According to a TechCrunch article published this afternoon, Instagram founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger have launched a project on RT.Live to track how quickly the COVID-19 pandemic is spreading in each US state. According to the website, Rt is “a key measure of how fast the virus is growing. It’s the average number of people who become infected by an infectious person.”
— TechCrunch (@TechCrunch) April 18, 2020
Whois records show that RT.Live was created on April 16th of this year. I looked up a few other 2 letter .Live domain names and found a similar name (RN.Live) that was unregistered but available to buy at GoDaddy for $99 with a renewal price of $249.99. My guess is RT.Live was purchased for around the same registration fee. I reached out to Matt Overman, Senior VP of Sales at Donuts, to see if he could confirm the sale price and/or whether it was a registry reserved premium name. If he replies to me with different information, I will update the article.
Interestingly, this is the second notable and news making website related to the COVID-19 pandemic that is using a .Live domain name for its website. nCoV2019.live was featured on Bloomberg’s Quick Take after 17 year old Avi Schiffmann, created “one of the largest coronavirus-tracking websites in the world.”
For both of these websites, having the .Live domain name makes sense. Both websites are tracking the spread of the coronavirus in as “live” of a way as possible.