Get the Website You’ve Always Wanted: The new gTLDs Bring Back the 90s

You may remember a decade when the economy rolled and opportunity smelled like teen spirit. It was the 90s, a time when the Internet was new and fresh and you could get venture capital just by breathing. It was a time of joy, with boy bands leaping about and Will Smith helping people everywhere get Jiggy wit it. It was also a time of great innocence, before we knew how bad the Star Wars prequels were, and just how quickly so many of the great domain names would get gobbled up. Nowadays you can’t just saunter on to the web and expect to get yourname.com or even yournamebackwards.net. It’s a tougher world we live in…unless…unless YOU COULD GO BACK IN TIME!!

Or maybe not. You don’t need to be sucked into a wormhole, vaporized across dimensions and subjected to Bill and Monica! Because soon you’ll be able to get exactly the website you want. The new gTLDs–or as we call them, The New Dots–are coming and you can get on our new TLD Watch List right now. Tell us what extensions you hope to get, and soon you’ll be the horse trainer with yourname.horse, the newly engaged couple with brideandgroom.wedding, or the creative juggernaut with yourstudio.art.

The opportunities of the 90s are back. Let us know if you want to get your pet a .pet, or maybe your gamer a .game. There are over 1900 potential domain names like .blog, .bank, .app, .lol, .kids…and yes…even .wtf. You didn’t miss an opportunity in the 90s…you were just holding out for a better one! So now what are you waiting for? Get connected with The New Dots today!

Podcasting gets Smarter (and profitable): Michael Sitarzewski of Callisto.fm Explains the Pivot

Podcasting always starts as an exciting idea. And then you and your friends get together and record two or three before your show fades into the Internet’s littered oblivion. Michael Sitarzewski’s growing startup company, Callisto.fm, is proving that with the right information your podcast can become successful, even profitable. Callisto.fm is garnering attention from some very big players because producers of all kinds of media, from movies to music, are realizing the importance of knowing who is listening and when. But this idea of gathering harmless data wasn’t always the focus of the popular Boulder company. Their CEO explains what they do, why it’s important, and how you’ve got to know when to pivot.

The Insightful comes out every Wednesday and features timely, useful information for entrepreneurs of all stripes, from startups to established businesses…to the employees to who make them work and grow. The Insightful features something for anyone wanting to succeed.

Fwd: Deployment

Hushed but excited golf commentator: It all began when Salvadore in Dev announced a new “sexier look and feel” to the navigation menu in a user’s account (oh, and he honored P-mo on his birthday). What happened next was expected, a pat on the back from our VP of Awesomeness, but then we were all taken aback by Henrik’s kitty meme. He is Sweden’s gift to America!
To get the most out of this, read from the bottom up. Thank you.
———- Forwarded message ———-
From: The Swede
Date: Wed, Aug 29, 2012 at 2:37 PM
Subject: Re: Deployment
To: VP of Awesome <>
Cc: The Stache, “All Company”

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On Wed, Aug 29, 2012 at 9:37 AM, VP of Awesome wrote:

Nick,

Keep up the good work and you could earn yourself a Certificate of Awesomeness like Sherri did.
VP of Awesome

Senior Software Engineer
R&D
VP of Awesome
Name.com LLC
On Wed, Aug 29, 2012 at 10:28 AM, The Stache wrote:
In honor of Pat’s birthday, a deployment is just about to go out with changes to the navigation menu that a user sees when they log into their account. The changes include:

– New sexier look and feel
– Added a top level menu for Security Settings
– Moved a few links around
– Put more items into the Product Management menu
– Moved the functionality for enabling and disabling renewal notices from the side menu into the ‘Edit Defaults’ page (see screen shot)

Enjoy, and let me know if you see anything less than awesome.


The Stache
Best Boy Grip

 

Snooki, Perez Hilton, Madden 13, GuildWars 2, RNC, Hurricane Isaac, Apple, Samsung on trenD

Well Snooki’s vodka broke and she bore unto the world a new baby boy. You can’t be but happy for her and the new family, especially overcoming the odds of being, well, Snooki. But is her story big enough to top Perez Hilton’s Twitter gaffe?

It’s a “versus” episode of trenD that pits Madden against Dragons, Republicans versus nature and Apple against Samsung. YOU make the call with all the latest trends married to domain names in your favorite web show: trenD

trenD
A show about what’s trending across the internets.

Want to express yourself on these trending topics?
Buy these domains and build your site @ name.com

Republicans storm chasing?
gopstorm.net
climitt.com

It’s all about Jersey babies.
jerseybabes.us

Celebrate Apple or sympathize with Samsung.
patenttrolls.co
techlaw.biz

Show your fandom.
gamedrop.co

Promote the best videos on the web.
bestwebvideo.tv

Watch the full video of “Baby Got Back Sung By the Movies” here:
http://www.youtu.be/wPcapo5ZB_o

Watch the full video of “Barack Obama Singing Call Me Maybe” here:
http://www.youtu.be/hX1YVzdnpEc

Prince Harry, Lance Armstrong, Avril Lavigne, Chad Kroeger, Cat Videos, Apple & Samsung on trenD

No matter what you think of controversial topics, you’ll find a home with today’s trenD. Lance Armstrong, who has taken some verbal beatings as of late, has now said he’ll no longer fight the doping allegations. Some say it’s because he’s getting old and tired of the harassment, others say he needed to avoid the ugly trial which would further tarnish his image. We say something entirely different. And, to be honest, I’m a little worried you might be mad. But it’s the off-the-cuff marks that make the world go round, so please join us on this carousel of danger, entertainment and commentary…and the available domain names that go with them.

To Boldly Go Where No Domain Has Gone Before

There are a whole bunch of unknowns surrounding the nTLDs, new gTLDs and/or new TLDs…or what we’ve named them, The New Dots. Besides what to call them, there are still many big questions looming in the distance. Which ones will make it through the application process? How will ICANN delegate the new TLDs? What will they cost? What about trademarks? Sunrises? Landrushes? What will the domain name landscape look like when it’s all said and done?

Boldly go with new domainsWe can’t pretend to have the answers to any of these questions. The evolution of life, KFC’s secret recipe, how many licks it takes to get to the end of a Tootsie Pop and the nTLDs – we can make educated guesses based on the information we do have, but in the end the nTLDs are in many ways a mystery. Looking at past TLD drops and predictions by experts is certainly helpful and can shape our actions, but is in no way definite. While we respect and listen to those in the domain community, they are a small fraction of the Internet at large. In truth we don’t know what you, the Internet user, will do when the nTLDs become available (although we are certainly trying to figure it out!)

So why even bother? Maybe we should stick with our 10-character domain names and give up on the dream of a shorter pertinent domain? Although their place in the domain name landscape will certainly change, .COM and the other TLDs will still be around after the The New Dots become available. Like tape decks and comb-overs, the current TLDs may not be exciting, but it is hard to imagine a world without them.

However, we are taking a leap into the pool of uncertainty, but more importantly the pool of potential that is The New Dots. A leap into the change that IS coming. A leap towards owning the perfect domain. A leap towards significant commercial and registration success that we have not seen before and may not see again.

As the adventure that is The New Dots continues, we invite you to take this journey with us. Let us help you find your perfect domain. No registrar can promise that the The New Dot domain you have in mind will be yours, but here at Name.com we can promise you that we will work to the best of our abilities to make the TLDs you want available and the domain you are hoping for a reality.

Let us help you take advantage of a truly once in a lifetime opportunity.

Fortune favors the bold.

Storytime with The New Dots: The new gTLDs woven into narrative

The other day Nic and Nick, of compliance and web dev, respectively, came up with an idea to use the forthcoming new gTLDs, or The New Dots as we call them, to write a story.The New Dots or new gTLDs

The next morning, Ashley fired off a heart-wrenching piece about her personal life and it set the bar for New Dot narratives.

Read them .Here!

Here’s how it .works…

It doesn’t matter if you’re .gay or .Republican or both, or you’re from a .family of .Irish .Indians all named .Wang and enjoy a .sexy .lifestyle in .Brussels, you’ll find something for .you and your .pets with The New Dots. So grab the .kids and enjoy a .free .holiday as you read these .winners. Better than .pizza? Maybe. Better than .sex? Well, we can guarantee that none of them .sucks.

.WTF? you ask? Go ahead visit The New Dots on the .web, and you’ll be a .fan of the new .art of making a .meme with .domains for your .blog or .website. It’s .fun!

Fwd: So I have some cake

Hushed but excited golf commentator: This sure has spun into fun! Jared started the email chain by asking if anyone wanted his kid’s cake (yah, nice) but it quickly spiraled into a conversation about Gmail avatars. That inspired Nick to add a mustache to Dave, the Master of Dev, and offer it as anyone’s avatar. From there, high jinks ensues, hilarity is had and CEO Bill watches money fly out the door. As with all email chains, you gotta read from the bottom up.
———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Dave 
Date: Thu, Aug 23, 2012 at 10:11 AM
Subject: Re: So I have some cake
To: “All Company”
Let it be known that in real life, I can jump slightly higher than that.  I’m not saying I’d get the coin or anything, but come on.
Core Man
Director of Core Development

On Thu, Aug 23, 2012 at 10:10 AM, The Art Department wrote:

Get that Mario a mushroom!

On Thu, Aug 23, 2012 at 10:07 AM, VP of Awesome wrote:

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VP of Awesome

Senior Software Engineer
R&D
VP of Awesome
Name.com LLC
On Thu, Aug 23, 2012 at 9:36 AM, The Stache wrote:
In case anybody else wants to change their avatar:

On 8/23/12 9:18 AM, VP of Awesome wrote:

Lol. At this point in a conversation with myself I tend to invest heavily in psychiatry. But then I always end up telling myself I don’t need one. [REDACTED], yourself is a fierce and fickle mistress (or the male version of a mistress) so be careful.
VP of Awesome

Senior Software Engineer
R&D
VP of Awesome
Name.com LLC
On Thu, Aug 23, 2012 at 9:10 AM, The Stache wrote:

Challenge accepted.

On 8/23/12 9:09 AM, Core Man wrote:

Only one person has an avatar that is a picture of me.
Core Man
Director of Core Development

On Thu, Aug 23, 2012 at 9:01 AM, VP of Awesome wrote:

As VP of Awesome it is my duty to inform you that you must choose a gmail profile avatar pic. Some choose small fuzzy animals, others choose pictures of themselves, and one or two (actually one) sell their soul for a t-shirt and put whatever they are told to put by their new oppressive avatar master. The choice is entirely up to you but if I may offer one bit of advice, choose your avatar pic wisely.


VP of Awesome

Senior Software Engineer
R&D
VP of Awesome
Name.com LLC

 

On Thu, Aug 23, 2012 at 8:54 AM, The Great Unknown wrote:

I never turn down cake http://hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.com/2010/10/god-of-cake.htmland given how fast cookies go here, I doubt many others would either

On Thu, Aug 23, 2012 at 8:53 AM, The Swede wrote:

portal!

On Thu, Aug 23, 2012 at 7:52 AM, VP of Awesome wrote:The cake is a lie! I don’t actually know what that means but sometimes I see it said on the Internet so I’m pretty sure it’s deep in ways that I’ll never understand.
VP of Awesome

Senior Software Engineer
R&D
VP of Awesome
Name.com LLC

On Thu, Aug 23, 2012 at 8:30 AM
Subject: So I have some cake
jDog wrote:

A lot of cake really. It’s from my kids birthday on sunday and it’s been in the fridge and getting a little rigid around the edges but it’s still pretty damn good. Does anyone want cake? I’ll bring it in if so.

Sent from my iPhone

 

Fwd: This happened right at 1st and university…

Excited but hushed golf announcer voice: Welcome to the inner circle. Jared apparently chased a criminal while on muscle relaxers last night (he hurt his back moving an old school monitor for our 90s video shoot) and somehow we ended with the meme below. We’ll be forwarding internal email threads of insanity & wisdom along to you so you can see what’s going on behind the scenes here at Name.com.

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Stan the Man
Date: Thu, Aug 23, 2012 at 9:04 AM
Subject: Re: This happened right at 1st and university… “All Company” <Inline image 1

On Thu, Aug 23, 2012 at 9:03 AM, The Art Department  wrote:

Why yes, it is.

On Thu, Aug 23, 2012 at 9:00 AM, Stan the Man wrote:

Is that a technical term?

On Thu, Aug 23, 2012 at 8:58 AM, The Art Department  wrote:

Don’t worry, there is a backup cape in my green side box thingy!

On Thu, Aug 23, 2012 at 8:50 AM, VP of Awesome wrote:

If you don’t arrive today wearing a cape I will be disappointed.


VP of Awesome

Senior Software Engineer
R&D
VP of Awesome
Name.com LLC

On Wed, Aug 22, 2012 at 11:34 PM, jDog  wrote:

Going to work to pick up some things and I find myself chasing a criminal.

http://ewy.co

Warning: curse words.

jDog
Name Community Evangelist
[REDACTED PHONE NUMBER]
REDACTED EMAIL ADDRESS

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Using Your Strengths: CEO Bill Mushkin is The Insightful

Bill Mushkin is the CEO and founder of name.com. He gets mad respect here because he keeps us employed, and there’s this knack he has of bringing up the question that no one thought to ask. It can either the most enlightening or maddening part of your day, but either way you’re left thinking, sometimes even drinking. But the important point that Bill always makes is that if you’re not having fun, then maybe you should be doing something else. Here he shares some of what he told us when we were mired in internal conflict and riddled with a collective self doubt. We’re much better now.