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    Re: How the New TLDs Can Go from Failure to Succes
    by Ron_Bennett on Saturday April 27 2002, @07:50PM (#6053)
    User #3011 Info | http://www.wyomissing.com/bennett/
    Anyone who expects, or even thinks might, their website will get much traffic, for all practical purposes, is forced to register the .COM version too.

    Even many U.S. government agencies and non-profits register the .COM variation of any new domain names they register. Even the venerable ICANNWatch uses .COM too!!

    Failure to register the .COM version of a domain opens the door to domain name speculators, adult siite operators, etc to grab it and point that traffic elsewhere.

    And this is not only limited to domain names...anyone who is familiar with the toll free industry knows that 800 and to a lesser extent 888 are the prefixes to have...easy to remember, most people know they are toll free, and most importantly people are more likely to dial 800 when unsure of the prefix much like many people use .COM when unsure of a website address.

    And for some businesses like sex lines, they make a decent chunk of money just from people playing around dialing 800 numbers akin to .COM type-ins.
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    Re: How the New TLDs Can Go from Failure to Succes
    by fnord (groy2kNO@SPAMyahoo.com) on Sunday April 28 2002, @02:38AM (#6061)
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    This is incredibly loopy. First, I've never met anyone who does those much hyped blind type-ins as a means of navigation, nor have I met anyone who randomly calls 800 numbers. Second, one the off-chance there is someone out there idiotic enough to do so, I doubt they'll turn out to be a preferred customer. -g
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    Re: How the New TLDs Can Go from Failure to Succes
    by dtobias (dan@tobias.name) on Sunday April 28 2002, @03:23AM (#6063)
    User #2967 Info | http://domains.dan.info/
    I have a couple of fairly popular sites in non-dot-com domains that I don't own the .com version of.

    tiffany.org -- fan site about the singer Tiffany. Got so much traffic when she was featured in Playboy last month that I had to increase the level of my hosting account to avoid bandwidth surcharges. The .com version belongs to a famous jeweler.

    tatiana.info -- Site about Latina singer/TV host Tatiana. I don't own tatiana.com/org/net, though I do have the .biz version for possible future use if a commercial site is to be set up on her behalf.
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