.im Domain Names

The .IM domain is a ccTLD (country code top level domain), and the Internet country code for the Isle of Man.

  • .IM has become a popular extension for websites that offer instant messaging services

  • .IM is also great for personal sites, with .IM being used as “I’m.”

  • Create domain hacks like accla.IM, sw.IM, and inter.IM

About .IM domains

Although a large number of .IM domains are registered by entities associated with the Isle of Man, this domain is becoming more popular in other facets. The .IM domain name presents a great opportunity for companies that offer instant messaging services or IM. Many businesses similar to Yahoo! and Trillium are purchasing .IM domains.

Safeguarding your personal identity is crucial today. This should be the same for your online identity, as well as that of your trademark. When it comes to business, protecting your assets is critical; that includes everything from your bankroll to your domains. If you fail to register your name in country code TLDs, it is only a matter of time before someone else does. Attempting to procure a domain after it is registered is much more labor-intensive than being the first to obtain it. Ensure that your competitors do not purchase your trademark, and register it yourself.

The draw of ccTLDs also includes registering short domains. Finding this type of domain in more common extensions such as .COM or .NET is a modern day treasure hunt. The possibility of acquiring a domain with a common or short word is much greater in ccTLDs because they are still growing.

Restrictions on .IM domain name registrations

There are no restrictions for registering a top level .IM domain. Registration for these domains is open to anyone, similar to .COM, .NET, or .ORG.

More Information

domicilium: the .IM registry