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April 10, 2007

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al

You're right Frank: brits use co.uk /french use .fr /germans use .de /dutch use .nl etc. etc. Branding on media is mostly done with cc tld's I have only seen about 2 or 3 .com's in the last 6 months or so in my country.
What most people outside of the European Union simply don't understand is that it's totally different from regions like the United States. People in the EU speak all kinds of different languages and have their very own distinct cultural tendencies. It will take centuries to consolidate something like that, if ever. And don't even try to compare the seperate countries in the EU with the seperate states in the US it just does NOT work like that. Hah .eu was doomed before it even existed!

Rob Taylor

There is a reason why .co.uk and .de are massive and .eu is nowhere :)

Between yourself (Frank) and Al above you have got it spot on.

The renewal rates will be interesting to watch!

RonJackson

" Now that they are busy shooing the speculators (money) away.. it is even more doomed."

That line brings up something that is a constant irritant to me. Money spent on domains by speculators is always characterized as somehow being a bad thing. If you took the money out of the domain business that has been spent by speculators on all extensions over the years, this whole industry (including registrars, registries, aftermarket sales companies, ICANN themselves with their quarter made from each domain, etc etc) would be about as big as the buggy whip business is today. Yet, so many elements (including some of the very people who benefit mightily from speculative purchases) continually use speculators as a whipping boy. I wonder what would happen if every domain speculator on earth staged a one month walkout and refused to spend a penny? You think the whiners are sobbing now? It would be nothing compared to the wailing and gnashing of teeth you would hear then.

***FS*** Ron, I wish I could articulate things that clearly. Absolutely correct IMO.

owen frager

It's true about Europe. I’ve spent a lot of time there doing research for client projects. They are always ahead of the curve and a bellwether for things to come. And my remarks about dotcom on the other threads are made reflecting US businesses.

But I stumbled into something else last night, related as i was repurposing content from de and nl nlogs to mine: Tags. Tags on these blog posts are 1) becoming essential to drive traffic via search (technorati for example) but 2) they help a visitor find related posts on your site (example when they click on the dotMobi tag on any post on my site they get a page of all posts that have been tagged dotMobi . Logs show this to be an increasing trend and a lot of my blog traffic is from Europe.

So what language do we tag in? Is there a business potential in a tag-find-and-translate service? As we become more of a global economy, and one web, isn't there going to be a greater need for a universal language like #'s or symbols (such as they use on airplane safety cards where regardless of age, education or race you know exactly where to go and what to do.

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