Notes and thoughts from GopherCon 2015

GopherCon, the largest event in the world dedicated solely to the Go programming language, has been taking place in Denver this week. Software Engineer Pat Moroney checked in with a recap of the news and highlights from the conference, as well as some of his own thoughts. Take it away, P-Mo!

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We’re going to Las Vegas for NamesCon, and we have a sweet giveaway


We’re heading to Las Vegas on Jan. 11 -14 for NamesCon! It’s going to be four days of domain geekery, and we’d love to see you stop by the Rightside booth and give somebody from a high five. In addition to getting one of the most incredible high fives of your life, we’re going to be giving away an ultra-nerdy domainer premium domain: But wait, there’s more! We’re going to bring a pile of t-shirts and other swag with us, which means that we’re hooking you up with a giveaway, discounts, and making you look stylish (helping you achieve superfly-looking domainer status).

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SXSW Day 4 | High Five Guy Nears 10,000 (and Ninjas)

No matter how amazing Austin and South by Southwest can be, by day four you feel like you’ve been dragged through an insomnia swamp of bad choices and beer. There’s a dirtiness, a stickiness, a longing for a salad and your own bed. It is at this point, with tired eyes, raspy voices and the tension of four people sharing a tiny house for too long, that you find our team trying to get to our goal of 10,000 high fives.

Throughout the week, #HighFiveGuy has touched more people than a tent revivalist. And it would not be without exaggeration to say we’ve found religion in the streets. It’s the Cult of the High Five, and people love to participate, especially when a simple slap of the hand raises money for Austin Children’s Shelter...

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Day 3 of #SXSW | Grumpy Cat and Miley Cyrus

This is Part 3 in a series of posts about our #HighFiveGuy campaign at SXSW | Part 1 | Part 2

You may have wondered what #SXSW is all about. Well, it’s the best kind of insanity all stuffed into a few days in Texas. Now you can be a part of it without even buying plane ticket. Simply share #HighFiveGuy on your social media and we’ll add you to the tally of our 10,000 high fives. It’s fun, it’s easy and it’s important. Important? Yes. With every high five we donate to Austin Children’s Shelter.

Now, Grumpy Cat:

More fun with HIGHFIVEGUY

Save some money with HIGHFIVEGUY, our March Promo Code. Use it at checkout to receive $10.25 registrations and renewals on COM/NET domains, and $24.99 registrations on GURU domain names. Also, you can use HIGHFIVE for discounts on ...

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Dogs, Monkeys and Rob Corddry | SXSW Day 2

This is Part 2 in a series of posts about our #HighFiveGuy campaign at SXSW | Part 1 | Part 3

Never underestimate the power of doing good. As one observer noted, “High Five Guy is taking over South by Southwest.” Here’s the whole story of what we’re doing, and here’s a quick video of day 2, featuring Norman the Dog, a cheeky monkey, Rob Corddry from Hot Tub Time Machine and Mark Duplass from The League.

We’re going to take over the world, one charitable high five at a time.

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10,000 High Fives @SXSW | Day 1

This is Part 1 in a series of posts about our #HighFiveGuy campaign at SXSW | Part 2 | Part 3

You’ll know us when you see us. We’re with the #HighFiveGuy, who could also be mistaken for some unhinged soul carrying a bomb.

Fear not. It’s for good. It’s a counter tallying up every high five because each awareness-elevating hand smack is also a donation to the Austin Children’s Shelter.

Also, this is how awesome the Internet can be.

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All we can hope to do to reward such awesome people with promo codes, like HIGHFIVE to save on .CO domains, RapidPress and email. Or use HIGHFIVEGUY for COM/NET and GURU domain discounts. And drinks. Maybe we can buy you a drink.

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And with this Encouragement, let the 10,000 begin | #SXSW

We’d write more, but Steve is out to prove the haters wrong.

Is that “haterz?” We’ll be back with more, and remember, you can join in the important effort with #HighFiveGuy on our Twitter and Facebook.

What are we talking about? Here’s the whole #HighFiveGuy story with easy ways to save on domains names, websites, and your very own email.

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How to be at SXSW without actually being at SXSW

As you may have heard, read, seen, or intuited, we’re going to South by Southwest in Austin, Texas to get 10,000 high fives. For every high five we’ll donate a nickel to the Austin Children’s Shelter, and with every high five you should get a sweet, tingly sensation for being a part of something so amazing.

You may already be overwhelmed with ease and convenience with which wholesome goodness can be attained … but it gets even better (echo: better etter tter ter er r): Simply incorporate #HighFiveGuy into your Tweets, Facebook updates, or blog posts when sharing what we’re about to do at #SXSW, and we’ll incorporate your name and business/website/short message into one of our videos. Here are some sample Tweets you might send:

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Those are just some examples, but once we see the grandnes...

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My Trip to Another Planet: An American Goes to Munich to Talk Domains

Smash and Shamazon do Munich

Smash and Shamazon do Munich

The Internet is freaking exploding with growth. Not only is it expanding by the creation of new namespace via new TLDs, but access to the internet across the globe is growing rapidly, supplemented by technologies like tablet devices and mobile smartphones making it even easier to plug in. Information is a commodity and as humans we are addicted. I’m pretty sure I already knew this, but I hadn’t synthesized what it means to you, to me … to all of us, until I had my mind = blown in Munich. Product Manager (and all around badass) Shannon Brown and I had the pleasure (and I use that word lightly because I’m not exactly a ray of sunshine after an 8+ hour flight) of traveling to Munich to learn about the New TLDs at the conference. Though the travel was long and exhausting, I walked away with a refreshed and energized perspective on the future of the Interwebs and the role our team is going to play in it. If you’re looking for a lowdown on who spoke at the conference READ THIS. The info nuggets and mini brain explosions about the intersection of “Life + The Internet” I walked away with are below:

tl;dr: The Internet is fundamentally changing, expanding, and growing rapidly. It will continue to alter how we live, interact, and do business. New TLDs provide an enormous opportunity for innovation, so start your brainstorming.

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Startup Inspiration: Startup Weekend Denver is really excited to once again support Startup Weekend Denver, which begins tonight. This isn’t the first year we’ve supported Startup Weekend Denver, and we’ve returned because supporting our local startup scene is one of our favorite things to do. It allows to help inspired minds bring brilliant ideas to life in just 54 hours.

What is Startup Weekend?

Startup Weekend is a 54-hour event where a group of the most motivated developers, business managers, marketing geeks, graphic designers, and more descend onto one location to build a variety of projects. It’s a fantastic opportunity for people to do a lot more than just network with other startup gurus...
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