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China Drops In Domain Registrations From #2 To #4 38

Posted by Soulskill
from the displaced-spammers dept.
darthcamaro writes "A year ago, it looked like the .cn country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD) for China was growing so fast that it would displace .com. In 2010 that's no longer the case, as .cn has dropped from being the number two global domain by registrations to number four. And yes, .com is still number one. According to VeriSign, the top 10 list of TLDs in the first quarter was: .com, .de, .net, .cn, .uk, .org, .info, .nl, .eu and .ru. So why did .cn decline? Spammers. 'Many of these are low-priced promotional names that have now come up for renewal at a higher price,' said Pat Kane, vice president of naming services at VeriSign. 'The .cn registration decline was also based on the CNNIC (China Internet Network Information Center) registry's implementation of the real names directive from the Chinese government primarily around verifiable "whois" data.'"
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China Drops In Domain Registrations From #2 To #4

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  • .nl? (Score:3, Interesting)

    by KDR_11k (778916) on Sunday June 13, 2010 @10:48AM (#32556810)

    What's .nl doing there? I doubt it has to do with a high number of internet users in the Netherlands so why areall these registrations happening?

    • Re: (Score:1, Informative)

      by Anonymous Coward

      extreme porn

    • Re:.nl? (Score:4, Informative)

      by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 13, 2010 @10:54AM (#32556842)

      Yes, it does, our little country has one of the highest rates of internet usage. That is, not only connections, but active usage of it's facilities.

      • Actually, The Netherlands really do have one of the highest percentage of population who use internet on a daily basis.
      • by Nick Fel (1320709)
        10 years ago when I was using chat rooms a lot I recall there being a disproportionate number of Dutch users about.They all had DSL connections too, at a time when ISDN was still considered a bit posh in the UK. Still, big LOLs for whoever tagged that as funny.
      • Judging by all the DVD rips with Dutch subtitles, Dutch is basically the official language of the internet.
    • by MrMr (219533)
      Probably partly because it's the oldest ccTLD. It also has a good standing for (local) business use, as it has been around and used in radio ads since the 80's.
      • by xaxa (988988)

        Wikipedia claims it's the oldest [citation needed] with a date in 1986, but says that .uk was around in 1985.

        (Per capita .uk is presumably less popular than .nl, since .com is very often used in the UK.)

  • by damn_registrars (1103043) <damn.registrars@gmail.com> on Sunday June 13, 2010 @11:02AM (#32556874) Homepage Journal
    The claim of

    China Drops In Domain Registrations

    Is not supported by the data in the summary. While the .cn domain is for China, there is no restriction against people from any country registering in .com.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    The article has this quote:
    ".com has been a platform for Internet innovation over the past 25 years, and we expect .com will continue to play a central role for the innovators, entrepreneurs and companies who will shape the Internet over the next 25 years"

    Interesting comment, since it has become virtually impossible to register any catchy names these days. Try imagining a name for a company or service. Make up somethng random. Chances are, it will not be available.
    Sure .com will continue to play an importan

  • by Anonymous Coward

    The newly implement CNNIC policy no longer allows individuals to register .cn domains. To qualify, you must show your business license, business seal, and personal ID to the registrar. All existing domains can be audited retroactively. Some additional background can be found at http://lastwatchdog.com/china-noteworthy-steps-improve-cybersecurity/

  • by paiute (550198) on Sunday June 13, 2010 @11:39AM (#32557068)

    'Many of these are low-priced promotional names that have now come up for renewal at a higher price,' said Pat Kane, vice president of naming services at VeriSign.

    (Adam Savage voice on)
    Well, there's your problem right there.
    (Adam Savage voice off)

  • Why is .net so popular? It was originally intended only for ISPs, and the ISP industry has since consolidated. Then it became an alternative to .com when the desired .com name was taken. I would have thought .org would have been more popular than .net.
    • Well, if it's not a commercial site, and you're not an organization, what's left?

      • Re: (Score:2, Informative)

        by maxwell demon (590494)

        Well, if it's not a commercial site, and you're not an organization, what's left?

        • .us (or another country domain, if you are from another country)
        • .name (if you want to use your real name)
        • .info (you certainly plan to put some information there, right?)
        • by nullchar (446050)

          You have to think about Joe Sixpack (or the equivalent of a recent Internet user) first typing in _____.com, then .net, then .org (or perhaps even .org over .net). Unfortunately for domain owners, the other top level domains will not be tried; instead the user will attempt a search.

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