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ReturnMoi Rebrands to Return.Me


ReturnMeAccording to an article on the .ME Registry blog, a company called ReturnMoi has rebranded as ReturnMe, and the company is now using Return.Me  for its website. The company had been using ReturnMoi.com, and that domain name now forwards to the new domain name.

ReturnMoi was founded in 2007, and the company reports that it has an impressive "over 80% recovery rate" on its home page. The company is based in Montreal, Canada, and it reports that it has offices in the US and Netherlands.  In a press release published this morning,  Suhail Niazi, the company CEO and founder, discusses why the rebranding was undertaken:

"ReturnMoi was our original company name. Due to our (more…)
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.ME Contest: Win a Trip to SXSW


ME Loyalty Program.ME domain names have become popular in the startup community. To help build awareness and brand loyalty, the .ME Registry launched the .ME Loyalty Program, and through this program, the Registry is holding a contest where the winner will get a free trip to South by Southwest SXSW Interactive Festival from March 7 - March 11, 2014.

In case you are interested in participating, I thought I'd share more information about the contest and how to enter for a chance to win. (more…) → Read More

Should FightMe Acquire Fight.ME?


FightMeAccording to an article on TechCrunch, a startup called Fight Me "has raised $500,000 in seed funding from an undisclosed London investor." Fight Me (or possibly FightMe) considers itself to be "the first and only competitive social video network."

Smartly, it appears Fight Me was able to acquire the FightMe.com domain name sometime around August of 2010. The startup launched in July of 2013, so it was smart for them to go out and acquire the domain name in advance of the launch. The Whois information appears to be private, so I am not sure who sold the domain name. I didn't see any record of the sale, so the purchase price is private.

Fight.ME is currently owned by (more…) → Read More

Trip.ME Produces Highest Sale in Great Domains Auction


The January Great Domains auction at Sedo ended last week, and the largest sale was Trip.ME at £10,200, or roughly $16,000 USD. The auction netted just under $50k, although a number of names (like Clams.com) received bids that didn't hit the reserve price. Of the 200+ domain names at auction, 44 sales were closed.

Listed below are the results from the auction.

trip.me 10200 £
prv.com 6900 $US
pec.net 5200 $US
salbei.de 3100 EUR
711.net 1716 EUR
filtercoffee.com 1049 $US
onlinedeals.net 1000 $US (more…) → Read More

Google Secures Ro.ME as Part of a “Chrome Experiment”


The .ME domain registry issued a press release this morning announcing that they had assigned (sounds like given) Google a two letter domain name for a new project called "3 Dreams of Black." The RO.ME website is dubbed "ROME 3 Dreams of Black An Interactive Film By Chris Milk."

On the tech page of the website there is more information about the RO.ME website:

"3 Dreams of Black" is an interactive film by Chris Milk and some friends at Google that showcases the creative potential of WebGL. WebGL is a context of the HTML5 canvas element that enables hardware-accelerated 3D graphics in the web browser without a plug-in. In other words, it enables your browser to show some really beautiful visuals. On this page, you'll find a WebGL model viewer featuring several of the "3 Dreams of Black" creatures. You'll also find 8 demos created by our development team, a link to the code base, and some links to resources on the web that will be useful for getting started in WebGL programming.

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Difference Between .CO and .CM


I've seen people compare the soon to be released Colombian .CO domain names to the Cameroonian .CM domain extension, with the main comparison being the assumption that the purpose is for typosquatting. I can understand why people would say that for .CM, but I believe there is a big reason .CO is very different, and it primarily revolves around the marketing of the extension.

Just like .TV isn't billed as the Tuvalu extension nor is .ME is billed as the Montenegro extension, .CO won't really be billed by registrars as the Colombia extension to most companies and domain buyers. You can see in many of the marketing materials that .CO is being billed as the extension for Companies, where Company is most frequently abbreviated as Co. A company known as "The Sports Car Company" would likely be interested in owning SportsCar.co, not to capitalize on .com traffic, but because that's an extension of their brand.

I am sure there will be plenty of people who acquire .CO domain names primarily for the typo traffic that may occur as a → Read More

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