Public Interest Registry, the not-for-profit operator of the .org domain, unveiled “OnGood” – the new brand identity for the upcoming .ngo & .ong domains and their accompanying suite of services. Set to launch in early 2015, OnGood is an online community designed with and for NGOs and nonprofits worldwide, providing them with a suite of online Continue reading
Public Interest Registry – the not-for-profit operator of the .org domain – opened yesterday the general availability of three new Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs) which translate to “organisation” or “institution” in non-Latin-based scripts – one in Devanagari, one in Cyrillic, and one in simplified Chinese. The first day numbers are out and it ain't good:
.xn--c1avg (.ОРГ) 403 registrations
.xn--nqv7f (机构) 116 registrations
.xn--i1b6b1a6a2e (संगठन) 58 registrations
Here is the Public Interest Registry press release from yesterday:
Public Interest Registry (PIR) is the registry that will operate the New gTLD strings .ngo and .ong. The .ngo and .ong domains and the NGO Portal will launch in October 2014.
Here’s a quick "How To" to prepare for the .ngo|.ong top level domain launch:
Submit an Expression of Interest
Visit globalngo.org and fill out the Expression of Interest form for the .ngo and .ong domain name(s) that your organisation wants to register. With your submission, Continue reading
Public Interest Registry (PIR), the .org registry, published a list of 4 reasons why your nonprofit or NGO should register a .ngo and .ong domain name.
PIR is the registry that will operate the New gTLD strings .ngo and .ong. The .ngo and .ong domains and the NGO Portal will launch in October 2014.
Here are the 4 reasons:
The Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO), the International Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the UK domain name registry Nominet and Public Interest Registry, operators of the .ORG domain will jointly host the first Commonwealth Domain Name System forum in London on 19 - 20 June 2014.
Named Commonwealth DNS Forum 2014, the event is designed to help the stakeholders from across the Commonwealth to examine: Continue reading
Public Interest Registry – the not-for-profit operator of the .ORG domain – today released the results of its bi-annual domain name report, "The Dashboard," detailing the increased growth of .ORG throughout 2013. The report reveals that 206,542 new .ORG domains were registered from January to December 2013, bringing the total number of .ORG domains under registration (DUM) to more than 10,346,000 globally.
Other findings outlined in "The Dashboard" include the following:
- The number of .ORG domains under registration (DUM) grew by 2.6 percent in 2013.
- When it comes to renewal, 85 percent of .ORG registrants renew their domains for at least three years or more.
- The organisational make-up of the global .ORG community remains diverse with the majority of registrants (20 percent) representing wiki and open source-related causes.
- Charities, schools, and recreational clubs and groups are all equally represented at 8 percent, respectively.
"The Dashboard" also highlights notable growth outside of North America, with nearly 40 percent of .ORG registrations stemming from overseas. For example, as Asia continues to be a core growth region for .ORG, China, Japan and India are all represented in the top 10 countries for .ORG registrations, and together comprise approximately 6 percent of the total .ORG market share. In fact, India alone has increased its .ORG registration market share by 50 percent between 2012 and 2013 and now boasts more than 159,700 .ORG domains. The United Kingdom, Germany, Canada, Australia, and France remain the top five international markets for .ORG registrants by country outside of the U.S. overall.
"Historically, .ORG has been the trusted home for nonprofits all over the world. While that credibility still resonates today, it's clear that the composition of users who carry out their passions, their ideas, and their missions on the .ORG domain is broadening," said Brian Cute, CEO of Public Interest Registry, "Now more than ever, we're seeing that .ORG is where action begins – for art and cultural institutions, clubs, sports teams, environmental and educational groups, as well as scientific, philosophic, and religious organisations. It is also the ideal domain to exercise social good or social entrepreneurship because .ORG is for businesses that think differently. As we charge ahead into 2014, we're optimistic that we will reach new heights in Public Interest Registry's pursuit to maintain .ORG as the trusted domain for individuals, businesses, and organisations worldwide, while also serving as a foundation for and complement to our soon-to-be-launched .NGO|.ONG domain offerings for global non-governmental organisations."
Within "The Dashboard," Public Interest Registry offers insight into its vision and preparations for the 2014 public unveiling of the .NGO and .ONG domains – in addition to four other internationalized domain names (IDNs) that translate into "organisation," "org" or "structured organisation" in Devanagari, Russian Cyrillic and Chinese-simplified scripts. Public Interest Registry's applications to create and manage the .NGO|.ONG domains and the new native IDNs were approved by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) in 2013.
For more information on "The Dashboard" or to download a copy, please visit http://pir.org/news.
About Public Interest Registry
Public Interest Registry is a nonprofit corporation that operates the .ORG top-level domain -- the world's third largest "generic" top-level domain with more than 10.3 million domain names registered worldwide. As an advocate for collaboration, safety and security on the Internet, Public Interest Registry's mission is to empower the global noncommercial community to use the Internet more effectively, and to take a leadership position among Internet stakeholders on policy and other issues relating to the domain naming system. Public Interest Registry was founded by the Internet Society ( http://www.internetsociety.org ) in 2002 and is based in Reston, Virginia, USA.
In a terrible PR move PIR, the .org registry, managed to not sell a single 1 character .org domain from the 31 domains that were auctioned off in the 2 auctions run by Namejet/Enom and Go Daddy. In total 50 2 character .org domain names were sold for $143,661. None of the 31 1 character .org domains were sold because the reserve prices were not met. PIR could have easily earned close to 1 million if there were no reserve prices. Namejet alone had $327,142 of bids that were not realized because the reserve was not reached. And of course a lot of bidders get frustrated and stop bidding when they end up bidding against a reserve. Go Daddy could have had more than that as it had some very good quality letters.
Of course the prices would have been higher if end users were involved which in this case it's obvious they weren't. The prices below are reseller prices.
Go Daddy had a 50k USD reserve price on all 1 character .org domains. Namejet got a 60K USD bid on u.org but the reserve was not met. Were the reserve prices chosen by PIR? I would guess so.
Namejet didn't help much either as it run a competing auction event at the same time the Project 94 auctions were running with several 3 letter .org domains and a few 2 letter .org domains. Some of the top prices were:
tx.org $19,100 Reserve Not Met
fl.org $15,333 Reserve Not Met
Go Daddy auctioned off 42 1 and 2 character .org domain names. 27 of 42 domains sold for a total of $88,642. The average sales price for the 27 domains was $3,283.
Namejet/Enom auctioned off 39 1 and 2 character .org domain names. 23 of 39 domains sold for a total of $55,019. The average sales price for the 23 domains was $2,392.
|Domain Name||High Bid||Auction House|
|Domain Name||High Bid||Reserve||Auction House|
|u.org||$60,000||Reserve Not Met||Namejet|
|j.org||$31,000||Reserve Not Met||Namejet|
|1.org||$30,300||Reserve Not Met||Namejet|
|b.org||$30,000||Reserve Not Met||Namejet|
|r.org||$29,100||Reserve Not Met||Namejet|
|p.org||$25,000||Reserve Not Met||Namejet|
|8.org||$23,000||Reserve Not Met||Namejet|
|0.org||$16,643||Reserve Not Met||Namejet|
|7.org||$15,100||Reserve Not Met||Namejet|
|l.org||$12,300||Reserve Not Met||Namejet|
|2.org||$10,600||Reserve Not Met||Namejet|
|6.org||$10,200||Reserve Not Met||Namejet|
|9.org||$10,000||Reserve Not Met||Namejet|
|4.org||$9,099||Reserve Not Met||Namejet|
|5.org||$8,100||Reserve Not Met||Namejet|
|3.org||$6,700||Reserve Not Met||Namejet|
|a.org||$0||$50,000 Reserve Not Met||Go Daddy|
|c.org||$0||$50,000 Reserve Not Met||Go Daddy|
|d.org||$0||$50,000 Reserve Not Met||Go Daddy|
|e.org||$0||$50,000 Reserve Not Met||Go Daddy|
|h.org||$0||$50,000 Reserve Not Met||Go Daddy|
|i.org||$0||$50,000 Reserve Not Met||Go Daddy|
|k.org||$0||$50,000 Reserve Not Met||Go Daddy|
|n.org||$0||$50,000 Reserve Not Met||Go Daddy|
|o.org||$0||$50,000 Reserve Not Met||Go Daddy|
|q.org||$0||$50,000 Reserve Not Met||Go Daddy|
|s.org||$0||$50,000 Reserve Not Met||Go Daddy|
|t.org||$0||$50,000 Reserve Not Met||Go Daddy|
|v.org||$0||$50,000 Reserve Not Met||Go Daddy|
|w.org||$0||$50,000 Reserve Not Met||Go Daddy|
|z.org||$0||$50,000 Reserve Not Met||Go Daddy|
From April 9 to April 18, 2013, Namejet/Enom offered on 3 day auctions 39 rare, valuable one and two character .org domain names. 23 of the total 39 domains were sold in this auction with a total price of $55,019 USD. The average sales price for the 23 domains was $2,392. The top domains were yo.org that sold for $7,806 and ur.org that got $6,006. Of course all these are reseller prices just like what the 42 Go Daddy Project 94 .org domains got.
Here is the complete list of the 23 sold .org domains:
One letter and one number .org domains had high reserve price and although they got many bids of up to $60k for u.org, not a single one was sold. Here is the list of the 16 one letter and one number .org domains that didn't get the reserve price and weren't sold:
|Domain Name||High Bid|
|u.org||$60,000||Reserve Not Met|
|j.org||$31,000||Reserve Not Met|
|1.org||$30,300||Reserve Not Met|
|b.org||$30,000||Reserve Not Met|
|r.org||$29,100||Reserve Not Met|
|p.org||$25,000||Reserve Not Met|
|8.org||$23,000||Reserve Not Met|
|0.org||$16,643||Reserve Not Met|
|7.org||$15,100||Reserve Not Met|
|l.org||$12,300||Reserve Not Met|
|2.org||$10,600||Reserve Not Met|
|6.org||$10,200||Reserve Not Met|
|9.org||$10,000||Reserve Not Met|
|4.org||$9,099||Reserve Not Met|
|5.org||$8,100||Reserve Not Met|
|3.org||$6,700||Reserve Not Met|
Public Interest Registry (PIR), the .org registry, recently conducted a survey through ORC International to measure the level of trust consumers have in .ORG and their sentiments towards other online resources, such as social media, and found that 82% of survey respondents still think a website is the most trustworthy place to get information on a charity or social cause. Despite the growing rise and popularity of organizational social media pages and accounts, Facebook, YouTube and LinkedIn were respectively ranked second, third and fourth most trustworthy
- Assuming there are four websites, all with similar content but each with a different domain name, 39% of all respondents surveyed indicated they would trust .ORG the most; 23% chose .COM and 25% said they would trust them all equally (.ORG, .COM, .INFO, .NET).
- In a time of crisis, 33% of all respondents would look for information on a .ORG, followed by .COM (31%) and .INFO (17%).
From March 18 to April 4, 2013, Go Daddy Auctions offered on an extended 17 day auction 42 rare, valuable one and two character .org domain names. 27 of the total 42 domains were sold in this auction with a total price of $88,642 USD. The average sales price for the 27 domains was $3,283. The top domains were fs.org and ts.org getting more than $9,000 each.
Here is the complete list of the 27 sold .org domains:
|Domain:||Final Price:||Asking Price:||Bids:|
One letter .org domains had a starting price of $50,000 and didn't get any bids. Go Daddy required a $5,000 deposit in order to make a bid and that didn't make it any easier. Here is the list of the 15 one letter .org domains that didn't get any bids:
|Domain Name||Starting Price|