Acro.net made a post yesterday talking about a “huge advantage” he says European domainers have over their US counterparts.
Sorry my fellow blogger, I have to disagree with you.
Although not my first trip to Europe to cover an ICANN event I find it a huge disadvantage being 5 or 6 hours ahead of EST.
When I wake up at 8am its 2AM or 3Am back home, completely dead news wise or otherwise, Wall Street won’t even open for another 7 hours.
By the time I’m going to dinner at 8pm its smack in the middle of the the day back on the EST.
By the time the market closes its 9PM or 10pm in Europe and if you want to follow earnings and aftermarket news your doing it at 11pm or midnight.
Whether its placing backorders in on Namejet.com or bidding on expired domain auctions or covering industry news for TheDomains.com, I have to tell you I find it almost impossible to do it operating so far ahead of EST.
Other than ICANN that seems to put news over overnight (although they are headquartered in California), I find no advantage to being ahead of the game to speak.
Actually I found another reason to respect what Kevin Murphy does covering the industry on DomainIncite.com having to do so at a huge time disadvantage.
I guess it will be interesting to get Elliot’s take on all of this when he returns.
I have 5 more days over here they back to normal time for me.