There was a lot of talk about emoji domain names in 2017. Even Vice News covered Emoji domain names.
Today’s poll question is Do You Own Emoji Domain Names? You are invited to vote in the poll below and are welcome to share additional thoughts in the comment section.
.ws which most emojis are under is a garbage extension, nobody will ever put a commercial value on it outside of domainers, and one offs don’t count.
Agree the .ws is a deal breaker. Then is the fact I don’t know what half of them mean. Perhaps ask a teenager is the only way, cheers
In a recent auction I acquired one .WS emoji domain to test. It turned out to be on the block list used by my antivirus program, thanks to prior use. But that could have happened with any gently used domain, regardless of extension.
Technically, all Emoji domains names are “illegal”.
They are disallowed under the current IDN standard IDNA2008 – so its possible that any software may block or disallow them. Interestingly (I use that word loosely), when the IDNA2008 standard was set, they “forgot” there were already a collection of dot-COM emojis in the wild. LOL.
Obviously, conformance to the standard is voluntary – that’s the nature of the internet – and ICANN has very little jurisdiction over what ccTLDs do in their space, but if you want to guarantee total interoperability, then you need to know this.
Personally, I think this is wrong – there is an agreed standard for Emoji symbols and I think banning them is just another demonstration of the US/English-Speaking domination of the Internet & internet policy – one reason many countries have been pressing for ICANN to be part of ITU instead of “independant” (which is clearly isn’t).
Now I’m way too far off topic, so I’ll stop 🙂
The E.WS emoji URL was blocked by F-Secure, which has allowed access to all other emoji URLs.
I think emoji domains are interesting & I own a small handful of them . They convey an idea, or action simply by an image.
Im not saying emoji domain names is the simple answer for business (or persons), but can be used alongside with .com & other social media to get that message across to great effect..
I still have many emoji domains. Not as much as I did before as renewals came around. I cast a wide net and picked up over 740 emoji domains for about $3,500( Many singles, doubles and triples .ws and even longer self explanatory ones that made stories. Also the longest two I-have are 12 emojis long .ws and ofcourse .ws. With Valentines day arrowd the corner 12 roses emoji domain name could covert some web clicks into dollars). I also paid $800 each for a handful, I considered premium. One was the butterfly .ws emoji domain. List price I was going by was one emoji to one BTC. I bought the butterfly emoji when BTC was around $800 December 2016. Now I would price it at $9K.