Yes on April’s Fools Day.
I guess its poetic justice that the ccTLD for arguably the most rouge nation on earth didn’t even know any better than to open up its extension on April’s Fools Day
I didn’t write about it yesterday because I knew everyone would think it was a April’s Fools Day Joke.
According to one domainer who participated in the Land Rush for the .So registry said they got the domains, books.so for $51 and Pirates.So for $10.
The fact that the registry even made the domain name Pirates.so available is quite a sad statement as to how little the registry knows about domain names and the domain business.
How many .So domains did we register?
.So there should be plenty of good domains left.
Here are some of the details:
“The policy for the TLD .SO is liberal, there are no restrictions concerning the registrants, no local presence service is needed. The registration period for domains registered during General Availability has to be at least one year and maximum ten years. .SO domain names must be made up of a minimum of 3 characters and a maximum of 63 characters (excluding the extension). Only the Latin alphabet letters a-z, digits, and hyphens will be accepted.”
“Domain names beginning or ending with hyphens, as well as domain names with hyphens on the third and fourth position are prohibited. Technical operator of .SO is the Japanese company GMO Registry, for the operative tasks the Somali SO registry is responsible. The “sponsoring organization” of the TLD is the Ministry of Post and Telecommunications of Somalia.”
“Many memorable .SO domain names are still available”
That maybe the understatement of the year.
As an extra added bonus it does not seem that the registry whois is working properly.