Updated: Christmas In July? Not So Much; 1st Day Totals .Christmas 422; BlackFriday 401

Two of Uniregistry new gTLD strings had their first day of general availability yesterday and put up pretty horrible numbers according to ntldstats.com.

Including Sunrise registrations .Christmas ended its first day with just 422 registrations, 18 of them were registered by Uniregistry itself.

Here are some of the domain name Uniregistry registered:

Always.christmas

behomefor.christmas

Boycott.christmas

Camera.christmas

Cameras.christmas

Cayman.christmas

egift.christmas

Flyaway.christmas

Gift4.christmas

Girls.christmas

Grandcayman.christmas

Offers.christmas

Santaclaus.christmas

Secretsanta.christmas

Skivacations.christmas

Stockingstuffers.christmas

Many of the domain names that were just a day earlier as being shown as available for registration wound up being reserved by the registry.

We are not sure if it domain names were moved to the reserved list at the last moment or if the information registrars were getting was incorrect.

.Blackfriday including Sunrise wound up with 401 new gTLD (Now Updated due to lag in reporting by ntldstats.com) registrations after the first day of general availability.

.Christmas & .Blackfriday Just Launched & The Extensions Seem To Be Very Lightly Reserved

Unregistry just launched .Christmas & .Blackfriday  and the registry seems to have reserved a very small amount of domains.

As usually we hunt and peck around for mostly every new extension either to register or to write about.

I was actually surprised to see how few domain names seeemed to be reserved by the registry and I would assume most of those are probably on the ICANN collision list.

Of course Merry.Christmas and Santa.Christmas and thenightbefore.christmas are reserved but going through a couple of hundred domains yesterday I ran into very few reserved domains.

As you can see some brands have grabbed their .Christmas domains and I’m going to go on record saying that .Christmas is going to be Uniregisty most registered new gTLD extension (not counting domains registered by North Sound) which I hope doesn’t occur until at least tomorrow so customers can have the first shot.

Interestingly there are some big brands who applied in Sunrise for just a .Christmas domain or just a .Blackfriday domain

Here are  some .Christmas domains registered in Sunrise:

amazon.christmas
autozone.christmas
bestbuy.christmas
bmw.christmas
celebrations.christmas
chanel.christmas
choo.christmas
emirates.christmas
escada.christmas
fire.christmas
first.christmas
flowers.christmas
george.christmas
hallmark.christmas
jimmychoo.christmas
kinder.christmas
kindle.christmas
lego.christmas
luxury.christmas
moda.christmas
qvc.christmas
radiocity.christmas
retailmenot.christmas
rockettes.christmas
sams-club.christmas
samsclub.christmas
t-mobile.christmas
target.christmas
vancleef.christmas
vancleefandarpels.christmas
viking.christmas
walmart.christmas
xbox.christmas
zappos.christmas

 

Here are some Sunrise Registrations in .BlackFriday:

 

888.blackfriday
alfreddunhill.blackfriday
android.blackfriday
anntaylor.blackfriday
bestbuy.blackfriday
bmw.blackfriday
bodog.blackfriday
chanel.blackfriday
converse.blackfriday
costco.blackfriday
dunhill.blackfriday
facebook.blackfriday
glacierbay.blackfriday
gmail.blackfriday
googleplay.blackfriday
hamptonbay.blackfriday
homedecoratorscollection.blackfriday
homedepot.blackfriday
husky.blackfriday
icing.blackfriday
ikea.blackfriday
loewe.blackfriday
loft.blackfriday
louisvuitton.blackfriday
louisvuitton.blackfriday
merck.blackfriday
michaelkors.blackfriday
perfecthome.blackfriday
rolex.blackfriday
sidecar.blackfriday
sony.blackfriday
thehomedepot.blackfriday
youtube.blackfriday

 

Mr.Berkens Regs The First Uniregistry Domain of the Day on What Was A Busy Day

It was a busy day today for Frank Schilling and his company Uniregistry, as five uncontested strings went live at around 12 noon Eastern time. The strings that went live today were the following: .Pics, .Photo, .Gift, .Link and .Guitars.

Out the gate at 12:03 Frank tweeted:

Pretty quickly there were 2000 regs between Link, Pics and Photo. Frank tweeted his thoughts later in the day with regard to .Link and received a differing opinion from Kevin Murphy of DomainIncite.com

 

 

Later in the day Mike found out he regged the very first name for the day,
Registration no. 1 in today’s launch, across all five TLDs was… 2014-04-15 16:00:00.007486 | 3dprinting.link  | dom101.
Mike picked up a bunch of names and got some nice .pics that I did not even bother checking because I was sure they were on the  collision list or reserved. I checked like 100 names in .pics that made sense and were popular topics. All collision list or reserved, from Booty to Bikini to Cat and Dog to Free and Sexy.
Mike picked up:

3dprinter.buzz
3DPRINTER.LINK
3DPRINTER.PICS
3dprinting.buzz
3DPRINTING.LINK
3DPRINTING.PHOTO
3DPRINTING.PICS
ADDA.BUZZ
adda.link
AUTOGRAPHED.GUITARS
BLACKANDWHITE.BUZZ
blackandwhite.pics
blackfriday.gift
BODYBUILDING.PICS
catcha.buzz
catchthe.buzz
CHECKOUTTHIS.LINK
CHECKOUTTHIS.PHOTO
checkthe.link
CHRISTMASBASKETS.GIFT
clickonthe.link
clickthe.link
COLLECTIBLE.GUITARS
EASTERBASKETS.GIFT
ECARD.GIFT
enlarge.pics
exchangea.link
EXCHANGEA.PHOTO
EXCHANGEA.PICS
FLORIDA.PICS
generate.buzz
geta.buzz
givemea.buzz
giveyoua.buzz
gota.buzz
GOTA.LINK
GOTA.PHOTO
GREAT.GUITARS
hearthe.buzz
lasvegas.pics
live.pics
miami.pics
mywedding.pics
needmore.buzz
ourwedding.pics
professional.pics
PUBLISH.BUZZ
publish.photo
PUBLISH.PICS
satellite.pics
secretary.pics
SELFIES.BUZZ
SELFIES.LINK
selfies.photo
SELFIES.PICS
sella.photo
sharea.link
sharea.photo
shoota.photo
shopfora.gift
signed.guitars
SMART.GIFT
smash.guitars
southbeach.pics
sponsora.link
supermodel.photo
supermodel.pics
supermodels.photo
supermodels.pics
trending.photo
vacation.pics
VEGAS.PICS
whatisthe.buzz

He got what I am thinking is one of the very best .marketing domains with Viral.Marketing. 3600 exact searches and $5.50 CPC. As pointed out by a reader Richard S., this domain was not purchased for a simple handreg but rather over $1,000.
Frank told me later in the afternoon that Link, Pics and Photo had surpassed 10,000 arms length registrations.

Disclosures: Uniregistry is an advertiser on thedomains.com and HybridDomainer.com. New gTLDs are  highly speculative and nothing in this article should be construed as a recommendation, each person must do their own homework and stick to their budget and risk tolerance.

Uniregistry Statement On Pre-Registrations Of Its New gTLD’s

Uniregistry placed a statement on its site last night about Pre-Registrations clarifying that Uniregistry doesn’t offer them:

“””Over the next year, Uniregistry will be rolling out new top-level domains at a steady pace. We are truly excited by the interest in our domain names, and we know that many of our current and future customers share this excitement.

Many times, however, the excitement over new domains leads to disappointment, as registrants who have “pre-registered” their favorite new domain names fail to get the names they had requested.

To address this, we wanted to provide clarity around what “pre-registrations” can and cannot do for you as you look to acquire your new Uniregistry domain name.

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or “ICANN”, the non-profit company that has authorized Uniregistry to offer domain names for registration, also has issued a caution on “pre-registrations” that you can read here: http://blog.icann.org/2013/11/pre-reserve-a-domain-name-or-not-icann-answers-the-question/

First, the “pre-registration” of a new domain name is not a registry service offered by Uniregistry.

Instead, “pre-registrations” are offered by third-party registrars, under a variety of business models.

None of these “pre-registration” services can guarantee that you will receive the right to register your domain name of choice.

Typically, a “pre-registration” is simply an offer to place you into the registration queue the moment a new registry opens for new registrations.

If you have a pre-registration, you may be competing against other registrants who also have pre-registrations. The first registration to reach our registry system after the registration period opens will be given the domain name.

Second, some of the domain names that registrants seek at the opening of a new gTLD are reserved from registration.

ICANN prohibits us from releasing certain domain names for sale.

This prohibition includes some common words and all two-character domain names. We also are temporarily prohibited from releasing some popular domain names that are on ICANN’s so-called “names collision” list.

In some of our TLDs, the number of domains on the “names collision” list is in the tens of thousands.

Likewise, under the ICANN required “Sunrise Period”, certain rights holders are eligible to register names prior to the opening of general registration. After the sunrise period concludes, we also reserve from registration certain premium names that we will make available for registration in the future.

We have provided lists of reserved domain names, in all three of these categories, to our registrars.

While we have encouraged registrars to check availability against these reserved lists prior to accepting a “pre-registration,” not all registrars have chosen to conduct these availability checks. As a consequence, some registrars are taking “pre-registrations” for domain names that were never eligible for release.

We also are aware that some registrars that are not accredited with Uniregistry nevertheless have offered “pre-registration” for domain names in Uniregistry TLDs.

If you use a non-accredited registrar to pre-register Uniregistry names, you will NOT have a chance at registering your chosen domain name. Non-accredited registrars do not have access to the Uniregistry system and cannot register a domain name on your behalf. An up-to-date list of all Uniregistry accredited registrars is available on our website, at http://uniregistry.link/registry/where-to-buy

Thank you for following the launch of the Uniregistry top-level domains.”””

Uniregistry Reserved & Sunrise .Pics Domains You Won’t Be Able To Register

I went through the zone file for .Pics the next new gTLD of Frank Schilling’s Uniregistry that will go live on April 15th.

The registry gets to reserve 100 domain for its own use in the operation and promotion of the registry so far Uniregistry has selected 64 of these which are:

affiliate.pics
auction.pics
247.pics
auctions.pics
buy.pics
cart.pics
contact.pics
corp.pics
create.pics
diy.pics
dom.pics
domain.pics
domains.pics
email.pics
everyday.pics
finance.pics
find.pics
get.pics
geta.pics
getmy.pics
getyour.pics
help.pics
iwant.pics
iwanta.pics
join.pics
lease.pics
legal.pics
list.pics
lookup.pics
main.pics
make.pics
manage.pics
market.pics
marketplace.pics
move.pics
names.pics
nic.pics
operations.pics
pay.pics
payment.pics
picture.pics
pictures.pics
reg.pics
registera.pics
registrar.pics
registrars.pics
registry.pics
renew.pics
rent.pics
report.pics
reports.pics
reserve.pics
reserved.pics
search.pics
secure.pics
sell.pics
shareyour.pics
signup.pics
try.pics
uni.pics
unireg.pics
uniregistry.pics
webmail.pics
website.pics
whereareyour.pics

Sunrise registration for .Pics domain names closed on March 28th.

Here are some of the more interesting domain registered during that period and will be not be available once general availability opens up:

888.pics
account.pics
adobe.pics
adsense.pics
adwords.pics
android.pics
azure.pics
bing.pics
blogger.pics
chrome.pics
entrepreneur.pics
excel.pics
f-1.pics
f1grandprix.pics
f1racing.pics
flash.pics
flickr.pics
formula1.pics
formula1grandprix.pics
formulaone.pics
freepeople.pics
gaytravel.pics
grandprix.pics
halo.pics
imdb.pics
immo.pics
instagram.pics
intuit.pics
kindle.pics
kinect.pics
members.pics
next.pics
office.pics
outlook.pics
pearl.pics
photoshop.pics
picasa.pics
powerpoint.pics
rolex.pics
skype.pics
standard.pics
stock.pics
streetview.pics
surface.pics
weather.pics

If your wondering is is the weather channel that got a Sunrise application on the domain weather.pics, a company by the name of Nemetos Group GmbH which got the domain stock.pics in Sunrise based on some “trademark”; next.co.uk got the domain Next.Pics; NLY Scandinavia AB got member.pics; Lexsynergy Limited that got standard.pics; Entrepreneur Media, Inc got Entrepreneur.pics and  Graham Saywell of  Auckland got the domain 888.pics with his trademark.

Uniregistry can add more domains to its reserved list for its own use before launch and can have a reserved list of premium domains as well. Moreover domains on the ICANN collision list will not allowed to be registered.