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    The End of Domain Names?

    I was a very early adopter of the Internet, way back when the first ISP opened for business in Australia (population 18 million). I didn't see the potential for investment in the shares of the ISP company, and kicked myself when the founders of that company sold out for millions in profit (before the dotcom crash). So I missed out on that boom. Neither did I see domain names as a potential investment, so I think I have missed that boom also.

    In the last couple of years I have registered a couple of domain names, for potential ecommerce use, but found it very hard to obtain the .com names I wanted. So I had to settle for very long, hyphenated .com names or the something shorter with a .com.au extension.

    Now I see all these other extensions/spaces being offered, presumably to allow people to register names that are are no longer available in the .com space, among other things.

    I wondered whether it was too late to jump on the band wagon for investing in domain names. Sure enough, no matter how creative I was with a name, the .com space was already taken. So I thought, I will have to register my names in the .com.au space. But then I wondered about copyright and trademark infringement if someone already has the name registered in the .com or any other space and, possibly, already has an active web site. I have yet to search the forum for members advice on this legal issue.

    Now I am wondering where all this is heading. With personal computing power and the internet expanding at an exponential rate. Surely domain names will become obsolete one day? AI is already being used in many of the applications we use (e.g Google). Voice recognition technology must be well advanced by now. Your XBox 360 Kinect responds to your body movements. You use your iPhone to connect to the web... No keyboard or mouse in sight! How far off is brain-machine interaction?

    Does anyone believe that any of these advancing technologies, if applied to our interaction with the Internet, will be using domain names to access a web page?

    I don't know what the technology will be that replaces domain names, but I will bet that it will be invented in the not too distant future.

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    I don't imagine anything replacing them, there isn't really many alternatives.

    I see more short extensions being added, and the .com lowering in value as .eu, .co and .uk increase.

    A number system like an ipv4 address has always been an option, but marketing with an IP address would fail, nevermind an ipv6 address.

    Maybe one day there'll be little chip cards that you swipe in your computer, but that would basically ruin the internet.

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    I don't see an end for domain names in my lifetime, and I know I am going to live quite long.

    Domain name industry is still going strong, so make hay when sun shines.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lampet View Post
    How far off is brain-machine interaction?
    That's still a long ways off.

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    Also iPhones don't really do anything better than a computer with keyboard and mouse, yeah the technology is advanced but touchscreen technology isn't something a mobile phone needs.

    But a series of kinect-like hand movements to get to a web-page could lead to weight-loss worldwide, its genius.

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    DNS is very ingrained in society now, both socially and economically, and it is in many ways the perfect solution for naming servers that traditionally use IP addresses. Unless there is a revamp of the way domains are sold and managed, or a new protocol altogether I think they will stick around for quite some time.

    As far as investing in domains go, this is a whole 'science' in itself and you should read dedicated domainer forums and blogs because it's very much about being up to date on trends etc. Domains themselves can still be worth millions and in many cases many thousands but actually getting them is the problem for most without the cash, but still not impossible.

    Just as a sidenote, nobody can really predict with 100% accuracy where the internet is headed. There could be a big sudden change etc.

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    Sure, it will become obsolete however there will be something new that replaces them which registrars of today will switch to. Yes, you missed the .com boom however .co is increasing and is now probably the next best move.

    Best of luck to you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zoom Active View Post
    Sure, it will become obsolete however there will be something new that replaces them which registrars of today will switch to. Yes, you missed the .com boom however .co is increasing and is now probably the next best move.

    Best of luck to you!
    I suppose nothing will be able to beat COM domain name extension. In any case most likely this one will be full soon

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    I don't think domain names will ever go away for the simple fact that websites and servers need an address, domains also server as an identity on the internet. IPs change while a domain can be used for ever.

    What we will see however is a much greater diversity of domains, it's already happening with many services using tlds other than .com, .net etc... Also expect many more normal (non-nerds) to be using their own domains in coming years. Blogger, Wordpress (the hosted service) and Google Apps, are making it easier that ever before for non-tech users to setup their own domains with little to no expertise required.
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    First the new domain name extensions have very little investing potential as compared to the .com, second, investing in domain names today is a whole different ball game, you have professional domainers sitting on tens of thousands of domain names, running automated tools to find new/expiring domains and register them etc. If you are still relying on your personal creativity to find domain names then this industry might not for you.
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    Sure, they'll replace domain names right after they replace phone numbers. Perhaps we will be able to communicate telepathically.

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    I can see the way domain names are indexed for search morphing and the branding/trademark issue subsiding as DN's are less in the forefront of a brand and become what they represent (to servers)... name space. It is being discussed by the House Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition and the Internet. You can check out a the Mark Monitor blog for more info.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lampet View Post
    I don't know what the technology will be that replaces domain names
    It's not a technology that's replacing them, it's lack-of-clue

    Almost 1/3rd of internet users don't even know what an address bar is !
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    I do not see domains going away. And as far as .com becoming obsolte, I don't think so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sterankofan18 View Post
    as far as .com becoming obsolte, I don't think so.
    How .com will be perceived will change as Google (and other well known entities) apply and receive their own TLD(s). The name space popularity currently enjoyed by those with .com name space will begin to diminish. Not over night folks... but something has to change with name space for it to work better. So, if you have a website that does FOREX... look to see if .forex is in the accepted applicants this October. After that, to avoid initial trademark issues, the owners of FOREX trademarks will be given priority. What is important here is that future searches of FOREX related websites will have their own name space. It would be logical that ICANN would (eventually) regulate the use of name space for what the TLD intended use is. The cost for a .forex domain is likely to be high... maybe in the thousands per year. If an entity is spending 500k to get the .forex domain going the first year, the ROI looks pretty good

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    We are all blind to the future.
    But come to think of it? IP addresses.
    Of course dedicated IP's, simple digits without extensions.
    The answer is in symbols not names, getting that unique identity.

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    yes, you are very true. Its a big industry and growing every hour with new ideas and technology.

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    I don't see an end for domain names in my lifetime, and I know I am going to live quite long.

    Domain name industry is still going strong, so make hay when sun shines.

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    without .com, we'll lost the virtual world, hence, back to gameboy era or stone age
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    Domains will go the way of the radio... something new will come along and boom... we will slowly use that. If I knew what the new technology was, I'd not be typing this... I'd be out getting my new Maybach.

    1st guess: Just like radio, I don't see domains going away... I think domains will live side by side of the new technology and slowly be replaced.

    2nd guess: I could see us reverting back (yes, back) to an AOL type use of the net in the distant future. How many sites do we visit now? Most people visit? I could see Verizon allowing their users only to see "x" sites for "X" amount per month. A domainer would have to pay verizon for access... even then, a domain would not be needed, only a name or title. HD space would be so cheap, verizon would host the files.

    3rd guess: Domains keep going for the next 100 years at least... those greedy SOBs at ICANN will see to that... they will keep pushing out worthless .x domains in the hopes businesses will buy them. lol
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    Well, if you look at 1-800 numbers you can see that there are different types now. 1-888 for example. The actual value of a good 800 number has not really changed though. I would imagine domains will be the same.

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    Domain name maybe end but subdomain name never end. Nowadays people din mind much on domain name anymore. Because they believe that if they put effort on SEO, they also able to the top of page rank.
    Even now we can see that blogspot and tumbler subdomain also able to the top of page rank.

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    The expansion of namespaces

    I got a huge shock when I visited the europeregistry.com site. Check out all the domain extensions that are available now on their Domain Names page. (I can't post links yet, sorry)


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    I had an idea of something like this if domain names suddenly "Dried up"

    The format would be, nameorsomething/countrynumber.continent

    That would help people find sites for their country and bring loads of possibility's for businesses who have the same name as a business in, for example, a business in the UK is called Bob's Shop and he wants to register the domain bobsshop.com but another business in India already took it so now he has to buy something like bobshardwareshop.com which is longer, With my method I could be bobsshop/44.3 Which would be the country + continent code for the UK.

    Its just something I quickly thought of in my head.

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    doesn't seem like it will be replaced in the next 30 years at least.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dorkslayz View Post
    I had an idea of something like this if domain names suddenly "Dried up"

    The format would be, nameorsomething/countrynumber.continent
    Just like we currently have with ccTLDS
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    Quote Originally Posted by Orien View Post
    That's still a long ways off.
    Actually, it's already here. It's just not commercially viable, yet.
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    might happen but definitely not in our lifetime
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    By the way, some of my customers dont hold their domains much time, or the same email address much time. Maybe the niche for perdurable domains is for hobbiest ONG, greediest domainers and some legit business.

    Little business dont value much the capabilities of their domains(website, including the ones who have it background.
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    Domain names will remain for a long time.

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    If you got into the internet when the first consumer ISP launched in Australia, that was what, 6-7 years after DNS? And a good deal after the concept of machines having a mnemonic to refer to them with.

    I think they might turn out to be persistent little buggers.
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    As someone who has been involved in this industry for a long time I can say that the "usefulness" of domain names has reduced considerably because the way people find web content has changed.

    Two reasons:

    1. Only today I saw a bus ad for a Hollywood film with a Facebook address rather than a domain based address. This is the way things have moved.

    2. A lot of web traffic for sites about popular subjects comes from Google so the domain name is irrelevant for the end user.

    Where domain names still have a significant role is in Email, SEO (linked to #2 above) and for specialist informational content where people will get the address from printed material and type it in.
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    Domains will never go away unless the internet does, though im sure at one point in the future they will change.

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    There will be a bunch of new TLDs coming out soon, and after most of them fail, only the ones that end up having functional use will remain. Domains as a whole still have a long life. They may somehow become obsolete eventually, but not on the foreseeable future.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GordonH View Post
    2. A lot of web traffic for sites about popular subjects comes from Google so the domain name is irrelevant for the end user.
    True, but domain name can help your serp too.
    Plus imagine you get traffic from this--is--my--domain.com, but can your visitor remember it? Or do you expect him to search from google again to find your website?

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    I don't think domain names are going anywhere anytime soon either. Maybe one day, but not in our lifetime. I mean technology is moving pretty rapid, but what would the internet be w/o a domain name. It's like one of the most valuable & most needed assets on the web b/c w/o a domain there is no website, but who knows. I just think things will start to get pretty creative soon, but not non-existent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by othellotech View Post
    It's not a technology that's replacing them, it's lack-of-clue

    Almost 1/3rd of internet users don't even know what an address bar is !
    +1 Or they think Google is the address bar.
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    Domains names are here to stay atleast for now . But yes as the technology advances they might have some other alternative to domain names

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