In two days, the .CO domain registry will celebrate the first anniversary of its public launch and don’t forget the fact it recently hit the 1 million registered domain mark after ten months of existence. That’s not too shabby, however, there is no question the launch of .CO was surrounded by a lot of hype which contributed to the rapid adoption.
After doing a little research I discovered that Color.com was acquired by Color Labs in December 2010 for $350,000. After hearing about the new photo sharing social network which raised $41 million dollars (pre-launch) from several venture capital firms (which is more than Google raised), I wondered how much of it they used to acquire the domain name Color.com. Well, it appears, not that much of the $41 million was spent on the domain.
If you look at the site DN Sale Price, you can see for yourself that the domain sold for 350k according to DN Journal (the source it lists). I’ve included a screenshot below.
There has been a lot of hype over the release of the .CO top level domain (TLD). In fact, according to a press release from today, these .CO domains are selling like crazy. But the real question remains, should you buy one? They cost $30/year – that is approximately $20 more per year then a .COM or .NET. I received an email today from someone wanting to know if he should buy a .CO instead of a .COM. I’ll post a transcript of the email below along with my response.
I was wondering which domain name is better .com or .co domains? what is the difference between these two domains? What do people in your community think? Will .co domains really change the .com domains?
Thanks for taking the time to read this and/or answer this question, maybe you can make a video about this subject.
Many people are familiar with Flickr, the popular image sharing site owned by Yahoo, but, how many actually know the difference between Flickr and Flicker (with the e)? Well, it seems many people (approximately 3.6 million) are not aware of the difference. Flicker.com was registered in 1998 which is approximately five years before Flickr.com was registered for use as the image sharing service in 2003.
According to the stats published on the front page of Flicker.com, they are receiving 3.6 million unique visits per year. Of that 3.6 million, over 95% of those visits come from direct navigation. In other words, people who want to go to Flickr.com but don’t realize it’s spelled without the “e” are typing in Flicker.com to the address bar only to find a message that the site is “down for maintenance”.