netnames.com Archives - 20 March 2013, Wednesday

  • How to solve the Whois problem?

    netnames.com 27 Jan '13, 2pm

    At last week’s regional ICANN meeting in Amsterdam I was invited to speak on a panel entitled “Whois and Privacy Issues”. As a leading domain name registrar, NetNames is constantly struggling with Whois-related issues simply because our customers are too. As the database of domain reg...

  • Google suggests a domain industry trade association

    netnames.com 24 Jan '13, 3pm

    Outside of its thrice-yearly international meetings designed to bring all interested parties together, ICANN also holds smaller regional meetings targeted at the entities it has direct contracts with, the registrars and the registries. The first such meeting of 2013 started today in A...

  • ICANN strives to improve the new gTLD program

    netnames.com 16 Jan '13, 1pm

    ICANN has shaken up its new gTLD program team and is also revisiting its approach to communicating with the outside world. Since program director Kurt Pritz left ICANN, new faces have stepped into the limelight. There’s a new program General Manager, Christine Willet, and a new gTLD c...

  • Be careful who you are talking to on Social Media - a lesson on understanding who the good guys are #searchfindstop

    Be careful who you are talking to

    netnames.com 03 Jan '13, 5pm

    Let me set a scenario for you. You have an problem with your mobile phone provider in terms of a service issue. As an avid Twitter user you tweet them with the basic details of your problem. You know that it is them because they have a verified Twitter account (signified by the green ...

  • What us domain experts do for .fun

    netnames.com 24 Dec '12, 1pm

    Travelling backwards on a train is disconcerting. Even though I’m not driving the train I keep feeling that I should be turning round to see where I am going. Somehow, this makes the tedium of the journey even more unbearable despite some good company and the close proximity of an alc...

  • So who are the winners in the gTLD lottery?

    netnames.com 21 Dec '12, 4pm

    So after months of speculation as to who would be the first off the block with their new gTLD, the ICANN draw earlier this week has given some indication of which new Top Level Domains will be the first to see light of daw. For those of us who sat through the live streaming of the dra...

  • How many new gTLDs will drop out?

    netnames.com 21 Nov '12, 9am

    On June 13, 2012, ICANN revealed it had received 1930 new gTLD requests. Since then, that number has been going down. ICANN has logged 13 withdrawal requests, 6 of which have already been approved: AND, ARE, EST, CHATR, KSB and CIALIS. The remaining 7 are still being processed. So it’...

  • Dr. Dre for £20? "Beat it " tips for fighting #counterfeiters online. By Stuart Fuller #fakes #brandprotection

    Beat it

    netnames.com 08 Nov '12, 3pm

    If you have kids, then you will know that we are now entering the “silly season”. Halloween and Bonfire night displays have now disappeared from shops, replaced by fake snow, mince pies and Wham’s Last Christmas CDs. There doesn’t seem to be a day that goes by when something else expe...

  • All about "ware". Stuart Fuller blogs on staying #onestepahead of #cybercrime malware #technology #brandprotection

    Ware’s there’s a will… | NetNames

    netnames.com 01 Nov '12, 11am

    Whenever there is a scandal these days, we are quick to add the word “gate” to it, in order to underline the seriousness of the affair. Its origins can be traced back to the Watergate scandal in 1974 which eventually led to the downfall of a U.S. president. Since then, we’ve seen Bloo...

  • Governments to process new gTLDs by April 2013

    netnames.com 25 Oct '12, 2pm

    Governments are set to play a key role in ICANN’s new gTLD program as they are able to object to specific applications. Individual countries may, for instance, feel that a proposed new gTLD would infringe their national laws and may wish to raise this as a red flag to both the applica...

  • Ticket to ride - combating #counterfeit tickets online. Stuart Fuller #entertainment #leisure #movies #brandprotection

    Ticket to ride

    netnames.com 17 Oct '12, 1pm

    In the jet-set lifestyle of a modern day Head of Communications I am currently speeding through the French countryside on Eurostar after a day in our Paris office. Sounds very glamoros I’m sure, but with the competitive nature of travel these days, my seat in standard class costs less...

  • The hidden benefits from a corporate donmin strategy by Gary McDowell #SearchFindStop #BrandProtection

    Profiting from your online presence – the hidden benefits of staying one step ahead with corporate domain strategy |

    netnames.com 12 Oct '12, 6pm

    The online space today is a different world from 1994-5. In 1994-5 there were only two real concerns for a business to worry about: (1) what Top Level Domain (TLD) should I register? and (2) what should I do with it? Bearing in mind that there were actually only seven TLDs in existenc...

  • Office locations

    netnames.com 12 Oct '12, 2pm

    Phishing with my mum on the Amazon “Help… I need to change my hotmail password – I can’t see where you do that, can you tell me pls???” I received this text from my mother recently. Many of you may sympathize with this, but having once helped … Continue reading... Barack Obama and Mit...

  • ICANN Toronto: what to expect?

    netnames.com 11 Oct '12, 4pm

    ICANN’s 2012 Annual General Meeting is about to get under way in Toronto, Canada. These international meetings are a key part of the Internet’s technical governance. ICANN’s main prerogatives are threefold: to manage the Internet numbering system (IP addresses), naming system (domain ...

  • Barack Obama and Mitt Romney go to head to head online - Luge Pravda, Senior VP NN #domains #S

    Barack Obama and Mitt Romney go to head to head on the web

    netnames.com 05 Oct '12, 1pm

    Having spent many hundreds of millions of dollars on their respective campaigns to date, filling the airwaves and television screens across the nation with sponsored adverts, not to mention the robocalls and direct mail, we finally entered the business end of the 2012 Presidential cam...

  • Is eBook piracy threatening the entire publishing industry - NetNames

    Is eBook piracy threatening the entire publishing industry?

    netnames.com 05 Oct '12, 10am

    While video and music piracy regularly steals the headlines in the technology world, there is a quietly growing problem of eBook piracy threatening the entire publishing industry. The wide availability of titles online is of particular concern to textbook publishers, whose already sma...

  • Is it about to get much harder to own a domain name?

    netnames.com 28 Sep '12, 10am

    Question: why has air travel become so painful? Because the threat posed by bad actors requires making everyone jump through hoops before letting them board a plane. To the point that, despite obvious requirements to ensure air safety, some are now openly questioning if the cure is no...

  • For or against Google’s and Amazon’s new gTLD “landgrab”? | NetNames

    netnames.com 24 Sep '12, 9am

    On 13 June this year, when ICANN revealed the 1930 applications it had received in the first round of new gTLDs , some names immediately stood out. Often linked to generic terms, two applicants in particular caught industry watchers’ eyes: Charleston Road Registry Inc., aka Google, an...

  • More than 233 million domain names in the world

    netnames.com 21 Sep '12, 5pm

    With 7.5 million domain name registrations during the first quarter of 2012, the total number of domains registered worldwide has passed the 233 million mark. This is according to the latest Domain Name Industry Brief , published by VeriSign, the .COM and .NET registry. Since March 20...

  • A closer look at the new gTLD evaluation program

    netnames.com 03 Sep '12, 5pm

    A few days before July 12 of this year, ICANN began evaluating those applications out of the original 1930 received that haven’t since been withdrawn, i.e. all 1924 of them. At this year’s ICANN StudienKreis which I attended in Oslo last week, we learned that the evaluation work is be...

  • Confronting the counterfeit problem head on…

    Confronting the counterfeit problem head on…

    netnames.com 03 Sep '12, 9am

    I have lived a relatively sheltered life when it come to holidays. As a youngster it was the golden beaches of St Ives, then the safe environments of five star all inclusive resorts on the Med. But as you get older, and more exotic destinations become accessible, wanderlust takes over...

  • Just blogged: Luge Pravda of NetNames on .nyc, and use of .nyc micro-sites for geo-targeting

    .NYC: It’s up to you New York, New York

    netnames.com 29 Aug '12, 1pm

    New York City is also a city that enjoys a natural three letter anagram, NYC. If I was being pedantic I would say NY is the anagram for the State of New York, but people use NY and NYC interchangeably I guess. Which leads me on to the new gTLDs (generic top level domains) and the City...

  • The public comment period on gTLDs

    netnames.com 08 Aug '12, 1pm

    With the close of the new gTLD public comment window approaching rapidly on Sunday 12 August 2012, one question that keeps on being raised again and again is – “Should I be interested in the public comments and what good will it do my brand?” . Many people view the ICANN public commen...

  • Using your new TLD spare time wisely

    netnames.com 07 Aug '12, 4pm

    This week’s guest blog post is by ARI Registry Services (a partner to NetNames on new gTLD services):- Now that the dust has settled from the intense period of preparing and submitting your new Top-Level Domain (TLD) application(s), it’s probably time to sit back and relax whilst the ...

  • Faking the Olympics - Counterfeiters are going for gold... Read NN blog post #brandprotection #counterfeits #retail

    Faking the Olympics

    netnames.com 12 Jul '12, 12pm

    It’s July 2012, a momentous month for the UK, a British tennis player reached the Wimbledon Men’s singles final for the first time since 1938. And the Olympics are in town, and when I say town I mean towns, many towns up and down Great Britain where the Olympic torch has already passe...

  • Is the ‘app’ killing the web as we know it?

    netnames.com 10 Jul '12, 1pm

    It seems hard to think of a world without smart phones yet it was only five years ago that Nokia was the hottest technology brand and we all raved about handsets that flipped open like a Star Trek accessory. Fast forward five years and the Finnish handset company is struggling to reta...

  • The ICANN new gTLD ‘Big Reveal’ – one of the greatest moments in history?

    netnames.com 19 Jun '12, 4pm

    The greatest moments in history are often over in the blink of an eye. People will always look back on some of these moments with a clouded view of what actually happened. “Was that it?” is a question that marks some of these events. And Wednesday 13th June 2012 was one of those momen...

  • Viva La Revolution | NetNames Blog

    netnames.com 16 May '12, 2pm

    Later this week I am due to stand up in front of a group of strangers and impart some wisdom in how to grow successful online business in a few easy steps. I have had this pleasure annually at the Business Start Up Show since 2005 yet when I look back at my key points in the last seve...

  • A little birdy was telling me…tweet tweet.. NN blog post

    A little birdy was telling me… | NetNames Blog

    netnames.com 10 May '12, 1pm

    A little birdy was telling me… Nearly a year ago the record for the most number of Tweets per second was set during the UEFA Champions League final between Manchester United and Barcelona at Wembley Stadium. On average during the game, 6,303 tweets were sent PER SECOND. This record su...

  • The day Google Rules The World. NN Blog story at

    The day Google rules the world | NetNames Blog

    netnames.com 11 Apr '12, 2pm

    “Living in a Microsoft World, and I am a Microsoft girl” could have been a remixed version of Madonna’s Material Girl back in 2008. The Washington State giant ruled the internet world, with over 90% of internet users using a Windows-based PC and accessing their favourite websites via ...