Latest news of the domain name industry

Recent Posts

EnCirca partners with PandoraBots to push .bot names to brands

Kevin Murphy, May 21, 2018, 10:51:36 (UTC), Domain Registrars

Specialist registrar EnCirca has partnered with bot development framework vendor PandoraBots to market .bot domains at big brands.

The two companies are pushing their wares jointly at this week’s International Trademark Association annual meeting in Seattle.

In a press release, the companies said that PandoraBots is offering bot-creation “starter kits” for brand owners that tie in with .bot registration via EnCirca.

Bots are rudimentary artificial intelligences that can be tailored to answer customer support questions over social media. Because who wants to pay a human to answer the phones?

Amazon Registry’s .bot gTLD is a tightly restricted space with strict preregistration verification rules.

Basically, you have to have a live, functioning bot before you can even request a domain there.

Only bots created using Amazon Lex, Botkit Studio, Dialogflow, Gupshup, Microsoft Bot Framework, and Pandorabots are currently eligible, though Amazon occasionally updates its list of approved frameworks.

The .bot space has been in a limited registration period all year, but on May 31 it will enter a six-month sunrise period.

Despite not hitting general availability until November, it already has about close to 1,800 domains in its zone — most of which were registered via EnCirca — and hundreds of live sites.

EnCirca currently offers a $200 registration service for brand owners, in which the registrar handles eligibility for $125 and the first year reg for $75.

Tagged: , , , , , , , , , ,

Comments (3)

  1. Daniel says:

    Is this news or an advertisment?

    • Kevin Murphy says:

      What do you think it’s advertising?

      • Daniel says:

        Registry operators have different kinds of promotions and incentives which are not really news. Also the mention of pricing within the promotion context seemed like a soft sell. Just my interpretation.

Add Your Comment