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06/14/2014 07:28:03 AM · #1
i'm rebranding and I want to purchase a new domain name, the one i want isn't available in the .com flavor

however its available with .photos and .photography extension

never knew they existed... is there a problem with possibly using a non .com extension for my new website
06/14/2014 07:40:04 AM · #2
I think the problems involved are practical ones -- it will requires more space on business cards and the like, it takes longer to type -- and probably to explain (if you didn't know they existed, will your contacts?). Not to mention, in print or wherever, www.mikewhatever.photography just doesn't look like a website name at first glance. That could change if it takes off, but there are no guarantees. The .am and .fm extensions were introduced probably ten years and were supposed be adopted by the radio industry, but it never caught on.
06/14/2014 08:00:47 AM · #3
Originally posted by bvy:

I think the problems involved are practical ones -- it will requires more space on business cards and the like, it takes longer to type -- and probably to explain (if you didn't know they existed, will your contacts?). Not to mention, in print or wherever, www.mikewhatever.photography just doesn't look like a website name at first glance. That could change if it takes off, but there are no guarantees. The .am and .fm extensions were introduced probably ten years and were supposed be adopted by the radio industry, but it never caught on.

Technically, .fm is Micronesia and .am is Armenia. Any push to get radio stations to adopt them must have seemed a bit of a stretch back when TLDs were either country codes or .com/.net/.org/.gov. There are a few online stations (e.g. vibe.fm) that use them, but those are more recent, with most regular AM/FM stations having already created (typically) .com or .org websites.

I agree with the rest of your post. If I didn't know these TLDs were coming out, I'd think that site was fake. Remember, to the computer-illiterate, everything that looks like it shouldn't exist is probably a virus.
06/14/2014 08:09:54 AM · #4
Originally posted by George:

Remember, to the computer-illiterate, everything that looks like it shouldn't exist is probably a virus.


I beg to differ. To the computer LITERATE, it looks like a virus. In my experience, the computer-illiterate (and I work with a lot of them) will click on anything. Sometimes even twice.
06/14/2014 08:23:15 AM · #5
Originally posted by George:

Technically, .fm is Micronesia and .am is Armenia. Any push to get radio stations to adopt them must have seemed a bit of a stretch back when TLDs were either country codes or .com/.net/.org/.gov.


You're right. I think www.radio.fm (BRS Media) started this at the time. I was surprised to see that they're still around. And it looks like their website hasn't changed since then.
06/14/2014 10:14:29 AM · #6
To me it actually shortens the name e.g. if I have a domain for my photography is "girishpanditphotography.com" with new photography extension, it would be "girishpandit.photography" it is reduced by 3 characters and for search I think it is easy to search too. I recently acquired "aperture.events", the idea was not to use "apple aperture product" but or more photography aperture but I did get a hit saying that I have a name that is trademark :)

06/14/2014 01:19:00 PM · #7
Originally posted by LN13:

In my experience, the computer-illiterate (and I work with a lot of them) will click on anything. Sometimes even twice.

It's as adorable as the Internet gets
Originally posted by Dave Ross:

The Onion, the media satire website that people sometimes take seriously (because with media today it's hard to tell the difference anymore) has a new site, focused on satirizing the Internet's most time-wasting websites: the sites that are always tempting you with lists, trite headlines, and adorable must-see videos. I figured I'd better alert you to it so that, if you're among the 89 percent of workers who waste more than 30 minutes a day online, you don't waste it on a site that's making fun of all the time you're wasting.

The new site is called ClickHole.com. I'm not sure what it refers to - somebody from Generation Y can probably tell you.

It features a video headlined, "What this adorable little girl says will melt your heart." How could I not click on that?

"My name is Jessica," says the adorable little girl in the video. "And I'm nothing more than a ploy to get you to watch an Internet video. The people who posted this video would stop at nothing to get you to click on this link and make the advertisers happy."

She disclosed immediately that I was about to have my time wasted. But did I click away? Of course not. But now, I'm beginning to realize that the headline was shamelessly deceptive!

"Oh right! You want me to say something adorable. No matter how many videos you watch, you're still going to feel all alone."

You're breaking my heart, Jessica.

"I guess that's just the way it is," she says.

And this is the amazing thing - even though you are being mocked, you are so desperate for adorable videos that your mouse finger freezes.

"Hopefully that's cute enough to satisfy the all consuming vacuum of your soul," says Jessica.

I even watched the ad for beef jerky hoping that's a parody too. But it wasn't.

That's when you realize the Internet is just digital pot. One puff and suddenly it's four hours later.

Anyway, you've been warned. The next time you're tempted by the computer, turn on a radio. You never need to debug it, de-frag it, disinfect it. You don't have to wait for it to boot, buffer, or reload. You don't need to watch it, and we're always reminding you what time it is.
06/16/2014 07:04:20 AM · #8
The point man usually is let by, then they shoot at the Sergeants.
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