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Four domain name panels on the ballot for SXSW

August 27, 2012domain names, Domaining, Domainnamewire, new tlds, sxsw, UncategorizedComments Off on Four domain name panels on the ballot for SXSW

Topics range from new TLDs to government interference.

SXSW Interactive 2013SXSW 2013 is more than six months away, but there are just a few days left to vote for which panels you want to see. The SXSW Panel Picker closes August 31.

I discovered four domain name related panels in the panel picker. Here they are, along with a link to their full description.

New Domains Have Landed – Now What!?
Speaker: Jeremiah Johnston, Sedo

Jeremiah Johnston gave a “Future 15″ presentation on new TLDs this year. Now that the applications have been submitted he hopes to return this year with an update.

.JOBS, The SEO Hotshot: Multiple Domain Recruiting
Speaker: Nancy Holland DirectEmployers Association

DirectEmployers Association is trying to pimp the .jobs domain name with its own session at SXSW. It looks more like a sales pitch than an education session, and it isn’t the type of session that usually makes the final cut at SXSW.

Protect Digital Assets Against Government Seizure
Speakers: Charles Mudd Mudd Law Offices, David Snead David S. Snead, Julie Samuels Electronic Frontier Foundation

A discussion about government domain name seizures, who’s at risk of having it happen, and how it occurs.

How You Will Get Hacked Ten Years From Now
Speaker: Alex Stamos, Artemis

Artemis is an applicant for the .secure domain name. It wants to talk about how the release of hundreds of new top level domain names will lead to increased threats of fraud, spam, and malware — making it easier for you to get hacked. This could be good as long as they don’t pitch their .secure bid.


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Observations from a Brief Trip to SXSW

March 16, 2010Domaining, Domainnamewire, sxsw, UncategorizedComments Off on Observations from a Brief Trip to SXSW

A few random observations about SXSW Interactive.

SXSW 2010Since I live in Austin, I often take for granted the size and scope of the annual South by Southwest (SXSW) conference. There are essentially three conferences in one: Interactive (tech), Film, and Music. Starting last Friday, there will be tens of thousands of techies, film buffs, and music fans cycling through town. Heck, there will be close to 2,000 musical acts taking the stage over just a half of a week.

This year a number of domain name companies are taking part in the Interactive festival. Last night I ventured to Demand Media’s party and then had dinner with Brian Hall of Traverse Legal.

Here are a few of my observations, having been in Austin during SXSW for about 15 years.

1. The personality of the Interactive attendees is looking more and more like music attendees. Seriously, I feel kind of like a misfit with my lack of tattoos and no thick-framed glasses. Sometimes it’s difficult to tell the difference between techies and musicians.

2. Most interaction takes place on the mobile phone. With the advent of Twitter and Facebook, mobile phones are becoming more of a social crutch. When I walked into the Demand Media party last night, I’d estimate that about 25% of the people there were texting, tweeting, and updating their Facebook status instead of conversing with others. I imagine their updates were something like this: “At DemandMedia party, updating my status rather than meeting new people.”

Mobile phones are like the new cigarette. People used to smoke in bars as a social crutch; something to do. Now that they can’t smoke, they pull out their phones and act like they’re doing something really important. I’ve found myself doing this in the past, but am making an effort this year to leave it in my pocket.

3. Book your hotel early. If you ever make the trip to SXSW, book your hotel early. Like 6 months early. Many of my friends figured this out the hard way, and are staying at “hourly” hotels on the outskirts of town.

4. We need to have a domainer meetup during SXSW next year. I’m already working on an Austin meetup on a UT football weekend this year. But I think a meetup during SXSW Interactive next year makes sense given the number of domain companies in town.


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Domain Companies Head to Austin for SXSW

March 8, 2010Domain Services, Domaining, Domainnamewire, sxsw, sxsw interactiveComments Off on Domain Companies Head to Austin for SXSW

Domain companies en route to Austin later this week.

SXSW 2010Several domain name companies are heading to Austin later this week for the start of the annual South by Southwest Music, Film and Interactive Festival. The Interactive portion of the event attracted over 10,000 attendees last year. Many stay in town for the music festival, which kicks off in the middle of next week. Although the interactive festival is big, music is a big draw: over 2,000 musical acts will play at 80 official venues next week, and many more unofficially.

So here’s who I know will be in town for SXSW 2010:

DirectNIC – domain registrar will have a booth at the Interactive trade show. Swing by booth 932 to say ‘hi’.

Name.com – will be at the show

Demand Media – the company has a big contingent in Austin, thanks to its acquisition of Pluck

Traverse Legal – one of the attorneys at Traverse Legal, which handles a number of domain name cases, will be here

If you’re with a domain name company and heading to Austin for SXSW, feel free to leave a comment.


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