“.ME” Domain Names to be Managed by GoDaddy

By on January 18, 2008

Update: .ME Domains open to public Today at 11AM!

There has been alot of buzz surrounding the release and questionable launch date of the .ME top level domain. Well, we don’t have an official launch date just yet, but can confirm it will be later in 2008! GoDaddy.com announced in a press release today that they have won the bid to manage the new .ME ccTLD.

Insight into the Value of .ME

  • Will not be restricted, anyone in the world can claim one.
  • GoDaddy will use its marketing muscle to globally promote it.
  • Many languages contain the word “me” with various catchy meanings.
  • Huge branding potential for English speaking countries.
  • All registrars will be invited to resell the .ME extension.

Alongside GoDaddy, Afilias Global Registry Services will have oversight of the domain. Afilias is a highly respected organization which also manages the .INFO and .ORG registries.

“To take full advantage of .ME, it needs to be properly promoted and properly managed. We have an unparalleled track record in promoting domain names and keeping customers happy. Afilias has an impeccable record when it comes to managing domain extensions. We offer the complete package to catapult .ME into the International mainstream.”

Bob Parsons
Founder & CEO
GoDaddy.com

In September, DotSauce reported here that ICANN approved a request for assigning the .ME domain to the country of Montenegro, which declared independence from Yugoslavia (.YU) in 2006.

If you are looking to branch out from your .COM investments into something that will retain and increase in value over time, you will want to seriously consider composing a list of potential .ME domains to register.

With the launch of any new domain extension there will be a sunrise grace period for companies with certified trademarks to claim their respective domain names.

Get ready for a huge land rush on launch date. DotSauce will keep you updated with any developing information, we too are actively interested in this extension.

What do you think of the potential brandability of the .ME domain? Do you plan on registering some when the registry opens?

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Mark is the Founder of DotSauce Magazine and a full time web developer, domain investor, SEO and online marketing professional residing in North Carolina, USA. Visit MarkFulton.com for information on freelance website development, SEO and consultation services.