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Domain name industry growth slowed by China crackdown

The massive slump in Chinese domain name registrations appears to have hit the overall domain name market significantly in the first quarter 2010, slowing its growth.

According to the latest VeriSign Domain Name Industry Brief, only one million net new domains were registered across all TLDs in the period, a paltry 0.6% increase.

There were about 193 million domains active at the end of March, up from 192 million at the start of the year.

A million might seem like a lot, until you consider that the market grew by 11 million domains in the fourth quarter and by three million in the first quarter of 2009.

The slump is certainly due to the rapid decline in .cn domains.

China’s ccTLD had about 13.4 million names at the end of last year, and only 8.8 million at the end of March. April’s numbers show the decline continued, with 8.5 million names registered.

The China drag has been caused by a combination of pricing and the Draconian new identification requirements the communist government placed on the registry, CNNIC.

Chinese registrants now have to present photo ID before they can register a domain.

VeriSign’s own .com/.net business did a decent trade in the quarter, up 7% compared to the same quarter last and 2.7% on December to 99.3 million names in total.

With registrations growing by 2.7 million per month, this means VeriSign already has more than 100 million names in its com/net database.

Happy Birthday .com!

Kevin Murphy, March 15, 2010, Domain Registries

Today, March 15, marks the 25th anniversary of the first ever .com domain name registration, symbolics.com.

VeriSign is running a marketing campaign to celebrate at 25yearsof.com.

Three-digit .coms fetch high prices

Kevin Murphy, March 11, 2010, Domain Sales

A few short, meaningful, numerical domains have shifted on Sedo today.

Among them is 313.com, which sold for $25,000. Its end-user value mostly likely lies in 313 being the area code for Detroit, a city of almost a million people.

Similarly, 949.com has sold for $13,560. It’s the dialing code for Orange County in Southern California, as well as being used in various radio stations’ frequencies.

Meanwhile, 421.com has sold for 8,955 euros ($12,229).

Oscar winners show desire for .movie

As a bit of a film buff, I’ve always thought the case for a .movie gTLD was a slam-dunk.

I’d really rather see movie posters containing URLs like sherlock.movie rather than sherlock-holmes-movie.warnerbros.com.

I thought I’d figure out how many of last night’s Oscar nominees managed to secure movietitle.tld for their official web sites and how many went for other options. (continue reading)

Maybe we should go back to .ARPA?

Kevin Murphy, February 27, 2010, Domain Tech

Let’s start at the beginning, shall we?

I registered DomainIncite.com today. In less than an hour, I had a fully functioning web site and email account, and my domain was apparently resolvable pretty much everywhere.

That’s pretty impressive speed. Ten years ago, it could have taken 24 hours to achieve the same result.

Care to guess how long it would have taken 25 years ago?
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