Piece in "IT Week" speaks to the .EU landrush. I didn't buy into this landrush. Europe has started two world wars because of nationalism. You are going to get a .de from the Germans or a .fr from the French when you pry them from their cold dead hands. My neighbor in Cayman is Italian.. She still converts things in Lira even though the Euro has been around for nearly a decade. People are proud of their national heritage in Euroland and the domain extension tells folks the language they can expect to find at each destination.
Quote: “It’s unfortunate that what could have been an enormously successful domain name launch was marred by a number of unscrupulous registrars, who seem to have deterred other firms from registering for the domain,” Turnbull said."
You poor poor man .. If only you could have sold 600,000 less on opening day.. I bet 2 million of the namespace's registrations are held by onesey twosey (or larger) speculators at this very moment.. Only we call those onesey twosey speculators "end users" when it suits us. Anyhoo, I posted this piece because a great deal of the money which was transfered to the .eu registry operator on the landrush, came from registrars / speculators who made their fortunes in .com .. this is a great transfer of wealth behind the curtain that few understand. Much of the money came from .com traffic operators or from those who make their living either selling that traffic or selling names and services to those who make their living in .com traffic.
Just a little color for what its worth.
Quote: "Phil Turnbull of web hosting specialist Hostway said the debacle had a detrimental effect on the growth of the domain name."
Either this 'gent' just doesn't understand the ecosystem in which he operates, or he is mugging while the cameras roll. This name-space was doomed without speculators.. Now that they are busy shooing the speculators (money) away.. it is even more doomed.
Again I have no interest in .EU These are just my opinions. I agree with Rob's comments on an earlier post that one day a rising tide may lift all boats, but there are other TLD's coming to fill that vacuum. C'est la vie.