Last November, I asked readers if they would consider registering an Emoji domain name. At that time, a little more than half of the people who voted said they would not consider registering an Emoji domain name. This morning, I was sent an email from Jon Roig, who let me know people can now register domain names with both Emoji and ASCII characters in them.
Here’s what Jon told me about creating Emoji and ASCII domain names along with some examples of them to show their utility:
iâ¤ï¸.ws is a new Emoji Domain Registration web app created by the Domain Research Group. For the first time, it lets you create domains which contain a mix of emoji and text.Some examples:
I think these kinds of domain names are creative for a mobile marketing campaign or a fun way for people who know each other to share a fun link. The downside is that it is much tougher for people to understand how to navigate to these domain names without clicking a link. I could see this posing a security challenge since I typically won’t just click a link within an email to avoid phishing schemes and other malware issues.
One other update Jon shared with me this morning is that there is now an Emoji domain name marketplace report found on iâ¤.ws/marketplace. This marketplace lists Emoji domain names that are for sale via the aftermarket at GoDaddy. If you’re interested in seeing what Emoji domain names are listed for sale, that seems like a good place to find them.
As of now, it still seems that Emoji domain names are only available for
.ws domain names a limited number of TLDs.