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    ICANNWatch.org ICANNWatch To Close Down
    posted by michael on Tuesday April 01 2003, @05:12AM

    "Q: How many psychiatrists does it take to change a lightbulb?
    A: Just one, but the lightbulb really has to want to change."

    When we started this project, we had three related goals: reforming ICANN, documenting its activities, and explaining why ICANN was a really lousy model for anyone to follow.

    The intervening years have demonstrated three things: that ICANN does not want to change, that the blogging world has caught on to the need to document what ICANN does, and that no one in his right mind would use ICANN as a model for anything.

    UPDATE: Yes, it's a joke.

    Meanwhile, ICANN itself is clearly becoming irrelevant. The latest studies show that keyword searching via google and the like now vastly outstrips the use of domain name names for navigation. Add in the amount of traffic generated by linking and bookmarking, and user-typed URLs are only a small and ever-sinking fraction of total internet traffic.

    Two out of three (plus one bonus point) ain't bad, so we've decided to declare victory and get on with our lives. The website will remain live for historical research, but your editors will no longer be creating new content for it.

    It was fun. See you around.

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    Joyous News
    by GeorgeK on Tuesday April 01 2003, @08:47AM (#11411)
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    Sorry to hear about it, on this day when I had such Happy News [kirikos.com] of my own.

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    April Fool's
    by hofjes on Tuesday April 01 2003, @09:41AM (#11413)
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    I hope this is an April Fool's joke.

    ICANN Watch is important.
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    by fnord (groy2kNO@SPAMyahoo.com) on Tuesday April 01 2003, @07:13PM (#11415)
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    To be serious for a second, I am surprised that anyone still believes in the value of type-ins, or is this another april fool's joke? Those who blindly use type-ins rarely make good customers anyway (and I say that having owned and/or managed some well back into the '90's. Those who make good customers have long since learned that a URL is a poor second to a search engine.

    What is the current story bumping even The War out of top spot? Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). Try sars.[com/net/org/info/biz]. Helpful? No (and warning, com/net are redirects with multiple popups). While at time of writing a google search [google.com] on sars is not of much more help, google's algorithms are sufficiently clued to correct this over time as the term becomes more relevant and generates more traffic (and google does not assign any weight whatsoever to what the URL happens to claim). The prominent google news link is much more helpful, showing that not all of the article is false.

    Note also that sars.ca (I'm Canadian) is relevant to that topic, another sign that at least some ccTLDs are generally more logically used than the drek filling those under ICANN's more direct and inept control, and through the principle of survival of the fittest, is leading to increased use by both registrants and users of ccTLDs, and thus one of the few counterbalances to ICANN.

    The carpal tunnel inducing severeacuterespiratorysyndrome.[com/net/org/info/b iz] also produces some hits (and popups) but is similarily useless, whereas a google search on that term is, not surprisingly, much more relevant [google.com].

    As for Carstrucksfordchevymercedeslincoln.com doing well in search engines, that is so 20th century. Most major search engines, including Google and Yahoo, have never parsed URLs for relevance, and of those few who did, they gave it up long ago as it was rarely of use to end-users, normally leading to For Sale or Pr0n sites.

    That such myths persist about the mystical power of domain names to make mucho money shows that there's a fool born every minute of every day, not just April First. -g

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