Geographic Domain Names

PigeonForge.com: Disaster Relief In Sevier County

pigeonforge-com-logoI have a great deal of respect for Jessica Bookstaff Doppelt, who is the owner of PigeonForge.com. Jessica has been an active member of the small geodomain name community, and she was always been happy to offer tips and feedback when I began working on my own geographic domain name websites.

As you may know, her area of Tennessee was hit with devastating wildfires recently. Most of the damage was done in a city called Gatlinburg, but the entire Great Smoky Mountains area is feeling the effects of the wildfires. There have been a few deaths, many injuries, and hundreds of  people may have lost their residences and businesses due to the fires.

This afternoon, Jessica sent her PigeonForge.com newsletter subscribers an update about the fires. Importantly, she shared some action items people can do to help those in need. I want to share Jessica’s newsletter with you. I know there are people in the domain name community who live in the area or love the Smoky Mountains, and here’s how we can all help them:

School District Using a .Vegas Domain

I was on a flight when I came across a .Vegas domain name “in the wild.” The Clark County School District (CCSD) is using the Teach.Vegas domain name in its marketing materials to recruit new teachers into the school district.

Have a look at the full page advertisement that I saw:

teach-vegas-small

When you navigate to Teach.Vegas, visitors are redirected to the jobs/career subdomain within the Clark County School District website. The school district uses CCSD.net for its primary domain name, and the TeachVegas.CCSD.net subdomain for its recruiting url. In my opinion, the Teach.Vegas domain name is easier to remember than the longer url, so it makes sense for them to use it in their marketing materials.

As you can see in the advertisement,

Facts About .Sydney on Its First Birthday

The .Sydney geographic domain name extension turned one today. To date, over 9,000 .Sydney domain names have been registered, and according to nTLDStats.com, there are over 8,200 active .Sydney domain names in the zonefile. The City of Sydney Australia operates the WhatsOn.Sydney website, and there are restaurants, hotels, and other local businesses that use other .Sydney domain names.

According to a press release marking the first anniversary, “Sydneysiders can enjoy special birthday offers for a limited time courtesy of domain name retailers Crazy Domains, Melbourne IT and Netregistry.” People interested in seeing the special offers can visit Get.Sydney to register .Sydney domain names.

In celebration of the one year anniversary of .Sydney, I was sent some of the following facts and figures about .Sydney domain names. I would have preferred that the registry send me to .Sydney to see the extension in action, but for now, we can check this out:

Boston Globe Sells .Boston to Minds+Machines

The Boston Globe published an article about its sale of the .Boston domain extension. Minds + Machines acquired the majority of the Boston Globe’s rights to operate the extension for an undisclosed sum. According to the article, the Boston Globe “will retain a small ownership stake in ‘.boston,’ and the company will receive undisclosed future revenues.

Based on my interpretation of the article, it doesn’t seem like The Boston Globe management was too keen on operating .Boston. Here are a couple of outtakes from Hiawatha Bray’s article:

UDRP filed on Milano.com domain name (Updated)

I was looking through the recent UDRP filings at the World Intellectual Property Organization, and I saw one for the Milano.com domain name. The UDRP is WIPO Case D2015-2263, and the complainant is a company called Grupo Milano, S.A. de C.V.

The Milano.com domain name has a creation date of May 22, 1997, according to DomainTools. The domain name is parked, and I see advertising links related to the city of Milan, Italy.

According to DomainTools’ Whois history tool, in

.Miami Domains Banner at Dolphins Game Part of Larger Effort

.Miami Domain names at GoDaddy

GoDaddy and the .Miami domain registry have been teaming up to market .Miami domain names using a variety of channels. One attention grabbing tactic was seen by thousands who attended the Miami Dolphins NFL game this past Sunday.

As you can see from the photos above and below, a small airplane flew around Sun Life Stadium in Miami, Florida with a banner advertising .Miami domain names available at GoDaddy for “40% off.” The banner was part of a larger marketing effort being undertaken by Minds & Machines, the operators of the .Miami domain extension, and GoDaddy.

Since .Miami launched

Recent Posts

UAX.com UDRP: RDNH Finding With Helpful Language

4
A UDRP was recently filed against the valuable 3 letter .com domain name, UAX.com. The UDRP was filed at the World Intellectual Property Organization...

My Thoughts About Verisign’s Letter to ICANN

25
Verisign submitted a letter (pdf) to ICANN in response to the comments regarding the proposed amendment #3 of the .com registry contract. I want...

Excerpts from GoDaddy Q4 2019 Earnings Call

2
GoDaddy had its Fourth Quarter (2019) earnings call with investors last week. Q4 2019 was CEO Aman Bhutani's first quarter with the company, and...

NamesCon Extended Auction Ends Today

1
The NamesCon extended auction will be ending today at GoDaddy Auctions. The extended auction is a mix of domain names that did not sell...

Voting.NYC Used by New York City

8
The .NYC registry management team retweeted a tweet from New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio who was encouraging people to visit a city...