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Apple begins forwarding iPad3.com to its web site — and it’s tracking it, too

July 12, 2012apple, Domaining, Domainnamewire, ipad, ipad3.com, UncategorizedComments Off on Apple begins forwarding iPad3.com to its web site — and it’s tracking it, too

Apple smartly measures traffic to recently recovered domain name.

Late last month Apple filed a cybersquatting complaint over the domain name iPad3.com. Shortly after filing the complaint the owner of the domain acquiesced, giving the domain to Apple’s lawyers Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton.

For a while after the transfer to Apple’s lawyers the domain didn’t resolve at all. Now it forwards to the iPad page on Apple. Here’s the full URL I’m forwarded to when I enter the web address:

https://www.apple.com/ipad/?cid=oas-us-domains-ipad3.com

Notice the tracking code after the question mark? That means Apple is tracking the traffic it gets from this domain. It also means the company can determine what visitors who type in iPad3.com ultimately do at the site. Do they buy an iPad?

This information will help Apple in future domain name enforcement activity.

Tracking visitors from a recovered domain is surprisingly advanced for most companies. It’s amazing how few companies end up forwarding recovered domains to their own web site, let alone the right “part” of the web site. (Here, the iPad page instead of just Apple.com.) Heck, a good percentage of them end up letting recovered domains expire.


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iPad is No Domain Name Killer, Nor a Kindle Killer

June 17, 2010Domaining, Domainnamewire, ipad, UncategorizedComments Off on iPad is No Domain Name Killer, Nor a Kindle Killer

My thoughts after a couple days with the iPad.

iPad My wife bought an iPad for me for Father’s Day. She can’t keep a secret so she gave it to me as soon as it arrived in the mail. I’ve had a couple days to play with it, which has given me time to reflect on what apps might do to domain names.

So far I’m going to agree with Jason Fry. Basically, the apps that correspond to web sites are subpar at best, and the actual web sites suffice. Score one for navigating by domain names.

That’s not to say that companies won’t try to move traffic from their web sites to paid apps. When I visit Cardinals.com to get a score update, I can’t view the score. Instead I see a message asking me to download MLB’s $15 iPad app. This sort of bastardization of the web, courtesy of Apple’s own ideas of what makes the web good (e.g. no Flash), does not result in a good user experience. Nonetheless, if I want to see how the Cardinals are doing, I either need to go to ESPN.com or buy MLB’s app.

But most apps are from big web sites. That just means less traffic for typosquatters since users will directly navigate to the content via an app instead of (mis)typing the domain names.

The iPad isn’t a Kindle killer, either. The iPad is a poor choice for an eBook reader if you read full length books. Compared to the Kindle it’s much heavier and bigger, strains your eyes, and can’t be read in sunlight. If people use these to read books we’re going to have a whole generation of people with long term wrist injuries. That said, the iPad presents a much better experience for reading news, which could cut into Kindle’s revenue for periodical subscriptions.


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Domain Names, Not Apps, Rule on the iPad

May 17, 2010Domaining, Domainnamewire, ipad, UncategorizedComments Off on Domain Names, Not Apps, Rule on the iPad

Is the iPad changing how we consume web content?

iPadIn January I wrote a post about the iPad and how it could be bad for domainers. Devices such as the iPad seek to replace traditional web browsing with apps, thereby rendering the URL useless for accessing content.

Domain Name Wire reader Gavin sent over an interesting view from Jason Fry writing for Nieman Journalism Lab. After using the iPad for a couple weeks, Fry says that web browsing still rules on the iPad; it offers a better experience than apps:

After about a week of using the iPad, I started deleting apps, because the websites themselves were perfectly adequate. This is the reverse experience of the iPhone. On the iPhone, the browser was used only in emergencies, and apps ruled. On the iPad, at least for now, the opposite is true — the browser is superb, and renders many apps superfluous.

Granted, Fry’s reliance on the browser has a lot to do with the early state of most iPad apps. Over time app creators will figure it out, potentially making apps better than web browsing. But it begs the question: if I have a nice, 10″ screen for web browsing, why would I need an individual app for each news site?


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How the iPad Will Further Fragment the Web — and Learning from .Mobi

March 16, 2010Domaining, Domainnamewire, ipad, mobi, UncategorizedComments Off on How the iPad Will Further Fragment the Web — and Learning from .Mobi

iPad-friendly sites are a reminder of mobile-friendly web sites.

In January I wrote about how the iPad could be bad for domainers because it will change the way some people navigate the web. Today news of a different sort regarding the iPad and web sites has surfaced: NPR and The Wall Street Journal will show different versions of their web sites to iPad users.

At issue here is the iPad’s lack of support for flash, which both NPR and WSJ apparently use heavily on their sites.

When mobile web browsing picked up, the web split in two as sites were made for mobile or desktop browsing. Hence the idea of .mobi, a top level domain name that would only contain web content optimized for small screens. Web enthusiasts screamed that the idea fragments the web, and instead the focus should be on creating web sites that work well on both small and large screens.

Many years later its apparent that .mobi wasn’t needed because of device and browser recognition. If I visit an optimized site with my phone, it will serve up a mobile version of the site. I don’t need .mobi.

That’s the approach NPR and WSJ are taking. Do we need a .ipad domain? Of course not. Web sites can just serve a different page to someone visiting from an iPad.

It’s still not ideal — web designers shouldn’t need to optimize for several devices. And ‘app’ on the iPad will be like creating new web site for a different platform. Yet the hindsight of what happened with .mobi and the mobile web helps us see the path forward.


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Why Does the Press Insist on Quoting eBay Starting Prices for Domain Names?

March 15, 2010Domaining, Domainnamewire, ipad, UncategorizedComments Off on Why Does the Press Insist on Quoting eBay Starting Prices for Domain Names?

Press perpetuates silly domain prices and negative view of domain investing.

Perhaps it makes for easy filler. But why must the press always quote outlandish starting prices for domain names on eBay?

Whenever there’s a celebrity scandal, big news story, or product launch, it seems that many writers need something to grab onto that has a number in it.

“A seller is auctioning off TigerWoodScandalName.com starting at $1 million…”

“Someone has posted TastelessHaitiEarthquakeName.com on eBay for $100,000…”

The latest example is thanks to the iPad launch, courtesy of CNN Money/Fortune:

The big money, it would seem, is in iPad domain names — Web addresses that will presumably generate a lot of traffic if the device takes off. We counted 312 offerings, many for multiple sites. At least five have a Buy It Now sticker price of $21 million, including ipadsurfs.com and ipadinternetstore.com. There were no takers Sunday for stealtheipad.com ($1 million), ipad-hacks.ca ($3,000) or ghettoipads.com ($1,300). But internetipads.com had at least one bid — $10 from a veteran domain-name trader list as _***b.

No, the big money isn’t in iPad domains. Only the stupid money.

The problem with stories like this is some other idiot reads it and starts registering iPad related domain names with hopes of striking it rich. This makes the average person think that people who buy domain names are still just making money from buying trademarks, not generic domains.


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Top 5 Domain Name Wire Stories of January 2010

February 1, 2010Domaining, Domainnamewire, ipad, nexus one, rick latona, UncategorizedComments Off on Top 5 Domain Name Wire Stories of January 2010

A look back at the month in domaining.

Here are the top five stories on Domain Name Wire from January, ranked in order of traffic.

Google’s Brilliant Move: Not Buying NexusOne.com Domain Name – Why it makes sense that Google didn’t buy NexusOne.com prior to launching the “Google phone”.

The Biggest Loser: Taco Bell Loses Case for DriveThroughDiet.com Domain – Taco Bell tries to get domain name for “correct” spelling of Drive Thru Diet. Fails.

Why the iPad is Bad for Domainers – a controversial look at how apps and other technology could dent type-in traffic.

These UK Students Must Have a Big Budget to Buy Domain Names – domain purchase spammers
pose as UK students. Of course, they don’t honor their offers.

Rick Latona Puts AEIOU.com Up for Sale – after closing down minisite service, Rick Latona adds AEIOU.com to domain name auction.


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