanks to its exclusivity, you can have your perfect email address: Instead of robert_smith1954@gmail.com, for example, you could have bob@keybiscayne.email (or kate@keybiscayne.email, ana@keybiscayne.email, etc).

They go on to say that you must prove you are a resident before your email account will be activated.

KeyBiscayne