What Will O.com Fetch? Money and/or a new Operator for .Com?


Greg Thomas penned a post in CircleID today about the process, and potential future outcomes of the rushed O.com auction process. He concludes:

it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that hoping intransigence will result in an outcome other than a full competition review of .com — a long-overdue follow-up to DOJ’s 2012 analysis which has already been requested by U.S. Senators Ted Cruz and Mike Lee — is putting a lot of shareholder value at risk…….

The point being the auction of O.com, as a door opener for the remaining one character domain names, could be a door … Read the rest

DropHunters Holiday. No .com pending delete today.


I used to think this might happen around a leap day, or it could be a latent effect of the grace period extension Verisign offered, or conspiracy theorists will say they held back all the names….

As best as i can tell, no drops. Nothing on the dynadot search for today, and expireddomanis.net and the snap best of the drop is empty.

But for those of you with a hole in your day to to fill, sit back, take a sip, call a friend….or maybe godaddy auctions will get a bump today.

for me, im hitting golf balls from 12-2, … Read the rest

Eye on the Outside World, Squawk Alley. Google, Zoom, Forever Changes, and Hope; “No One Says, I Want My Life to Suck..”


For 35 years I’ve been watching and learning from Financial News on TV.  Whether FNN in the early days, or CNBC today; I’ve lived the Crashes, ups and downs and seen hundreds of interviews with the smartest business and investing minds.

A good DVR has allowed me to catch the early interviews with Warren Buffet and Bill Gates and others.  But at 10 AM CST each day,  I get Squawk Alley.  The name comes from a combination of popular Squawk Box show in the mornings, and the “Silicon Alley” moniker given the NYC internet companies in the first bubble 1999-2001.… Read the rest

Redemption Fee Waivers and CV Emergency – Should We Stop Expired Names Auctions?


OPINION  by H. Page Howe

This may not be a popular post, but it feels right.

I think we should defer expired name auctions as an industry for 60 days… and stop pending deletes right away.  Just delay, they still come up in the current way 60 days from now.

Verisign has announced it will reduce the wholesale redemption fee for names in redemption period.

Other registrars have agreed to waive the Registrar markup-up or charge for the extra year plus a little. So in a normal, post grace period restoration, you had the Verisign Fee, plus a registrar markup. … Read the rest

I Don’t Agree with Decisions about Registering and Marketplace De-Listing of Domains


Re-Marketplaces Doing Anti-Domainer Work for Them

By H. Page Howe – Opinion

By dropping corona virus or Covid-19 names from marketplaces or registrars, we are arming our detractors, the TM/IP industry and those that would retroactively try to claim our names, by hinting at confirmation that you may being doing something wrong by simply owning a generic word domain name.

Mind you you haven’t done anything to warrant fraud or suspicious behavior.   I don’t want a company to say I can’t list my name for sale, or accept inquiries, even though I haven’t built a website, and are just holding … Read the rest

Corona Virus Tips, and a Question. Which Can We Live Without, Social Closeness or Internet?

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Which Do we Need More? Internet or Community

So as most of us go through massive disruption to our work, education, travel, spending money and socializing; we have the internet to let us work from home, order food, share on social networks, face-time, shop and buy etc. We are social distancing, but still able to work, buy, spend, search and communicate.

We can actually interact globally online now more easily than a local club or meetup.

What if were the other way around? What if Sports and other events were ok, travel not delayed or restricted, and everyone can go … Read the rest

Corona Virus Domain Name Trends and Sales

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So everyone is talking about the Covid-19 Corona Virus. And when we get a new hot topic, we can sometimes look at domain registrations to see where digital marketers, or speculators, are registering domain names.

Domain investing made the news as a CNBC report tagged the number of registrations at Godaddy at over 3000.

So here are the big three words we also featured last week:  Corona, Virus and Mask.

And some new up and coming words in domain registrations.

Going beyond those three words, cleaning and disinfecting seem to be the most important steps to take, as well … Read the rest

Super Bowl Commercials – Big Brother Google Cares about Me?

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My personal take on the most important part of the Super Bowl, the commercials.

Today, the Google Commercial.  The voice-over is of an elderly gentlemen remembering his life and asking Google to help him.  The takeaway for me is Google isn’t a search engine anymore, its a life management app.  So I need a new search engine.

To hear the advertising spot, Big Brother is now concerned about us and helping us document our lives. I think not.  This was a wonderful, emotional, seemingly positive spin on one company learning everything about us – not so its can help us … Read the rest

Zelle, Godaddy Logo, Misc Domain Notes from Page Howe

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Zelle is the Paypal/Bitcoin killer.

For the past 4 years I’ve watched as improvements have been made to the ACH payment system.   Transfers from Paypal moved to 1 day in the few years, a great improvement. So one of the benefits of Paypal and Bitcoin are the fast transfer (well not so much with BTC anymore). But you knew the banks would have an answer. The answer is Zelle.  I’ve used it for personal transfers where I knew the other side of a domain transaction… now I use it with my business account.

And, like Paypal at the start, there … Read the rest

No Top 10 List. We are Still in the Last Decade

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Ok, so its now 2020. If we still wrote checks we would have to worry about putting the 201x.. oops thinking it was 2019.  The news about the 2020 election has probably put 2020 in our nomenclature in the USA more than any year since 2000.

But I still have one more year to finish my decade to do list, and that means one more year to do something that will make my personal best of the decade list.  For the first decade of my domaining I’m going with selling 2 domains for over $1,000,000.  So far my second decade … Read the rest