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2:33 pm on Apr 5, 2006 (gmt 0)

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From Friday, any organisation or individual wanting to apply for a new .eu domain name will be able to do so. On 7 April the domain will open for registration to the public, with names available on a first-come, first-served basis.

EU Domain registration opens Friday [itweek.co.uk]

Registration for eu domains [eurid.eu] info here.

jchampliaud

2:51 pm on Apr 5, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I pre-registered 26 .eu domains. It will be interesting to see how many I get to keep. And then if they will have any value.

amznVibe

3:05 pm on Apr 5, 2006 (gmt 0)

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The day a .eu domain exists for a successful site with another site owning the .com is the day I will give it more respect.

Right now the extra TLD's are almost a scam where you can be guaranteed a certain amount of income by sponsoring one because of defensive registrations. The fortune 500 know they must register theirs and they pay top dollar for pre-registration.

Mobro4000

3:55 pm on Apr 5, 2006 (gmt 0)

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i'm curious to see how google (and the rest) will treat the .eu extension.

will it get a "local" search boost in all of the eu countries? will the search engines do a copy/paste to create a {searchengine}.eu?

what purpose would a google.eu even serve? why would someone choose to use that over .com?

it will be interesting to say the least. if only to watch the flurry of impending registrations.

jmccormac

4:33 pm on Apr 5, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I pre-registered 26 .eu domains. It will be interesting to see how many I get to keep. And then if they will have any value.
Pre-registration does not equal registration. All pre-registrations will be submitted on Friday and you might actually get the domains if you are lucky. PPC parasites and squatters have already targeted the .eu gTLD. I don't know if Eurid will have the guts to eliminate these threats to the gTLD's viability. There may be trouble ahead when piles of EU citizens start complaining to their MEPs (politicians - members of European Parliament) that PPC parasites are squatting domains.

Regards...jmcc

yummybanas

5:30 pm on Apr 5, 2006 (gmt 0)

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What do you mean I can't buy ebay.eu? :)

belege

5:57 am on Apr 6, 2006 (gmt 0)

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ebay.eu is registred. And most of the nice domains are allready registred.

wolfy

10:36 am on Apr 6, 2006 (gmt 0)

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You can reserve a domain before the opening of registration and hope to get it...

wolfy

OptiRex

2:22 pm on Apr 7, 2006 (gmt 0)



And as usual with the corrupt world of Brussels it stinks!

I've successfully registered 13 of 40 applications however many of the names unsuccessfully applied for are already proven to be domain squatters.

Even my very unusual surname has been grabbed!

For instance my company name, which was denied under the trademarks application since we are self-employed and for which we already have .com, .biz, .info, .co.uk, .in and .cn, for .eu has a registered address for an Adsense ad page!

Their servers are way overloaded with enquiries right now, will have to check over the weekend who grabbed all "my" other stuff!

This scenario actually is now making us reassess our proposed .eu marketing plans since this farce has just cocked-up our intended plans.

We all "knew" it was going to go wrong with Brussels being involved, they've now proven conslusively that they can't run anything correctly.

How long has this ineptitude taken? 3 years?

jmccormac

2:57 pm on Apr 7, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Yep it seems that .eu has turned into yet another clusterfsck of a gTLD. I have no great faith in Eurid considering that they failed to plan for the onslaught of domain registrations today. Their servers fell over frequently with the web based whois timing out and failing to connect. This is incompetence.

The invasion of .eu gTLD by squatters and PPC parasites probably indicates that this gTLD is far from being .com's little brother. It is just another clone of .info or .biz. I do agree that the vegetables in Brussels couldn't run a p*ssup in a brewery.

Regards...jmcc

OptiRex

3:10 pm on Apr 7, 2006 (gmt 0)



The invasion of .eu gTLD by squatters and PPC parasites probably indicates that this gTLD is far from being .com's little brother. It is just another clone of .info or .biz.

Mostly I couldn't agree more however, and very, very strangely, I have been able to secure some names which I doubted very much we would do which means that I shall be able to create something I've wanted to for a long, long time.

By that I mean a genuine business idea I've had in mind for about 30 years.

Their servers fell over frequently with the web based whois timing out and failing to connect. This is incompetence.

I've not been able to access for the past hour or so and my registrar's servers are struggling to cope with this onslaught...no wonder a DDOS attack can easily be launched!

adamnichols45

3:11 pm on Apr 7, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Well i have registered 2 very very very popular domains and if i have these im one happy boy.

Although i have been told that there is a small chance that i might not actually have these!

I just got a phone call from a sales rep to say its looking good at the moment fingers crossed.

on the other note..

everything else im trying to register is taken and i have a long list here...

Your views...

BeeDeeDubbleU

3:12 pm on Apr 7, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Isn't it the case that this is different from the .biz or .info situation? I would think that the .eu TLD will be much more acceptable (and accepted).

jmccormac

3:19 pm on Apr 7, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Isn't it the case that this is different from the .biz or .info situation? I would think that the .eu TLD will be much more acceptable (and accepted).
Actually I think that .eu is quickly developing into a joke. It may have the effect of increasing the number of ccTLD registrations as .eu becomes known as a squatter's parasite's paradise.

Regards...jmcc

OptiRex

4:52 pm on Apr 7, 2006 (gmt 0)



It's Friday 17.40 UK time and the whois.eu is still not available!

Absolutely pathetic.

Isn't it the case that this is different from the .biz or .info situation? I would think that the .eu TLD will be much more acceptable (and accepted).

If all we end up with is a load of squatters then nothing will have been achieved. They had the time, they had the advice and they still made a mess of it.

How can an MFA site, with a completely different applicant name and different company name, be selected/prioritised over genuine business names?

If it were a competitor with the same or similar business style name then I could accept it gracefully however, believe it or not, my company name is the only one used in the world!

The most annoying thing for me is that I wanted to encompass our European office sales sites through one single .eu name yet now, for the moment, they are going to have to remain on the .com and I know of several other companies that were thinking along the same lines.

When registrations come back up I'm going to simply try something like domaineu.eu or eudomain.eu or possibly domaingroup.eu however I may as well create the sub-domain .eu.domain.com

Damned annoying to say the very least but I bet after a few beers tonight and about 3 am I come up with the solution:-)

sonny

5:00 pm on Apr 7, 2006 (gmt 0)

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even rhodeisland.eu is taken. geez!

jmccormac

5:19 pm on Apr 7, 2006 (gmt 0)

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It's Friday 17.40 UK time and the whois.eu is still not available!

Absolutely pathetic.

Kind of makes me want to declare independence from EU. What kind of jerks were responsible for giving this bunch of amateurs the .eu gTLD? It was obvious that there was going to be a surge in domains so it should have been planned for. Instead these vegetables are issuing press releases on the numbers of domains they have managed to register.

If all we end up with is a load of squatters then nothing will have been achieved. They had the time, they had the advice and they still made a mess of it.
When the .eu gTLD gets up and running, it might be worth running a check on all squatted/PPC parasite domains against registered .eu domains.

How can an MFA site, with a completely different applicant name and different company name, be selected/prioritised over genuine business names?
Because the people who ran the .eu procedure were morons who knew fsckall about the domain business?
only one used in the world!

The most annoying thing for me is that I wanted to encompass our European office sales sites through one single .eu name yet now, for the moment, they are going to have to remain on the .com and I know of several other companies that were thinking along the same lines.
Well the only thing I can think of right now is a nice Daily Sun style headline "F*ck .Eu" for Eurid and those in the EU commission responsible for this mess. :) I think I'll stick with the .com brands I have because there is no good reason to go .eu after the cesspool these morons have made of the gTLD.

Damned annoying to say the very least but I bet after a few beers tonight and about 3 am I come up with the solution:-)
Regroup, reorganise and reorder. :)

Regards...jmcc

sonny

5:33 pm on Apr 7, 2006 (gmt 0)

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check .eu whois --very fast

1 [sysinternals.com...]

2 place the whois app in the c:\windows directory

3 start> run> cmd> whois domainname.eu

OptiRex

5:46 pm on Apr 7, 2006 (gmt 0)



Yep, the whois is back up and checking the names of the ones I was not successful for I found mostly squatters, several of them in the USA...errr...what happened there then?

A specific parked domain Dutch registrar seems to have been able to get hold of all sorts of English names with impunity and since when has Romania been in the EU?

My county name was taken by a Romanian registrar...how come?

The following has been posted at eurid:

The first domain names to be registered today were:

dekoration.eu

buchung.eu

tankstellen.eu

exhibitionist.eu

eurorechner.eu


See list of top-3 countries of registrants for the first 4 hours.

Great Britain 176 668 domain names

Germany 138 085 domain names

The Netherlands 100 445 domain names

tankstellen.eu! That's a filling station...obviously loadsa people surfing the Net whilst they are driving in Germany, Switzerland and Austria seeking fuel stations:-)

OptiRex

7:10 pm on Apr 7, 2006 (gmt 0)



Well it's 20.00 UK time and the whois seems to have collapsed into a melted butter mountain, or whatever there is a surplus of this year!

I've been checking through the ADRs:

[eurid.eu...]

however the fees are horrendous enough to put anyone off disputing.

.com 1 .eu 0 - until I've had that beer:-)

chodges84

7:12 pm on Apr 7, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Well, I got 1 out of 2. Although the one I got is hyphenated I prefer it, as I have been marketing my business with the hyphenation. (mainly because the non hyphened c.om was already registered!)

jmccormac

8:24 pm on Apr 7, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Well it's 20.00 UK time and the whois seems to have collapsed into a melted butter mountain, or whatever there is a surplus of this year!
Yep. Though interestingly I was able to register a few domains withing 30 minutes around 1900 Hrs. I've been talking to a few hosters and they've all had problems. It seems that the queuing system that Eurid are using is seriously screwed up. There really should be an investigation of this mess.

.com 1 .eu 0 - until I've had that beer:-)
I don't drink but this is close enough to drive me to it. :)

Regards...jmcc

jmccormac

6:23 am on Apr 8, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Well it might be legit - an Apple user based in the UK. I've seen a few with contact email addresses using domains that have no nameservers and no mailserver.

Regards...jmcc

jmccormac

6:36 am on Apr 8, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Apparently "widget" is a Community trademark in the Netherlands and widget.eu has been applied for in the Sunrise phase. Even the Guardian has something about the .eu fiasco:
[guardian.co.uk...]

It gets even worse - look at the whois for Linux. Only one of them is Linux Torvalds.

Regards...jmcc

adamnichols45

8:32 am on Apr 8, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I have bought 3 domains which im suprised i got - 3 very good search terms.

Say it turns out that on sunday my host emails me to tell me sorry they are not yours after all. We will be refunding you.

Do i have a leg to stand on?

BeeDeeDubbleU

8:54 am on Apr 8, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I don't know how this goes. I applied for 19 names. It's getting on for 24 hours now and their status is still showing, "This domain has been requested".

Pedent

10:59 am on Apr 8, 2006 (gmt 0)

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It seems that the queuing system that Eurid are using is seriously screwed up. There really should be an investigation of this mess.

Let's call it a false start, go back to the beginning of the process, and try again.

(Just saying that because I got nothing? Of course not?!)

amznVibe

2:10 pm on Apr 8, 2006 (gmt 0)

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It's about to break the one million registration mark since the sunrise 300k regstrations (ie. 1.3 million total) in just 24 hours. Very impressive.

7_Driver

2:35 pm on Apr 8, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I think .eu has no credibility now - (much like the EU itself really).

Someone has been registering the domains of all the major sites in my industry (including mine). I pre-registered with one of the largest registrars in the UK - thinking they'd have their act together - but they haven't even updated the status screen to confirm that I didn't get it.

Interestingly, this person has been using fake company names on his registrations!

So .eu has been a smorgasbord of incompetence, muddle, beurocracy and corrupton.

Who would have thought it?

OptiRex

3:08 pm on Apr 9, 2006 (gmt 0)



So .eu has been a smorgasbord of incompetence, muddle, beurocracy and corrupton.

Did you expect any less? It's interesting that I had a similar remark deleted!

Anyway, Sedo have nearly 11,000 .eu for sale on their books...oh yeah fair, very fair:-)

I have since learnt that "my" company name has been bought by one of the "domain namer" companies and may possibly be put up for sale...

One of the most incredulous stories is that the US Embassy applied for both usa.eu and unitedstates.eu and lost to a "Dutch made for .eu registration" American company!

Will they complain?

What's the going subsidy rate for manure at Brussels?

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