“.Moe” Could Potentially Hit over 200 Million Registrations! ”
Is the first line of a press release out this morning by Interlink Co., Ltd., a new Domain Registry Operator, announcing that the new gTLD .Moe is in general availability meaning it is open for live domain name registrations on a first-come, first-served basis.
Interlink calls .Moe the “Internet’s most unique Top Level Domain (TLD)”
Of course there are over 113 Million .com registrations so if the registry hit there predicted 200 million registrations it would make the world no longer a .Com world but a .Moe world.
Its one of the boldest predictions I have ever read which the registry seems to have based on the results off a poll it took of a whopping 100 people, 70 of which preferred .Moe to .Com.
“The word “moe” (pronounced as “moh-ay”) comes from the Japanese Otaku (geek) culture and is used to deeply express “kawaii” (cute things) or things you “love” where words just won’t do. The “moe” subculture is globally recognized for anime, manga, comics, visual novels, gamers, cosplayers, and hobbyists.”
The PR goes on to say that “Interlink conducted a survey to identify which new gTLDs users have the most interest in while participating as a sponsor at the Japan Expo event held in Paris, France (2-6 July 2014). Participants were asked to select their preferences for various domains (ex. “.moe” vs. “.com”; “.moe” vs. “paris”). The results showed that “.moe” was more popular amongst this audience by a large margin over other popular new gTLDs (see below for more details of survey).”
“Calculating the results for “.moe” vs. “.com” (“.moe” won by a vote of 70 to 30) the number of “.moe” registrations could potentially double “.com” (113,401,886 as of January 2014!). ”
“If the entire world population were Otaku (geeks) “.moe” could hit 264,604,400 registrations!”
*Interlink surveyed participants of all ages at the Japan Expo exhibition booth. Each person was allowed to answer only one questionnaire, and each survey closed once it reached 100 votes. The results below show the number of votes for each set of TLDs.
Which domain do you prefer: .moe or .com?
Result:”.moe” (70) vs. “.com” (30)
Which domain do you prefer: “.moe” or “.paris”
Result:”.moe” (82) vs. “.paris” (18)
Which new gTLD do you prefer?
Result:”.moe” (61), “.club” (17), “.xyz” (10), “.dance” (6), “.vegas” (4), .shabaka” (2)
To find out where you can register your .Moe domain name you can click here Hint Not at Godaddy.
.Moe domain registrations are around $17 at Hexonet.