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What's the Big Deal with .MOBI ?

Will this be the next .info or .us?

   
12:52 am on Feb 15, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I can't figure out the big deal with .mobi. Can someone explain to me why this won't end up like .info or .us? Is this all just hype? Will users not just use .com names on mobile devices?
1:01 am on Feb 15, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Will users not just use .com names on mobile devices?

I suspect people will default to the best, most useful website that can be viewed in a portable device and, from what I've seen, portable devices are getting pretty good at rendering websites - most of which reside at .com addresses.

1:11 am on Feb 15, 2008 (gmt 0)

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If it ends up like .info then it will be doing quite well.

Google now indexes over half as many .info pages as it does .co.uk pages.

.co.uk 544 Million
.info 287 Million

.mobi has been heavily marketed and domainers have bought in to it big time.

Is it a bubble or the next big thing? I suppose it depends whether the marketeers can convince enough corporates.

The one thing that does come out loud and clear is TLDs take years and years to gain critical mass - or mass usage/acceptance.

There are no quick fixes for any new entrants be it .info .eu, .mobi or .asia. Or even for an established ccTLD that is latterly opened up at the second level (and for a massive economy) like .us

2:38 pm on Feb 22, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Depends on the niche or content of the .mobi website.

Some areas lend themselves naturally to mobile Internet (finding a cab, for example)

2:24 am on Feb 25, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Thanks for the feedback. At this point I think i'd rather continue to brand my domain.com for both web and mobile access. Thus far I have no problem detecting a mobile device and rendering a mobile version of my website when necessary.
4:29 pm on Feb 25, 2008 (gmt 0)

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If you ask me a lot of domainers are getting confused about the difference between the huge potential of the mobile internet and the limited potential of a new tld that was simply created to exploit it.

What we have been witnessing lately is just the "smart money" exploiting the huge potential of the mobile internet via the pump and dump of a domain extension. It would be wise for newer domainers to just stand aside and let the big boys and girls play their games because in the end, that's all it will prove to be.

Just like the stock market, the biggest players can manipulate and move markets thru their words and actions but in the end, after all the easy money has changed hands, it's the retail investor, the little guy, that is left holding the bag.

The the mobile internet does not need .mobi and neither do you :)

 

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