In just a few hours I got 2 different emails from people or companies trying to sell me .uno and .xyz New gTLD domains. That is excluding all the registrars that are sending me 10s of New gTLD related emails every day. And that is on top of the usual emails trying to sell me a great *****.com.cn, ***.asia or this premium TheGreekSisland.com (example) domain that they got yesterday.
The irony is that it was for 2 New gTLD, .uno and .xyz, that I have publicly spoken about. And what I said was not good:
1. New gTLD Ranking – Domain name registrations and overall domain investing potential
2. Is .Uno The First Cybersquatting Registry? (TedCruz.uno, HillaryClinton.uno, MittRomney.uno)
3. Deals.xyz auction ends at $8,100 at Namejet but no one has to pay – #bullshit
The first was trying to sell me Casting.uno. It was written in Spanish that I don’t understand and they cc the email to every single person owning a casting related domain name. Of course I can see the email addresses of all the other people and they can see mine. So it only proper that I post all their email addresses: email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com. By the way I don’t own any .uno domains and I won’t be buying any. Thanks
The second was from the .xyz registry itself. I wonder how they got my email address. (I don’t think I have ever contacted them.) It is not hard to find but I have to wonder. In short they say that.xyz is the next .com, they expect 1 million registrations by year 1 and I should register all my domains in .xyz too. I highlighted my favorite parts:
I wanted to personally invite you to register website.xyz, law.xyz, health.xyz and the rest of your portfolio in the truly generic and flexible .xyz namespace between now and June 2. With over one million .xyz domain name registrations expected in the first year, I want to ensure that you are able to take advantage of our priority Landrush registration period to not only protect your investment, but also leverage the Generation XYZ community we are cultivating to connect with the next generation of internet users.
Recently featured on VentureBeat and NPR’s Morning Edition, .xyz was highlighted as the next .com. As an innovative new website platform, .xyz gives individuals and businesses a unique and affordable channel to connect with their audience all over the world using a cohesive web presence ending with .xyz. In other words, this is an opportunity for you to secure short and recognizable premium .xyz domain names before they are offered to the general public on a first-come-first-served basis.
We are working very closely with a number of registrars to promote .xyz to the world. I recommend you speak to your registrar about this opportunity, or let me know if you would like me to facilitate an introduction.
You can read more about .xyz in our articles on Quartz or CNET, or visit our site www.gen.xyz. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about .xyz or the registration process.
My guess is they are scrapping whois data, and aggressively using free email marketing as one avenue to market their extension in the glut of .anything type domains.
I own casting.info and website.marketing so I guess you are right. 🙂
But the .xyz registry email made me wonder a bit…
I got it also, I assume I got this email because I registered these words in .today:
“I wanted to personally invite you to register marijuana.xyz, hemp.xyz, cannabis.xyz and the rest of your portfolio in the truly generic and flexible .xyz namespace”
So they are scanning new gtld domain whois details.
They forgot weed.xyz and domainpicks.xyz. My god these look ugly!
Here is the only one I want lol:
Damn it. I have a pre-order for this!
It is registry reserved. LOL.
Registrant Name:Domain Administrator
Registrant Organization:XYZ.com, LLC
Registrant Street1:2121 E Tropicana Ave Suite #2
Registrant City:Las Vegas
Registrant Postal Code:89119
Just received one from Dotster (have account/zero domains) and Domain.com (have account/1-2 domains). Both have unsubscribe links.
Make that four, actually: Dotster, Domain.com, MyDomain.com and BigRock.
First 3 are the same company. Is Big Rock part of that too?
Same here, got an email from .xyz registry and one from noktadomains.