Google is getting ready to launch Google Domains, where you can get a website, web hosting, and a website editor like Wix.com (which is very SEO-unfriendly, by the way). And, Google is pitching the purchase of a shiny, new gTLD (Top Level Domain). But, instead of calling them what they really are (gTLDs), Google describe them like this: [Read more…]
When it comes to playing by the new rules, Microsoft apparently has thrown in the towel. There apparently aren’t any new rules anymore. And Microsoft has decided, for whatever reason, that they don’t want to play by the new rules anymore. At least when it comes to domain names.
Of the 19 domain names that Microsoft has failed to renew in the past 24 hours, there are three that apparently Microsoft doesn’t want anymore. They haven’t renewed these names, meaning that you soon can “play by the new rules”: [Read more…]
Back in mid May, right after the European ruling came down related to the “right to remove” your details from Google, a mysterious domain name called CookieChoices.org was registered. The whois record showed that it was, in fact, owned by Google and pointed to their name servers. [Read more…]
Well, I find this kind of odd, to be honest with you. Facebook, who relies on Facebook promotions and ads for their revenue, failed to renew a domain name that they owned, FacebookPromotion.com.
There are reports that ICANN is now taking websites offline because of failures to verify ones’ email address. A popular website, JitBit.com, was recently taken offline because they failed to verify the site’s email address as listed in the whois record.
According to Jitbit.com, their website was offline for nearly 30 minutes, and showed the following:
I’ve written before about how Twitter, Facebook, and even recently how Google’s Gmail were or were not recognizing the new gTLD domain names as real domain names. Now today I have discovered that Apple’s iPhone email does not recognize the new gTLDs, as well. But it’s actually even worse with Apple: they don’t recognize .biz, .info, and .tv as real domain names, either!
IPhone email doesn't recognize gtlds either. Amazing. pic.twitter.com/H4yivvuAe8
— Bill Hartzer (@bhartzer) May 22, 2014
When I refer to these companies or their apps (or sites) not recognizing the new gTLDs, I am referring to the fact that when one of these domain names (e.g., billhartzer.expert) is listed in a post, a tweet, or in an email, the domain is (or isn’t) turned into a clickable link. I know this is a technicality, but these are real domain names, and if someone is going to buy one of these domain names and use it for their website, you have a right to expect that most apps and websites will recognize them as being “real”, just like .com or .net or .org. [Read more…]
As you know, I am a pretty big fan of the new Generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs) that are out, and even ones that have not been released to the general public yet. There are quite a few that I like, but then again there are some that I just don’t understand. So far, there has been a good response to them, and there have been some issues. For example, Twitter at first didn’t recognize the new gTLDs, but they later fixed that. What is concerning me, though, is that Gmail, so far, is NOT recognizing any of the new gTLDs that are out. Google Plus does recognize them, though. [Read more…]
In what looks to me like a possible response to the European Union’s ruling this week about the right to be forgotten, Google has just registered the domain name CookieChoices.org. I am going out on a limb here and speculating, but Google could use this website to inform the public about how to delete cookies and their private personal information.
Here’s the domain name whois for the CookieChoices.org domain name that Google has just registered:
AOL is reporting a serious security breach with their email service, which I believe is a wake-up call for a lot of us. This latest email security breach involved people trying to make email appear that they’re from people you recognize: to get you to click on a link. This has happened countless times with other services, including Yahoo! email accounts. [Read more…]