.icu has been growing quickly in the past couple of weeks. We took a deep dive into the numbers so that we could better understand where this completely organic growth was coming from and if there was anything we could learn from it.
.icu currently has more than 280k registrations from 55 registrars in more than 100 countries around the globe. Recently we have seen large orders coming in for LLLL, LLL, NNN, and NNNN .icu domains. We assume this is from the domain investor community but because of WHOIS privacy and GDPR it is impossible to be sure.
By the numbers (accurate as of 12/31/2018):
Chinese 'Chips' - Does not contain a,e,I,o,u,v
As you can see there are quite a few possibilities left if you are looking to register any of the above combinations. As a registry, we look at numbers for registrations like these because they are a good indicator of how different customer segments are accepting a new domain extension like .icu. We are just under seven months old and, based on the above numbers, are seeing quite a bit of interest from domain investors.
Lars Jensen and Kevin Kopas at the .icu Launch Party during the ICANN GDD event in Vancouver, May 2018
.icu has now been live and available for end-user registration for 90 days. And we have some milestones to talk about!
64,000 Registrations – We now have over 64k registrations! This equates to more than 700 domains registered every day! We have set up www.InTheWild.icu for you to see how people are using these names. There are so many use cases for .icu domains and it is easy to see that the openness and accessibility of the extension are paying off. We love watching registrations come in to see what new and creative ideas people have for .icu domains.
50th Largest New Domain Extension – .icu is now the 50th largest domain extension on the planet! Sure there are older extensions that have millions of registrations however given the fact that .icu is just three months old this is a huge achievement! We check the site www.namestat.org which analyzes new create data for all registries and ranks them based on daily and overall numbers. Putting this number in perspective; there are over 1000 new domain extensions (not counting country code and legacy extensions).
82 Countries – .icu has registrations in 82 countries. We have always said that .icu is language agnostic making it the perfect global domain. People around the planet are noticing .icu, shorthand for I See You, and they get it. Folks are registering .icu because they like that it is short, accessible, and global.
Live Sites – One of the most important metrics when evaluating a new domain extension’s success is the number of live sites or end users that have actually built something on their domain.
Key categories where we are seeing development:
Cryptocurrencies – There are quite a few crypto blogs, news sites, and pricing platforms already launched. There is even a new crypto coin that is using a .icu name at www.lumo.icu. Additionally, there are blockchain startups starting use our extension, one is Vestige.icu, which is using blockchain to improve food traceability. To see more live .icu cryptocurrency sites visit
Personal Sites – People are consolidating their social media profiles, building personal and professional profiles and showing off their talents with .icu names. Great examples of personal sites can be found at link.icu/HOdg8
Internet Tools – One of our initial plans was to create a link shorter using a .icu name because of how short it is, recently an end user launched www.link.icu and we are using that for all of our links now! See more internet tools developed on .icu domains at link.icu/YL40C
Another great indicator of live sites is the Alexa ranking. Amazon maintains a list of the top million sites in the world and right now there are 99 .icu domains on that list. That may seem like a small number but it puts .icu in the 92nd percentile of all other domain extensions with Alexa ranked sites.
Trademark Clearing House Claims Period Ends – TMCH is a system mandated by ICANN that makes trademark holders aware when someone else registers a domain that contains one of their trademarks. For the first 90 days of a domain extensions launch registrars are required to notify the registrant that they are registering a domain and then notify the trademark holder that the name has been registered. It is important to note that this does not take any ownership away from the registrant if they maliciously register a trademarked term but more to notify the registrant that it could be an issue. As of 90 days this notification requirement is gone. If registrants register trademarked names they may still be open to legal repercussions however with the notification requirement gone it makes it a little easier to register names. For more info about TMCH visit ICANN’s page or the official TMCH site.
An example of this? As the .icu registry we use the domain www.now.icu, this was a name that we needed for registry use. When we registered it through RRP Proxy the trademark owner was notified that we registered it. We aren’t using it in an infringing manner so are able to continue owning it.
We are excited that all of the above had been achieved in just 90 days of launch and we can’t wait to see where the next 90 days and beyond take us. In the next few months, you can find the .icu team at a few international events. We will be at Merge (Orlando, Florida), Cloud Data Expo (Singapore), and ICANN (Barcelona). If you are interested In learning more about .icu please reach out to us at sales[at]nic.icu and we would be more than happy to introduce you to the extension, go over our plans and see how we can work together.
Thanks for your support!
All stats, references, and links were accurate at the time of publishing.
https://nic.icu/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/kevin-lars1210-423.jpg7732210Kevin Kopashttps://nic.icu/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/logo.pngKevin Kopas2018-08-29 08:16:022018-08-29 11:13:25It Has Been Three Months Since .icu Launched, and We're Rocking It!
English.icu was registered today and that got us thinking… What other language.icu names are still available for registration.
We went over to (http://www.asimolinguistics.com/top-rank-100-languages-world/) and pulled a list of the top 50 languages on the planet. Here are the languages, their country of origin, an approximate number of people that speak that language and the domain availability.
Spoiler alert! There are TONS of options for you! If you’re a teacher, an anthropologist trying to save a language, someone creating a blog or just have an idea for a new website that is language specific there is bound to be a name here that will fit your plan.
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The .icu registry is happy to announce that domain investors can now list their names for sale using the globally recognized Sedo sales platform. Sedo is a global leader for aftermarket domain sales.
While we hope to see usage on the .icu domain extension, it is also important for a registry to foster a healthy aftermarket sales space. Some of our existing live sites include: WTFSkins.icu, Travel.icu, CUInThe.icu, UpInTheAir.icu. As more names are registered, they will eventually be sold on the aftermarket leading to more live websites with .icu names. The possibilities to the left of the dot are truly endless!
As investors list .icu names on Sedo we expect to begin to see aftermarket sales similar to other new top level domain extensions.
A list of their recently reported sales can be found at NameBio.com
Here is a video showing you how to list names for sale on Sedo.
https://nic.icu/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/icu-live-at-sedo-1-e1528863534951.jpg5301000Kevin Kopashttps://nic.icu/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/logo.pngKevin Kopas2018-06-13 04:23:142018-06-13 06:03:24.icu Names Can Now Be Listed For Sale At Sedo!
.icu is excited to announce that we are starting a Brand Ambassador Program!
.icu is launching Brand Ambassador program. World most successful private entrepreneurs are representing the core mission of .icu which is Global, Successful and Visible.
Our brand ambassadors are giving global visibility to .icu and promoting our pioneer program. Brand ambassadors drive results through the communication in social media and hosting .icu in offline events and trade shows.
Apart from giving the visibility to .icu our brand ambassadors program is designed to inspire motivated entrepreneurs, expand networks and global exposure of .icu community, and increase deal-flow between entrepreneurs and their customers.
Our Brand Ambassadors are world leaders – the most successful businesspeople who lead by example and illustrate .icu values. Our Brand Ambassadors empower .icu community to become leaders and rally around a shared passion for running a successful business 24/7.
.icu will be utilizing CentralNic as our technical backend service provider. Our team of industry veterans constantly thinks about registrars and how we can make life easier for them. The domain market is filled with extensions, service providers, hosting companies and more. At .icu we know that registrars are inundated with all of these distractions while trying to run a profitable business in an industry where margins are constantly being stressed.
While there are plenty of very good backend service providers we chose to go with CentralNic for a few key reasons.
First, registrars tend to love them! The onboarding process from when a registrar signs the .icu registry/registrar agreement (RRA) to when the domain extension is actually live on a registrars sales system is very short. Our RRA is very straightforward and is available in the CentralNic control panel. With the simple click of a box for the RRA and some onboarding testing of the api calls registrars are all set!
The other main reason for our choice of CentralNic was that they are great to work with from a registry side. Not everyone is super familiar with how a registry works but we know! There are quite a few moving parts that we must work into our day to day business. Weather it is an ICANN request, planning travel to one of the industry events, helping registrars position our extension or one of the million other tasks we have it is important that we have a stable backend that is there to scale as we grow and can work with us along the way.
If you are a registrar interested in selling .icu domains click here to submit a request or simply login to your CentralNic control panel and add us!
https://nic.icu/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/server-room.jpg6861029Kevin Kopashttps://nic.icu/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/logo.pngKevin Kopas2018-02-13 21:58:552018-03-20 04:32:35.icu Contracts with CentralNic to Provide Technical Backend
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