Another two letter .com appears to have changed hands in the last few days.
The domain name Tu.com appears to have been sold.
The domain was owned by Energy Future Holdings in February 2012, then moved to Trademark Protection firm, MarkMonitor.com in the past month and yesterday became the property of Luis Miguel Sanz Triguero of Telefonica I y D of Madrid.
I couldn’t find any press releases on the domain but Tu.com now describes itself as:
The internet is simple. Or at least it should be. We crave for things to simply work, to be delightfully easy to use. Of course it is not easy to make things simple. It is difficult. Very difficult. This is what TU is about. It is full of folks dedicated to one thing – creating products that will delight us because they are truly useful.
What is TU Me?
TU Me is a free, all-in-one global communicator that puts text, calls, shared photos and more on a brilliantly simple timeline. It’s free, private, and you don’t lose any of your conversations even if you have to re-install the app or get a new phone.
May 17, 2012 No Comments
Moniker® and SnapNames®, announced today that they will exclusively broker the domain name ‘FreeSex.com.
Furthermore, this premium domain name will be available for online bids in the Moniker and SnapNames Premium International & ccTLD Domain Name Auction starting June 21 and ending July 19, 2012 at 3:15 p.m. Eastern.
“Given this domain’s usage of the popular keywords ‘Free’ and ‘Sex’, this highly-recognizable asset will provide the buyer with a means to reach a broad and international online audience in a relevant and targeted manner.”
“As evidenced from the $13 million USD selling price of ‘Sex.com’ in late 2010, ‘Porn.com’ for $9.5 million USD in 2007 and ‘FreePorn.com’ for $4 million USD in 2008, the market demand for rare premium adult names is strong – although seldom available for sale in an open market forum.”
“We are pleased to announce the selection of Moniker as the exclusive brokerage firm for ‘FreeSex.com’,” said the current owners. “This decision was based on their track record and ability to reach qualified buyers globally. We look forward to offering this valuable domain name to the market in partnership with Moniker and SnapNames the premium domain name brokerage and auction house.”
There was no reserve range or pricing mentioned in the Press Release…
May 16, 2012 No Comments
The Social Security administration published the most popular 1,000 boy and 1,000 girl baby names for 2011, on Monday.
It probably won’t surprise you to find out the all 2,000 .Com domains are taken.
Some popular baby names are also the names of cities like Brooklyn and Madison while others are also three letter abbreviations.
Yet if you search through the list you will find many of these baby names used by brands and many are trademarked like “Michael”
We ran the list to see who owned the .com domains of the matching 2,000 top baby names and found that:
Worldwide Media, Inc, d/b/a MostWantedDomains.com owns 96 of the domains.
Tucows.com owns 82 of the domains.
Frank Schilling’s NameAdministration.com owns 44 of them.
42 are owned by clients of the brad protection company CSC Corporate Domains
27 of the domains are owned by clients of the brand protection company MarkMonitor.com
25 are owned by Anything.com.
30 are owned by domain name giant Scott Day’s company DigiMedia.com
9 are owned by Future Media Architects
24 appear to be owned by Vertical Axis Inc.
Other company’s owning some of the 2,000 domains are Marchex and Buydomains.com
Many of the registrations are under privacy so its impossible to account for all.
If you own some of these domains for bragging rights feel free to disclose in the comment section.
Here are the top 10 boy and girl names for 2011 and who owns the .com:
|Rank||Male name||Female name|
|1||Jacob||Jacob & Co||Sophia||Sophia Holdings|
|3||William||MicroStrategy, Inc.||Emma||MicroStrategy, Inc.|
|4||Jayden||Worldwide Media, Inc||Olivia||Olivia Companies LLC|
|5||Noah||Kroening, David||Ava||Alexander Valley Association|
|8||Alexander||privacy||Madison||Madison Newspapers, Inc.|
|9||Aiden||Aiden Co., Ltd.||Mia||privacy|
|10||Daniel||Emerson||Chloe||Nom IQ Ltd/Com Laude|
May 16, 2012 No Comments
BusinessWeek Asks “When Should Domain Names Match Company Names” & You Will Hate What George Tierney Has To Say
Businessweek.comjust publish an post entitled: “When Should Domain Names Match Company Names?”
The post is actually an answer to a question posed by a reader:
“When is it necessary or advisable for a startup to have a matching dot-com domain name?”
“What should take priority, the brand name or the domain name?”
The author went out and got some answers from “branding professionals” and here are a few:
“For most companies, achieving domain name alignment is not as important as coining a powerful brand name, says Jay Jurisich, chief executive at Zinzin, a naming agency in San Francisco. “Of course, everybody always wants an exact-match domain name, preferably dot-com. Unfortunately, the matching domain names for all single words and most compound names have already been registered, and buying one that is parked may cost you five or six figures,” Jurisich says.”
“Mike Carr, managing director at NameStormers in Austin, Tex., agrees. “Brand name and trademark hurdles are always more important than dot-com ownership; dot-coms are like license plates, brand names aren’t,” he writes in an e-mail. “With a dot-com, often you can just change one letter or add a short trailer and find yourself with an available URL that you can register for $15 if your preferred dot-com spelling is already taken.”
So now for George Tierney, creative director at Quantum Method, a Los Angeles marketing and communications agency who is quoted as saying:
“Slightly altering your brand name or adding an industry-specific modifier can create a good domain name.”
“Let’s say the company is Acme Toys.”
“You find that you can’t get acmetoys.com because someone has already purchased this domain name for the purposes of resale. Rather than pay a cybersquatter for the premium domain, he says, find a close alternative, such as acme-toys.com, or acmetoysco.com. “These alternatives will work just fine in the early days of your business. Once you have positive growth and budgets allow, you can go back and acquire the premium domain,” Tierney says.
Mr. Tierney is another guy who apparently thinks anyone who has a domain name “acquired for purposes of resale is a cybersquatter” even if they own “premium domains”.
You can read the rest of the article here.
May 11, 2012 No Comments
E L James Author Of The 3 Best Selling Books Didn’t Spent The Extra $60 To Register Matching Domains
If you check out iTunes right now under best selling books you will see the top 3 best sellers are all by the author E L James.
The 3 best sellers are transcending into pop culture phenomenon status.
The trilogy of books are:
Fifty Shades of Grey
Fifty Shades Darker
Fifty Shades Freed.
The books have quite a bit of erotic sex in them.
The first book, Fifty Shades of Grey was covered by the folks over at Saturday Night Live this past weekend.
While the author registered the domain FiftyShades.com and 50Shades.com way back in 2007 she failed to registered the matching .com for the actual book titles where just recently registered on March 1st of this year all at Godaddy all under privacy.
FiftyShades.com and 50Shades.com redirect to the author’s site at ElJamesAuthor.com
All 6 of the matching .com of each of the 3 books (with the word fifty and the number 50) appear to have been registered by the same person and now host a “fan page” which of course have Ads Sense along with some stories about the books series and the upcoming movie(s).
The domain name ElJames.com was registered in 2011 actually several days before the author registered the domain name ElJamesAuthor.com.
ELJames.com goes to a Godaddy Placeholder.
It appears the author knew the importance of locking up domain names, but for some reason neither the author, his publisher, agent and other handlers, thought about the registering the matching domains of the actual book titles and soon to be movie titles which look like they are heading to become the next Twilight.…
May 10, 2012 No Comments
Six 17 year old domain names all starting with the word “Cyber” are dropping tomorrow.
The domain names are:
All six appear to have owned by ACTON International Ltd out of Lincoln Nebraska.
Each already have multiple back orders at Namejet.com with CyberBank.com leading the way with 55 back orders.
Its pretty unusual to see six domains this old, all drop on the same day that were owned by the same party.
May 7, 2012 No Comments
How To Lose A Fortune In The Domain Business, Register Domains Like This: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-42-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0.info
I was looking on the dropping domain name list on NameJet.com today and I found these gems:
They were all registered by the same person in 2010 so they paid for two years of registration each.
If you can’t live without these domains you can certainly backorder them for the drop.
April 27, 2012 No Comments
TechCrunch.com just covered the story of the company behind the domain name GetFunded.com “which will be a “crowdfunding platform for entrepreneurs who are seeking new investments in their businesses and ideas,”
What TechCrunch didn’t discuss is the very interesting story of how the current holder of the domain name got the domain.
The domain name, Getfunded.com was in “Pending Renewal or Deletion” status just in Feburary.
Mike Mann’s Domain Asset Holdings got the domain either from the registrar DomainDiscover directly or through a drop service and had ownership of the domain in March according to DomainTools.com, and according to Mike Mann’s Facebook page he sold the domain for $25,000 just a few weeks later for $25,000 to the current owner and the subject of the TechCrunch Story.
Another great domain story for everyone except the guy who let the domain name drop.
April 26, 2012 No Comments
Another Great Reason To Own Your Domain: In Case You Need To Raise Money For Legal Defense: George Zimmerman Did Not
A few days ago George Zimmerman started a website, trying to raise funds for his legal defense.
For a guy who has been in the news everyday for well over a month, George is reason number 1001 for why you own your own domain name, this time in case you need to raise money for your legal defense.
However just a couple of weeks ago Netfirms of Burlington, Massachusetts, went out and registered the domain name GeorgeZimmerman.com (the domain does not resolve) but it left Mr. Zimmerman to come up with a different domain name.
So the official site set up by Zimmerman is therealgeorgezimmerman.com
Zimmerman also registered realgeorgezimmerman.com (without “the”) and it forwards to his main site.…
April 11, 2012 No Comments
The Miami Marlins Start The Season With A New Name & New Stadium But Without The Domain Names For Either
Its a new baseball season and the Miami Marlins, formerly the Florida Marlins have a new name, a new $600 Million stadium, but don’t own the domain MiamiMarlins.com
The domain name MiamiMarlins.com was first registered way back in 1997 and looks to be control of the same person/company that originally registered the domain.
The domain name isn’t parked, there are no ads on the site, just a statement that “this site is privately owned” and the Alexa ranking with an email address.
The baseball team doesn’t own the name of its new stadium, Marlins park.
The domain name marlinspark.com was first registered in 2006 and is a parked page.
The official site of the baseball team is Marlins.com and they also own the domain name FloridaMarlins.com
April 9, 2012 No Comments