.Press is open for landrush registration as of today, August 26th. It will be interesting to see who turns up as the owner of Word.Press, provided the name is not being held back by the registry.
If it turns out to be WordPress themselves, and they actually do something with the domain, such a move could be a veritable coup for new Top-Level-Domains in general, and for .Press in particular.
Of course its possible they might acquire it for brand protection without any plans to utilize it, and simply forward it to WordPress.com or WordPress.org.
The registry operator for .Press is Radix, and I’m sure they would love nothing less than to see a high profile company like WordPress, said to be the #1 CMS platform in the world by number of websites, getting involved with their TLD.
If smart, they might have sought to initiate some discussion on the matter with WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg prior to rollout. With WordPress now offering free domain names to WordPress.com customers, its possible some sort of partnership could have been struck as well, to include WordPress as a registrar partner, offering .Press domains alongside the other TLDs they currently offer on WordPress.com.
That type of PR would have been worth its weight in gold and could have certainly helped build some early momentum for .Press, in this competitive TLD environment where so far it seems that early registration numbers have been the mark by which the success of new TLD launches are being judged.
I received a notification in my spam folder today with the following subject line:
Status Alert: Potential risk to the server.
Hovering above the sender in Gmail reveals the spammer is masking their email as firstname.lastname@example.org.
However the message is not legitimate. The actual hyperlink contained in the email points to a .ru (Russia ccTLD) URL.
The mail continues:
Dear Valued GoDaddy Customer.
Your account contains more than 346 directories and may pose a potential performance risk to the server.
Please reduce the number of directories for your account to prevent possible account deactivation.
In order to prevent your account from being locked out we recommend that you create special tmp directory.
Gmail is quite good about catching spam, but in case you find this email in your inbox simply mark it as spam and delete it.
Back in 2010, I covered the domain 2012.com, which had been sitting idly for years without resolving. The owner had been adamant that, “this domain is not for sale. Please do not call. Please do not write. Please do not email.”
Then again toward the end of 2012 I speculated that the domain’s value might be heading toward a cliff along with the end of the Mayan calendar.
Well it seems that the domain finally did change hands. Previously the domain was registered to a Sunil Gupta, whereas it is now under registration with a Chinese owner with an @GoldenName.com email address. The whois also states, please contact with 4.cn brokers in one of the address fields.
Now that 2012 has come and gone, what do you think of the value of 2012.com?
I am not sure if those combination of numbers have any significant meaning in Chinese, apart from the significance of the year. At the end of the day, it is still an NNNN.com.
The original owner could have sold this domain for a large sum at the height of the 2012 doomsday pandemonium the media was pimping. Perhaps the money was just not that important to him.
Check out this graph of the search interest over time for the term ’2012′ from Google Trends:
Note that the graph looks roughly the same for any year (e.g. 2011, 2013, etc.)