It’s so nice having someone else tell you about your product. We were at Pubcon in Las Vegas last week and visitors were sharing with us their stories of domain names. Instead of us straining our vocals against the ringing of Sin City, people like Angela St. Julien, who has Brand.Bar, told us these exact words: “Let’s get rid of the hyphens and start moving into the creative side with New TLDs [domain names.]” She even used a geeky term like “TLD.” Our people have arrived.
With recent products like the New Domains, we’re pretty stoked to meet a few exemplary usage cases. But at PubCon they lined up. Adam bought a .ACTOR for a client. Jeremy Chrysler owns Chrysler.NYC. Even former professional wrestling star Ric Flair said he’d love a .ROCKS. People were even suggesting aggregating your social feeds on a .SOCIAL. #Brilliant
Something happens to your brain with technology. It’s as if it’s been waiting for millennia, for thousands of generations, to have the chance to do as much as the internet allows you to do. The upside to digital innovations is that someone can now start a colossal company from their mother’s basement. The downside is that you’re supposed to start a colossal company from your mother’s basement.
There should be a business version of “stop and smell the roses” that goes something like “pause right now and talk to your customers.” Whenever we do we learn a lot, and Adam is no exception. We were excited enough to hear that a namer had won the Verisign .COM domain contest–well, he’s a semifinalist, but he has a check for five grand on the way–yet we were blown away that this is a guy behind the Singing Dogs because, for reals, he plays the saxophone and his dogs sing along. No, really, check out the video above.
Let’s talk about “Obamacare.” Not the broad, sweeping health insurance program in general, but the word itself. It was originally meant to be derisive, painting the Affordable Care Act as the result of overreaching Executive power. At one point a Democratic Congresswoman objected to its use on Capitol Hill. But then something happened: it gradually took on a whole new life as a universal and sometimes affectionate term for the medical overhaul. The hashtag #ILikeObamacare trended when the bill was challenged in Supreme Court, and President Obama even started using it in his own speeches.
This is a classic example of one side making the best of an attack. They completely redefined it, and now they don’t need to get a .SUCKS.
A new month is upon us, which means the marketing team at name.com was tasked with coming up with a new promo code for April. For some reason, we struggled to conjure what that magical price-dropping word should be. After much deliberation (and noodling), we decided that the April promo code shall be…
Apple recently announced their new programming language, Swift, at the annual Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco. We think the language is pretty neat looking and it made us very curious about how the announcement of the new language may have triggered a flood of sales of domains containing the word “swift.”
We’ve had a cool new product cooking in our developer oven that you’ve all been requesting for a while … email! We’re finally launching a fantastic email product that lets you have personalized, secure, and reliable email on your own domain. That means you can have firstname.lastname@example.org. It’s your domain and your inbox, together at last.
Email that says who you are, available everywhere.
Email is a very important part of your business. When your address says who you are, every message you send out is a marketing message that amplifies your business and increases your level of professionalism. And, because you’re always on call when your business is growing, we’ve made sure all of your devices can have your email synced to them. You can check your email from your desktop, laptop, tablet, and phone, meaning that you could be sitting in your office or standing on a beach and still make sure that your business is running smoothly.
In addition to having your own personalized email at any domain in your name.com account, you’ll also have a great address book, calendar, message translator, and inbox organizer.
That’s all we’re sharing about our new email product for now. You can find out more when it launches tomorrow.
Another awesome thing about .TV domains? You can get them at name.com for $10.99. That’s crazy cheap, and it’s for a limited time only. Check out this list of successful sites making great use of a .TV domain, and then get your search on.
When you purchase a domain name from name.com you’re given the option to add Whois Privacy for $3.99 (for one year). What exactly is Whois Privacy?
First, let me explain the WHOIS (pronounced “Who Is”) database. It’s a list of every domain registered in the world. Whenever a domain is registered, the person buying the domain has to provide personal information, such as a name, phone number, and address, as required by ICANN. That information goes into the Whois database. The database is searchable, so if you own a domain and someone looks up that domain in the Whois database, they can see your personal information.
But not if you have Whois Privacy protection.
When you purchase Whois Privacy, we replace your personal information in the Whois directory with contact information that directs back to name.com. If someone wants to contact you about a domain—regardless of whether it’s a legitimate inquiry—they have to contact name.com first. Here’s an idea of what your Whois information looks like with and without Whois Privacy:
Bearglecorn has expressed interest in creating video tutorials and webisodes. He doesn’t even have a video camera or a YouTube account, but what the client wants, the client gets. I’ll create a video section on his website, but to really give his video content a boost I’m going to set him up with a .TV domain name.
.TV domains are a great way to brand your video content, and with URL forwarding, I can purchase a .TV domain and have it redirect to the video section of bearglecorn.com. bearglecorn.tv will be a lot easier for people to remember than bearglecorn.com/randomlygeneratedwordpressurl. Best of all …