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11:06 pm on Feb 16, 2006 (gmt 0)

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How big do you think the .eu domains will become? as big as .net?

Is it a smart investement?

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10:29 pm on Feb 17, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Not a squatter type investment. The domain registration can be disputed if it is registered purely for squatter purposes.

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Also, you have to reside in or have a company link to a EU country to register a .eu domain name.
6:56 pm on Feb 27, 2006 (gmt 0)

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.eu may not become as successful as .net
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.eu is restricted to europe. How can it have the global appeal of a .net?
8:54 am on Mar 6, 2006 (gmt 0)

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It probably won't become as popular as .net.

Just like Cerebrum said, it's not a "global" TLD, so while it will be popular in Europe, it doesn't have the same wide appeal.

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I'm not sure how popular it will be in many parts of Europe. The initials "EU" represent the European Union in fewer than half of the official languages in Europe. For example, "EU" in French represents …tats-Unis, or... the United States.

The .eu TLD is hampered by the fact that it makes sense in English/German, but not in French, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Portugese...

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Well it has attracted the bottom feeders already. Just take a look at the dubious applications for high profile trademark brands such as Google or Yahoo or Microsoft.

It will take at least 12 to 18 months before anyone can really say that .eu is a success. The chances are it might turn into another minority gtld.

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I think it will take off ..

certainly to end up bigger or as important as country domains ... within the EU..

11:32 am on Mar 6, 2006 (gmt 0)

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encyclo:
...The initials "EU" represent the European Union in fewer than half of the official languages in Europe....

Intersting posting, encyclo. I did not yet think that far. This might be a major challenge for .eu to be a success.

PS. The statistic on sunrise applications per applicant's country might be interesting:

[status.eurid.eu...]

Weight these figures with the population (or the number of the respective ccTLD domains, for example)per country and one might get a good estimate about the attraction .eu has in a certain country compared to other countries, at least among those who qualify for a sunrise application.

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Interesting table, thanks for sharing

Weight these figures with the population (or the number of the respective ccTLD domains, for example)per country and one might get a good estimate about the attraction .eu has in a certain country compared to other countries, at least among those who qualify for a sunrise application.

Those figures may be a little skewed as a small number of registrants have applied for hundreds of domains each.

As I understand it the Sunrise conditions are more easily met in some jurisdictions than others.

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gpmgroup:

Those figures may be a little skewed as a small number of registrants have applied for hundreds of domains each.

Definitely. It will be interesting to see the numbers per applicant's country for domains registered once the landrush is opened. If they publish.

gpmgroup:
As I understand it the Sunrise conditions are more easily met in some jurisdictions than others.

I am not sure about that. Did not had the time to check , but as they have appointed a validation agent, I would assume that there is something like common "sunrise conditions" regardless of the applicant's jurisdiction.
[pwc.com...]

Just a sideremark:

Other interesting figures:

Applications under Sunrise 300,656
Domain names applied for 218,656

1.5 applications per domain name... Seems that PricewaterhouseCoopers has some work to do. ;)

(figures from [status.eurid.eu...]

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I would bet against it becoming wildly successful as it's not language-to-country targeted.

There are 20 official languages in the EU, with German being the most spoken, followed by English and French.

I would much rather have dišten.de or dišten.com or diets.co.uk for their inherent local-targeted type-in value, than diets.eu.

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There are 20 official languages in the EU, with German being the most spoken, followed by English and French.

No, not exactly... Germany has the greatest population, but English is still the most widely spoken, as a second language...
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I am not sure about that. Did not had the time to check , but as they have appointed a validation agent, I would assume that there is something like common "sunrise conditions" regardless of the applicant's jurisdiction.

The Sunrise trademark requirements are the same regardless of jurisdiction. What does however vary between jurisdictions is the requirements/criteria for getting a trademark. In one or two countries it might not be unfair to say they give them out almost like confetti and in others that just wouldn't be seen as cricket.
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I see .eu being popular with euronational companies, but beyond that not as popular, recognised or as trusted as individual country domain names.

As has been pointed out, .eu makes sense to only a minority of member states and the EU is hardly the most popular institution in Europe anyway.

Lots of people will no doubt be registering every dictionary word in every language either to speculate or develop so it's certainly going to be a klondyke for those selling the names anyway. As they say, make your money selling spades to the gold diggers.

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that is a very nice said..... :)
 

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