I am a collector of fun internet domain names, and if a new top-level domain becomes available, and if I’m in a funky enough mood to grab it, I can stake a new claim of life in a country beyond the borders of the USA. I recently purchased Boles.co and Boles.me as new pointers to my main Boles.com domain. Bite.me was already registered.
I purchase domains to protect my interest and to preserve my brand. Since I am my own brand, I tend to focus more on getting the right domains for my last name. I don’t buy everything. I only buy what intrigues me. Having the .com for Boles is a good stake from which everything else spins and points.
BolesEye.com is also a new domain acquisition — and I bought that domain name because it was a fun wordplay and might serve a future project. I also own iBoles.com — and iJanna.com! — just to prove, in public, my Apple FanBoi rapture.
The new .co domain is based in Colombia — no, I’m not worried about world instability or international censorship and losing the domain since it’s just a pointer — and you might recognize the .com domain as the default URL shortener for Twitter:
The .me domain is based in Montenegro and it is also new and interesting because WordPress.com uses WP.me as their URL shortening service. Facebook uses FB.me as their URL shortening service. Yahoo! uses Me.me — “meme,” get it? Ugh. Gag.me — and Go Daddy, uses go.me as their URL shortcut.
As these new domains continue to pop up and poke on the internet, those of use with a store of .com domains will do well to keep them held tightly to the chest because — as each day passes, the number of usable .com domains dwindles — and the added value of established .com domain names continues to grow in the marketplace.