| 2:08 am on Jan 25, 2005 (gmt 0)|
A few months back I read an article about how a few of the big tech companies were pushing for a ".mobile" extension so you could tell which sites were "mobile" friendly for devices and such. Why do we need to keep adding these almost useless domain extensions for thing we could just as easily use subdomains for? I think a better use of the current landscape would be for sites to run a mobile version through something like mobile.widgets.com. Why do I have to now spend another $30/year on keeping a domain name that I don't need just to protect my trademark.
Same applies here. Do you think anyone is going to start using the ".travel" sites instead of orbitz or expedia? No. I'm not typing in orbitz.travel. I'm still going to type in orbitz.com. I think it is just a waste of time and money.
| 4:42 am on Jan 25, 2005 (gmt 0)|
|Do you think anyone is going to start using the ".travel" sites instead of orbitz or expedia? No. |
Oh I don't know... First the travel industry is not all about orbitz and expedia. You would be amazed at the travel resources out there that turn in some dollars. Second, I know some big companies who bought up when registration first opened. I really scored on a few during the frenzy when the registration first opened. Checking in, I see several large companies still holding on to their investment.
Knowing the travel industry (Huge as it is) I believed and still do think the .travel will fly (no pun intended) than most extensions submitted for proposal. Why? I believe this supports better branding and communicates at some level to the audience. It is also better for future companies as to those who have been a .com.
I do see the flip side of this, and perhaps it will never take off… which is why I bring it up again... what is the future of the .travel. While a year ago it was not ICANN approved, now it is and there seems to be a serious future.
| 7:45 pm on Jan 25, 2005 (gmt 0)|
|I am quite please that I did not let the good names I have expire |
I think you might be more than a little disappointed
1) .travel is not fully approved, only it has passed the 1st ICANN round/test.
2) .travel you own I guess are from another company - non ICANN approved. These require a pluggin for users to "see" sites with these extensions in their browsers.
3) The New Microsoft ANTI Spyware software does not like these pluggins and will cause the browser to display ICANNs new .travel names instead.
| 8:37 pm on Jan 25, 2005 (gmt 0)|
I can't wait for the mid 90s style fake gold rush for domains.
| 12:46 am on Jan 26, 2005 (gmt 0)|
I call www.travel!
| 4:37 am on Jan 26, 2005 (gmt 0)|
|2) .travel you own I guess are from another company - non ICANN approved. These require a pluggin for users to "see" sites with these extensions in their browsers. |
You are correct. However a phone call to the woman in charge did the trick. Our domains will be brought in as top level domains once contract negotiations are complete. So we are good to go. Had we waited any later and these would have been lost as she explained.
I don't claim to be a domain wiz, and yes I was familiar with the new.net plug-in. I was assured from the company no plug-in will be required.
(laughin at the 90s thing) Good one...
I was naturally thinking the same thing at the time of buying. Loosing these won't break me and felt the investment was worth a shot.
In sum: there are a lot of dot.whatevers that get put up... seeing .travel over the last year and now making further process I am pleased.
| 4:53 am on Jan 28, 2005 (gmt 0)|
Anyone who thinks they have a prior claim to a .travel name is going to be in for a big shock. ICANN will not allow this. So you will be left with the TM sunrise then a landrush which will see maybe 50 registrars competing for every decent name. Not good odds unless you had the foresight to get a real TM application in a while ago.
If anyone thinks that owning an unofficial domain gives them a right to anything then I will happily sell them mobi.org.uk so they can start sites such as chat.mobi.org.uk and claim all of the decent .mobi names - does that sound ridiculous? I hope so as it's just the same.
Off soap box now, still seething though.
| 1:11 am on Jan 30, 2005 (gmt 0)|
Anyone know the date that we can start submitting landrush requests with the registrars for .travel domains?