It’s a beautiful, sunny Sunday morning here in Denver, Colorado. Hoping you’re having a great weekend! It was a busy week in the domain name industry! Recapping some of the top stories:
Michael Berken’s announced last week that Most Wanted Domains will be publishing domain sales in realtime on its @MWD Twitter handle and corresponding Facebook account. Most Wanted Domains acquired MWD.com in August of last year and all of the domain names under management by MWD are listed on the website. Domain sales data must be hot, yesterday, Ron Jackson posted about a new domain sales iPhone app that was recently released by Kikabink International Pty Ltd.
Domain registrar Hexonet.net blogged the other day that it is now managing over 1 million domain names. Hexonet is a German company with offices in Canada is well. They offer very competitive pricing on domain registrations, hosting and more. I’ve had the chance to meet some of the Hexonet team and can understand why they are continuing to grow. Congrats and keep up the good work.
The Moniker spring auction ended with totaling more than $20k in sales. The top sale was DrivingGloves.com going for $6,450. Other sales included Florists.info which sold for just over $3k and ScubaDivingLessons.com which I think was a steal at $1,267. Other noteworthy sales from this week include 3dWorld.com $4,311, DomainLoan.com $8,200 and StyleMaker.com at $6,756 all of which sold on NameJet.
In case you missed it, Frank Schilling posted a blog post titled In New gTLDs, The Only Certainty is Change. Like all of Franks’ posts this is another one you must read. In the article Frank talks about the effect new gTLD’s will have on the world, the potential for dotless emails and hints about a new service/company he is working on that will service new TLD’s.
A few interesting domain acquisitions by major companies were revealed – Major League Baseball (MLB) recently acquired Athletics.com (for its team Oakland Athletics). As Andrew Alleman pointed out in his post this week, the MLB now own all but five of the exact match .com names of teams in the league. In other news, Apple has successfully taken the domain name iPhone5.com from the previous registrant after filing a complaint with WIPO.