XYZ makes idiotic statement on Twitter

The XYZ registry, one of the worst New gTLD registries, made a tweet yesterday that is clearly false and frankly embarrassing to the whole domain name industry.

The tweet said: “You can get a shorter, more memorable domain with .xyz – just like Hooli.xyz did. Head to gen.xyz to get yours!” and had this image attached:

This idiotic statement that claims to be a “statistic” is clearly false. The funniest thing is that they even have their source at the bottom of the image: Alexa Site Rankings.

You only need to scroll down to number 5 of the Alexa site rankings to find a domain name that is longer than 8 characters: Wikipedia.org.

Instagram.com, AliExpress.com, Microsoft.com, Livejasmin.com, Microsoftonline.com and Tribunnews.com are just a few websites with more than 8 characters in their domain name and I didn’t even go beyond the Alexa top 50.

I have no idea on what is going on over at XYZ and why they can’t even count characters. Oh well I guess I have some sort of idea. It is not like they have a good track record.

A few people on Twitter laughed at the tweet but that doesn’t seem to bother the XYZ regsitry as many hours later the Tweek is still alive and kicking:

Update: A few hours after my post XYZ deleted the tweet above and replaced it with one that said that the top 10,000 websites have an average length of 8 characters. They didn’t really omit the word “average” as they claim because the image above clearly says “all have” and the 2 images have different wording and meaning. They also cited a study from 2009.

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About Konstantinos Zournas

Konstantinos studied Computer Engineering and Computer Science in London and lives in Athens, Greece. He loves domains and building websites. He is online since 1995, learned about html in 1996 and got into domains in 2002. He started the OnlineDomain.com blog in 2012.

7 comments

  1. Obviously bad at math, can’t even count to 8. Maybe hired someone on fiverr to make them a inspiration meme.

  2. John Berryhill

    Shorter headline “XYZ gets free advertising on domain blog”. Radix has to pay for a banner ad, but on the page right here, the xyz logo appears, for free, under the ‘Recent posts’ tab.

  3. Domains used to be great. Now, it s pathetic.

  4. Hooli.xyz is 9 characters, you plonkers.

  5. The XYZ social media team accidentally left off the word “average” in the referenced tweet. They have since corrected the mistake.

    • Konstantinos Zournas

      They didn’t just left off the word “average”. The 2 images have completely different wording and meaning.

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