Tuesday, June 30, 2009

.HOTEL Top Level Domain name project to receive support from IH&RA

The International Hotel & Restaurant Association (IH&RA) has announced its support for .HOTEL project.

More information here.

.HOTEL project is explained here

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Top Level Domains in 1997

An old thread dated 1997 with a list of Top Level Domain Names already in use and some being discussed.

The .SEA is an interesting one ... with potential.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Petition for a .RUGBY Top Level Domain

Petition can be signed here :

.SIDNEY & .BASKETBALL new Top Level Domains

Generic domain names starting with "dot" have become very popular. Following the ICANN announcement of the new .SIDNEY and .BASKETBALL coming projects, I hit www.dotsidney.com and www.basketball.com

Cybersquatters, the hunt has begun…

Monday, June 22, 2009


Wolfgang Puck launches ".FOOD"

Portion of the proceeds from .FOOD will be donated to funding philanthropic organisations

More information below:

Friday, June 19, 2009

RESULTS "Protect your brand on FaceBook"

Did FaceBook really act protecting brands ?

I followed the procedure filling in the form made available for brand owners.

I am now the lucky winner to see the face of a dog on the URL I tried to protect!

Trying to protect my brand on FaceBook showed no result.

Now what ?

Thursday, June 18, 2009


More projects coming:

gTLD Revolution plans to apply for a number of new generic TLDs through ICANN's new gTLD process

For more information on these projects, it is here:


Wednesday, June 17, 2009


Wikipedia.org is already very popular.

".WIKI" domain names could add to its popularization hosting content behind its own domain name extension.


The ".VIDEOS" gTLD will provide a new marketing platform for entertainment companies, video sharing websites, and many other businesses of the internet.
Information on this new Registry project is available here.


Actors of the sport and related industry will be able to team behind their own domain name extension: the ".TEAM" project.
More information is available here.


Artists can pre-order their ".ARTIST" domain name.
Pre-registration for artists, musicians, writers, actors, and other related businesses is possible here.


".HOMES" is the home industry project for real estate professionals.
More information is available here.


Looking forward to selling online?

".SELL" project is for you.
More information is available here.

TLDA Association

The TLDA association relates to new TLD projects.

Monday, June 15, 2009

.KAB Top Level Domain

La Kabylie pr├ęsente sa p├ętition de soutien au projet d'extension de nom de domaine ".KAB".
Kabylia introduces its ".KAB" Top Level Domain project. Petition is available in French below.


Thursday, June 11, 2009

Protect your brand on FaceBook

Starting next saturday morning, it becomes possible to apply for your name on Facebook.

If you want to avoid your brand to be used as a Facebook URL, visit the link below:


As a test, I decided to protect "GUILLON", a registered brand at INPI.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

The TLD project at ICANN is just fantastic

I am amazed to see companies and “supposed” professionals of the domain name ... wake up.
I first thought ICANN was taking too long to launch these new TLD's but check the result: this ICANN project has been in preparation for more than 2 years ! We started exposing it to the public in mid 2008. The guide (applicant guide book) has been commented upon once, then twice ; comments were taken into account by ICANN and adapted.

A third version of this manual is now available and there will be a fourth one until ... applicants are able to apply.
  • “Yes”, it is expensive,
  • “Yes”, it is complicated,
  • And “Yes”, Intellectual Property is going to have a hard time.
I am ... happy to read pessimistic studies and comments about this project ; it means one thing : brands, companies and communities are - at last - waking up.

Expensive you said?

Once informed, the only thing I want is to watch companies go beyond their obsession : price.
I know how much it cost a company to advertize in the press for one single print. Won't these same companies invest in a project which will bring them...a much better result - everyday - on Internet?

I wouldn’t be surprised to see that the price of an application is lowered in the first quarter of 2010: it is one of the major feed back I receive these months from the interested communities.


Check the web: few companies have the experience in dealing with these projects. Planning to set up a "Top Level Domain" requires a type of knowledge companies may not have. For this reason it is important to rely on a good partner who will not only be a technical one: a TLD is a very - VERY - powerful communication tool.

Google and Bling.com are fighting hard : which of the 2 will make the better use of new TLDs ?

Intellectual Property

Is it really the job of "Intellectual Property" to decide about a communication project? I believe that the role of intellectual property is to make an advice available; communication people should feel much more concerned about acquiring their own "Top Level Domain name".

Did you realize what the importance of web sites was, 15 years ago? Did you know your email was going to become so important in your business life?

Today, ICANN is offering communities an entry point on the web: their specific "domain name extension".

Let’s take an example: wouldn’t you feel at the right place trying to export your wine on www.export.wine ?

I certainly would.


Tuesday, June 9, 2009

ICANN's 35th International Public Meeting

The conference will be held 21-26 June 2009 at the Hilton Sydney.

A full schedule for the meeting, including a synopsis of each session being held throughout the week, is available on the ICANN Sydney Meeting website athttp://syd.icann.org

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