Everybody can relax, the .com era isn't over, not that GoDaddy could end it by itself anyway. Even so, when GoDaddy switched its default choice for new registrants from .com to .co, some saw it as a sign that the .com well had officially dried up.
With over 90 million .com destinations littering the Web, it's definitely tougher than ever coming up with an awesome domain name that isn't already taken. This is where .co comes into play, and with GoDaddy providing around half of all domain registrations, switching to .co as the new default option could be viewed as a huge win for the 'alternative' domain extension.
And it was, for all of 24 hours, DomainNameWire reports. The switch to .co as the default choice turned out to be one of GoDaddy's many tests. By the end of the weekend, GoDaddy had switched back to .com, although .co now sits directly below as the No. 2 option.
Last week GoDaddy began selling top-level .me domains for the first time ever, and it didn't take long for thousands of registrants to pounce on the newly available naming scheme. The frenzy started immediately after opening registration and according to GoDaddy, in the first 24 hours it "registered more than 20,000 .me names, making it the most successful new domain launch" in the company's history.
As previously reported, the launch wasn't without its technical difficulties as GoDaddy found its servers temporarily overwhelmed, resulting in a few customers purchasing domain names that already belonged to someone else. Those customers were refunded, but still left without a domain name. Perhaps you're one of them, and if so, here's a list of domain names that have not yet been taken:
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Now open to the general public, GoDaddy has begun selling top-level .me domains. As expected, response so far has been tremendous, even more so than GoDaddy anticipated. Mashable reports that several people are claiming to have registered Aweso.me, representing an apparent glitch from the massive amount of orders being put in during the digital domain gold rush phase. GoDaddy is aware of problem, saying:
"We knew the .ME Open Registration response would be tremendous, but it went beyond even what we had expected. As a result, we experienced some system issues in our communication with the registry.
As soon as we became aware of the issue we bagan taking steps to correct it. It is now resolved.
For our customers, if we did not successfully register the domain name requested they will receive a full refund. "
The new domains run $20/yr with a 2-year minimum purchase, and they're going fast. It's too late to register John, Paul, or Mary.me, along with many other common names, but if you're quick you can still snag HoorayFor.Me, which is what you might be heard saying if you manage to find any good ones that are still left.