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Quick Way Out Of a Relationship – Give A Domain To Your Valentine. .ME Doesn’t Think So!

Dot ME logoI don’t know about you, but I reckon if I turned up on Valentine’s Day with a domain name as a gift for a beloved, I would get short shrift and be shown the door! But the .ME Registry thinks otherwise and is trying to entice people to give their loved one “personalised gift cards for the purchase of .ME domain names.”

And if that’s not enough to entice you, “the registry will host a three-day, ‘cheesy’ Valentine Twitter contest. Ten participants will win a free .ME domain and the opportunity to be featured on the .ME blog.”

Explaining it further, the registry says “this Valentine’s Day, the .ME Registry has partnered with ME-net, Montenegro’s leading registrar, to offer gift cards. The process is simple: shoppers can purchase digital gift cards from TheGiftOf.ME and email them to their loved ones. Recipients can then visit the site, select the .ME domain they want and start building their online presence.”

“To celebrate this holiday, on 30 January, 6 February and 13 February, followers of the official .ME Twitter account will have the chance to participate in the #MyCheesyValentine Twitter contest by tweeting funny, witty and unconventional Valentine’s Day greetings. The .ME team will select ten winners, who will be awarded a free .ME domain name registration for one year. Complete rules are posted here.”

“We love the sentiment behind this special day and are thrilled to be sharing love and laughs through our Twitter contest this Valentine’s Day,” said Predrag Lesic, CEO of the .ME Registry. “Our hope is to showcase the creativity of our wonderful community and give people the opportunity to surprise their loved ones with a gift as unique as the person they love – a dot-ME domain name.”

I think the gift is definitely unique! But would you really give a domain name to a loved one, unless they were, say, a domainer? Go on, prove me wrong!

CENTR Releases European Domain Name Statistics Report

The latest CENTR Domain Wire Stat Report shows that Montenegro (.me), Serbia (.rs) and Slovakia (.sk) are the European countries with the highest market share of the local ccTLD with 99 percent, 90 percent and 87 percent respectively.This means that in Montenegro, 99 percent of all domain names registered in the country across all top level domains are .me domains.The biannual report covers a wide number of statistics for Europe, such as there are 61.7 million country code domain names registered in Europe which is around a quarter of the 245 or so million domain names registered globally.And the European ccTLD with the highest growth rate is .pt (Portugal), but this is largely because registration policies for the ccTLD were liberalised earlier this year. And across Europe, two in five (40%) domain names are registered by individuals, while the remaining three in five are registered for commercial purposes. Plus the average length of a domain name is 11.2 characters and the top three registrars account for 45 percent of all European registrations.The report includes a list of the top 20 ccTLDs globally, which is headed by .de (Germany) with, as of the end of September, had 15.2 million registrations. There followed .tk (Tokelau – 10.83m) and .uk (United Kingdom – 10.24m).Within the top 20 list, the highest growth (year on year) has been achieved by .cn (China) at around 26.6 percent, partly due to changes in registration requirements. Second was .co (Columbia) with an increase of 25.1 percent, then .ru (Russia – 16%) .fr (France – 16%) and .br (Brazil – 15%). The median growth of the top 20 ccTLDs year-on-year was 11.5 percent.And IDN ccTLDs make up around 0.40 percent of the roughly 245 million domain names registered around the world, with the largest being .рф – the IDN ccTLD for the Russian Federation – with around 840,000 registrations.To download the complete Domain Wire Stat Report, go to centr.org/news/statistics/12-03-2012/2462/domainwire-stat-report-available.

.ME Announces 5 Day Social Media Contest And Win Free Domain Rego

Dot ME logo[news release] Get ready to get social. The .ME Registry, operator of the .ME domain name extension, the most personal domain around, today announced the “You are Not a .com, You are a .ME” social media contest. The contest will run from Sept. 17-21. All participants who take part on a daily basis will receive a complimentary, one year .ME domain name registration. Three grand prize winners will receive a Canon EOS Rebel T3 Camera. The .ME Registry will announce grand prize winners on Twitter during the week of Oct. 1.

Thousands of .ME domain names are registered every month as an alternative to .com by people who want to show the world that they are a person, not a corporation,” said Predrag Lesic, CEO of the .ME Registry. “We invite people everywhere to join us on Twitter for a chance to secure their preferred .ME domain name before it’s taken by someone else.”

A .ME domain name is the Web address for people who want to stand out on the Internet and is a great way to promote a blog or Website. People and organizations worldwide have registered .ME domain names to humanize Web content and make their sites personal. Additionally, .ME domain names are commonly used as part of search engine optimization (SEO), online reputation management and Web branding strategies. Check the availability of and purchase a .ME domain name at www.Domain.Me.
Entering the “You are Not a .com, You are a .ME” contest is as easy as following .ME on Twitter and re-tweeting the .ME contest tweet daily throughout the contest period. Everyone who follows .ME on Twitter and re-tweets the contest tweet once a day will receive a complimentary .ME domain name registration. Grand prize winners will be selected from the pool of all participants. Complete rules are posted on the .ME website here.

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.ME Fastest Growing European ccTLD Shows Centr Report

The Montenegrin ccTLD .ME is the fastest growing of all European ccTLDs while there are there are roughly 59 million domain names registered in Europe the latest Centr DomainWire Stat Report shows.The report for the first half of 2012 contains a wealth of statistics including that 40 per cent of all domain names registered in Europe are for private purposes while 60 per cent are for business.There is also the average length of a domain name – 11.2 characters.The ccTLD with the highest number of domain names per person in Europe is.LI (Lichtenstein) with 192 domains per 100 people living in the country followed by .ME with 86 domains per 100 people. Third is .NL (Netherlands), which is the first of the larger ccTLDs with 28 domains per 100 people. Rounding out the top ten are .CH (Switzerland – 28), .DK (Denmark – 21), .DE (Germany – 18), .UK (United Kingdom – 16) and then .AT (Austria), .LU (Luxembourg) and .SE (Sweden), each with 13 domains registered per 100 inhabitants.The report also lists the top 20 ccTLDs globally using figures as of the end of April. The top ten are .DE first with over 15 million registrations, followed by .UK (10.09m), .NL (4.92), .RU (Russian Federation – 3.79), .EU (European Union – 3.60), .CN (China – 3.35), .BR (Brazil – 2.89), .AR (Argentina – 2.49), .AU (Australia – 2.40) and .IT (Italy – 2.39).To download the Centr report and check out many more statistics including on domain name renewal rates and world internet usage, go to https://www.centr.org/DomainWire_Stat_Report_2012_1.

Sedo and .ME Registry Partner To Auction Premium .ME Domains

Sedo logo[news release] Sedo, the leading online domain marketplace and monetization provider, today announced an exclusive auction of premium .ME domain names. The .ME top level domain (TLD) has become a primary alternative to .com, and a distinctive way to promote your business or build your online brand. The .ME domain name extension has been used by both start-ups and established companies alike to support their online marketing efforts.

Sedo has successfully brokered the sale of more than 1,000 .ME domain names, totaling more than $2 million U.S. dollars, including such premier names as Business.Me for $40,000, and online website sharing platform Join.Me for $45,000. Global brands such as Facebook (FB.Me), Porsche (Porsche.Me) and Yahoo (ME.Me) have also taken advantage of the .ME domain name extension, but with a wide range of prices and a unique selection of premium .ME domain names, companies of any size can reap the benefits of this memorable, personalized TLD.

Running in partnership with the .ME Registry, the auction begins on May 26, 2012 and runs until May 31, 2012. The auction will include a wide range of prices and a unique selection of premium .ME domain names such as:

  • LosAngeles.Me
  • Singles.Me
  • Camera.Me
  • DVD.Me
  • Tunes.Me
  • Airline.Me
  • Apartments.Me

The complete list of .ME domain names available for auction on Sedo.com can be found at sedo.com/ME.

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.ME Turns Three With Over Half Million Registrations

Dot ME logoIt is now three years since the relaunch of the ccTLD for Montenegro, .ME, and they are celebrating with over 530,000 registrations in 200 countries.

“In that time, the dot-ME domain has transitioned from one country’s Web identity to the most effective personal domain name extension in the world,” says Predrag Lesic, Executive Director of the .ME Registry. “Dot-ME has truly ‘gone global,’ having registered more than 530,000 domains in 200 countries.”

The popularity of the ccTLD in English-speaking countries was not unexpected given the popular use of the word “me”. American registrations account for more than half (52.92%) of .ME registrations while another 7.68 per cent of registrants are located in the United Kingdom. Then comes German (3.82%), Canada (3.81%) and Japan (3.63%).

But, it is the percentage of .ME growth quarter-to-quarter and year-to-year that proves the domain is a consistent top choice among persons and companies looking to be sure their web address stands out from the crowd. During the Registry’s last fiscal year (July 2010-June 2011), the registration of .ME domains grew by 27 per cent; which, according to VeriSign’s May 2011 Domain Name Industry Brief, is more than three times the average industry increase during the report’s measured 12-month period (7.9%).

.ME has also become extraordinarily popular recently for its value in the world of mobile apps and as a URL shortener for some of the world’s biggest companies, such as WordPress (WP.Me), Facebook (FB.Me), Yahoo (ME.Me), VKontakte (VK.Me) and Time Magazine (TI.Me).

“Some might argue that dot-ME has put the young country of Montenegro in a worldwide spotlight,” notes Lesic. “We certainly are proud of dot-ME’s international presence and of the Registry’s accomplishments in successfully marketing the domain for its value, simplicity and brand presence online.”

Europe Registry logoTo register your .ME domain name, check out Europe Registry here.

400,000 .ME Domains Registered in 2 Years

Dot ME logo[news release] Just two years after the world first heard of Montenegro’s top-level domain, .ME, more than 400,000 .ME domains have been registered. Several by some of the biggest names on the Internet — including Facebook, Yahoo, WordPress, Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment. These companies have snapped up .ME domains to draw attention to their online products and services.
“In every case, dot-ME naturally draws the online audience in with a call-to-action, a catchy phrase or by creating a simple and abbreviated destination domain,” notes Predrag Lesic, CEO of the .ME Registry. “FB.Me is a perfect example. These four letters link mobile users with Facebook in a simple, efficient way”.

WordPress did the same thing, creating WP.Me as its URL shortener, so the website’s hundreds of thousands of blogging members can easily connect friends and fans to their writings.

One of the best fits of the year is Despicable.Me. This website was originated by Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment to promote this summer’s much-anticipated 3-D CGI feature, Despicable Me, which opens in theaters July 9. Online at Despicable.Me, fans who have been watching trailers in theaters and on television for months, can learn more about the animated film starring Steve Carell, Jason Segel, Miranda Cosgrove and legendary actress Julie Andrews.

Many more online entrepreneurs are finding .ME to be an ideal destination domain. Fits.Me, for instance, is a virtual fitting room clothing companies can use to help their customers determine how a piece of clothing will fit individual bodies.

More and more interested parties worldwide can appreciate the intrinsic value of a .ME domain. In fact, more than a quarter-of-a-million dollars in call-to-action, catch phrase and personal .ME domains were sold at auction in May, including Trade.Me for more than $18,500 and Smith.Me for $5,100.

For other examples and articles about the many clever uses of .ME, visit ExploreTheWorldOf.Me.

To learn more about the .ME Registry, developing a .ME business idea through non-auction allocation of a .ME domain, or to find out how to register a .ME domain, go to www.Domain.Me.

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Europe Registry logoTo register your .ME domain name, check out Europe Registry here.

Applications for the .ME reaching 30,000

30,000 applications have arrived to date for the registration of Montenegrin Internet domain .ME, the domain company have announced.

The company announced that the next round of registration, functioning on a first-come, first-serve basis, would start on July 17, during which all available domains would be awarded to the first bidders that meet required conditions.

The General Sunrise Period began in May, when only trademark owners could have applied for their .ME domain. .ME domain names that receive more than one application will be awarded through an auction process. .ME is expected to be utilized as a personalized Web address and as a catchy business marketing tool around the world. The .ME Landrush (pre-registration) period began in early June, and Open Registration is set to begin on a first-come, first-served basis in mid-July. Two-year minimums are required on all .ME domain names registered during the Landrush and initial Open Registration periods.

The complete .ME registration schedule is as follows:

* May 6 to May 20: General Sunrise Period. During this time, anyone with a trademark is eligible to apply for a .ME domain.

* May 20 to June 6: Quiet Period. The registry will be closed to registrars. Sunrise auctions will begin for names that were bid on by multiple parties. .ME domain names that receive only one application will be awarded.

* June 6 to June 26: Landrush. This was the first opportunity for the public at large to apply. Anyone who doesn’t have a trademark, but is interested in a specific .ME domain, can apply during this period. This is also when Sunrise challenges begin.

* June 26 to July 15: Quiet Period. During this time, the registry is closed to registrars. Names for which there was only one application during the Landrush Period are allocated. Landrush auctions will begin for names that received multiple applications.

* July 17: Open Registration. Domain names are registered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Original article : http://www.themontenegrotimes.com/mnt/20080707741/Business/30000-applications-for-.ME-domain.html