About Konstantinos Zournas

Konstantinos Zournas studied Computer Engineering and Computer Science in London, UK and now lives in Athens, Greece. His interests are domain name registration and management and UDRP consulting. He offers website development and hosting. He has been online since 1995 and a domain investor since 2002. You can find him at Google+ - Twitter - LinkedIn

.Tokyo Has 9,598 Domain Registrations After Its 1st Day

Yesterday 22th of July the .Tokyo new domain name extension entered general availability. Tokyo has a metropolitan population of over 35 million people. This was one of the big geo New gTLDs but it didn’t do as well as I expected.

The first day, or rather first hours, registration numbers were not great for the .Tokyo New gTLD. It has a total of 9,598 domain registrations today. These numbers include the Sunrise (trademark) and the Landrush domain registrations. .Tokyo increased it’s registrations by about 8,700 domains on it’s first day.

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New NameJet iOS App Available For Download

NameJet announced the release of it’s new iOS app. NameJet’s new App for iOS gives you more control when bidding in domain name auctions while on the go.

This is how Namejet describes the iOS app:
“The app has an easy-to-use interface, allowing you to manage your bids, putting you in control of your auctions regardless of location.

Never miss out on another NameJet domain auction. With an easy to use interface, the NameJet app allows you to manage your bids, and puts you in control of your auctions no matter where you are.”

I wish they made an Android app too.

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Go Daddy Customer Complains About 2 Domains That Were Removed From His Account

A Go Daddy customer is complaining that he registered 2 .xyz domains in June and Go Daddy removed the 2 domains from his account in July and registered the domains under some other name.

I am not sure what happened because the 2 domains he mentions have different registration dates and one of the domains is not registered with Go Daddy.

complete.xyz: registered on July 2 2014 at onamae.com
april.xyz: registered on July 17 2014 at Go Daddy

I checked domaintools.com and I can’t find a whois record earlier than the dates above.

The pissedconsumer.com review is titled:
“GoDaddy’s flawed Trademark filter can cause you to lose your domains.”

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.Tokyo New Top Level Domain Enters General Availability Today

Tokyo-DomainsGMO Internet Group company, GMO Registry announced that .tokyo (http://hello.tokyo/en), the top level domain representing Tokyo, the capital city of Japan, opened for worldwide general registration on July 22, 2014, at 03:00 UTC.

Following the initial launch phases in which .tokyo was open first exclusively to trademark holders and then in a special priority pre-registration phase, tomorrow’s launch marks the first time that .tokyo domain name registrations will be available on a first-come-first-served basis at over 50 .tokyo accredited registrars worldwide.

Click here to see the other 8 New gTLDs that enter general availability this week.

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New Shorter .NZ Domains Names Coming In September In New Zealand

The .nz registry is following the footsteps of Nominet, the .uk registry, offering shorter .nz (New Zealand) ccTLD domain names.

From 1pm, 30 September 2014, ‘second level’ domains like the .co in ‘.co.nz’ and the .org in ‘.org.nz’ will become optional. You’ll be able to get .nz names with them, without them, or both.

You may have ‘Preferential Registration Eligibility’ if you are an Existing Registrant. This means you could register or reserve the shorter version of your .nz domain name before it becomes available to anyone else.

If you have a .nz domain name, you’re an existing registrant. It’s important to know that you may be eligible to register or reserve the shorter version of your .nz domain name before it becomes available to anyone else.
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Moniker Update: Support Replies, Bulk Auth Codes, Privacy Email Fail, Privacy Price

This is time for another Moniker update. The past 2 months have been crazy. I have made 8 posts, including this one, describing what have been a Moniker system disaster.

Before a couple of days I received some cryptic emails from Moniker:

we hereby acknowledge receipt of your payment in the amount of 8.45 $ by TRANSACTION [Receipt of payment cash; Transferring balance from duplicate account to active account.].

and then:

we hereby acknowledge receipt of your payment in the amount of -8.45 $ by Balancing of negative account debit; Transferring balance from duplicate account to active account..

These 2 payments cancel out and they don’t appear in my invoice or transaction history so I am not sure if I need to worry or not. I have no idea what the “duplicate account” refers to…

Problems with Moniker are not really improving fast but I did receive a response to my support ticket for the emails above during the weekend:

When the system was migrated, another account was created for you by accident. The system closed the other account and transferred the funds to your active account ****. We do apologize for this error and hope you understand what happened.

Yes, Moniker support has started repliying to support tickets. I started 4 support Continue reading

New gTLD Weekly Review: .Tokyo, .University, .Town, .Toys, .Consulting

This week 9 New gTLDs enter General Availability and another 4 New gTLDs enter the EAP General Availability.

On the 22nd of July .Tokyo enters general availability. This is one of the big geo New gTLDs. Tokyo has a metropolitan population of over 35 million people.

On the 22nd of July .Moe enters general availability. The word “moe” (in Japanese: “萌え”; pronounced as “moh-ay”) is a slang word rooted deep in the Japanese Otaku culture. It has often been used to mean a particular type of “adorable” or “cute” towards fictional characters, people, animals, etc.

Donuts enters EAP General Availability for the following 4 New gTLDs on Wednesday, July 23rd 2014: .Reisen (travel in German), .University, .Town and .Toys.

.Travel didn’t have large adoption in the past few years so Continue reading

“Domain Registry of America” Registrar Suspended By ICANN For 90 Days

The registrar BRANDON GRAY INTERNET SERVICES INC. (dba NameJuice.com) that has been behind the ”Domain Registry of America”  (DRoA) or “Domain Renewal Group” scam was suspended by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (“ICANN”) on the 19th of July 2014.

Brandon Gray’s ability to create new Registered Names or initiate inbound transfers of Registered Names is suspended for 90 days pursuant to Section 5.7 of the RAA. The suspension is effective 19 July 2014 at 00:00 UTC and will conclude on 17 October 2014 at 00:00 UTC, or longer if Brandon Gray has not demonstrated compliance on or before 10 October 2014.

The registrar scam sends domain name expiration letters all over the world asking for Continue reading

Sedo sells 570 domains for $1.5 million: PluralSight.in $16k, tt.cc 15k Euro, Casinos.co 13k Euro

In the past week (July 7 to July 13), 570 (564 last week) transactions took place on Sedo’s marketplace and via SedoMLS, totaling $1.5 million ($2.4m last week). Only 188 (167 last week) domains from the 570 were reported by Sedo. The other domains were either private sales or domains that sold for less than 700 USD/EUR/GBP. Over 50% (45% last week) of total sales were the result of Buy Now listings. Sedo will not reveal what is the Buy Now percentage of the public sales vs the percentage of the private sales. And will not reveal what percentage of the total sales value do the Buy Now listings represent.

The average domain name sales price was $2,632 ($4,255 last week).

Here are the 188 public and reported Sedo sales for the week July 7 to July 13 2014:

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I Have Been Refunded $3,000 From Go Daddy And I Have Yet To Find Someone Else With The Same Problem

In the past 4 months I have been refunded $3,000 from Go Daddy from failed New gTLD EAP pre-orders. I was refunded $2,850 back in March and $150 just a couple of days ago. The EAP fee is the Early Access Program that is only offered for Donuts New gTLDs. EAP prices start at about $12,500 and are lowered within the course of the week until they reach the regular registration cost after the 7 day period.

In these 4 months I have found 20 New gTLD EAP pre-orders that had a problem. (20 x $150 = $3,000) The problem is that Go Daddy was not refunding the EAP day 5 fee, and maybe earlier day fees as well, that is $150 or more. They were only making a partial refund for the registration/renewal fee only. I think that somehow someone thought that the fee was “not refundable” as I have this written on a few pre-order receipts. But of course the EAP fee is refundable.

It has been all these months and I have made 3 posts about this problem and I have yet to find someone else with the same problem. I can only think of 4 explanations: Continue reading