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Over 1 Million .eu Domains and Counting

samzenpus posted more than 8 years ago | from the buy-them-up dept.

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gavint writes "In the first 12 hours since "Landrush" registration of .eu Domains begun at 11:00 CET, over 1 million have been registered. Predictions of .eu becoming the second biggest domain after .com look like they may become true, with Nominet being responsible for "over four million" .uk domains, the second biggest namespace. The UK initially led the way during Landrush but have since been overtaken by Germany, with over a quarter of all registered domains. Meanwhile many "Sunrise" period applications where businesses are able to protect domains where they hold a prior right remain unprocessed, although these domains cannot be registered yet during Landrush. Over 1,000 registration agents were only allowed one connection each to EURid's servers in order to prevent problems and ensure fairness."

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w0w (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15090252)

in other news.. i just took a shit that looks like Strom Thurmond

Re:w0w (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15090382)

Really? Mine looks like Cynthia McKinney. Wanna trade?

Finally. (1)

Your-a-Peein (957677) | more than 8 years ago | (#15090429)

My destiny has arrived.

Hmm (4, Funny)

Poromenos1 (830658) | more than 8 years ago | (#15090256)

How do you pronounce "eu"? If it's how I think it is, "fuck.eu" would be a very nice domain to have.

Re:Hmm (4, Funny)

joe 155 (937621) | more than 8 years ago | (#15090259)

If you like that you'll love being able to register ".co.ck"... I always found that one funny, not exactly shure which country it is though

Re:Hmm (5, Informative)

richardablitt (897338) | more than 8 years ago | (#15090298)

The Cook islands, somewhere between Australia and South America.

Re:Hmm (1)

Dr. Cody (554864) | more than 8 years ago | (#15091252)

Unfortunately, their TOS pretty much requires you to be a business.

Re:Hmm (1)

ZERO1ZERO (948669) | more than 8 years ago | (#15090831)

trashbat.co.ck

Re:Hmm (1)

memnon (769981) | more than 8 years ago | (#15091651)

can reg those here: combell.com [combell.com] neither suck-my.co.ck or suck.co.ck are taken yet.
does cost about $440 to reg them for 2 years, might be a bit much just cos its funny.

Re:Hmm (1)

redalien (711170) | more than 8 years ago | (#15090260)

I think most people are pronouncing it .eu if they're into domain hacks, eg fuck.eu, screw.eu, sacrebl.eu, and so on, but in the UK at least I see it becoming E-U.

Re:Hmm (0, Redundant)

1nhuman (597328) | more than 8 years ago | (#15090269)

screw.eu

embiggen.eu is still available (3, Funny)

psykax (55551) | more than 8 years ago | (#15090310)

for legitimate pharmaceutical suppliers, of course

Re:Hmm (1)

takeya (825259) | more than 8 years ago | (#15090313)

EEEEEE YOUUUUU

Re:Hmm (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15090334)

How do you pronounce "eu"?

In portuguese, spanish (and italian I guess) it sounds some like "ae-oo"

If it's how I think it is, "fuck.eu" would be a very nice domain to have.

I thought the same thing, but in portuguese were that word is translated as 'fud.eu'

It's taken (1)

gerf (532474) | more than 8 years ago | (#15090419)

The closest to this pattern (screw.eu, ihate.eu, etc) is beerfor.eu

Not that I'll register it of course

I think... (1)

ickeicke (927264) | more than 8 years ago | (#15090441)

I think that fuck.eu is going to be a very wanted domain anyway, whatever the pronunciation.

Re:Hmm (1)

alerante (781942) | more than 8 years ago | (#15090482)

Eu is the Portuguese equivalent of "I", the first-person pronoun. I think you may want to reconsider.

Re:Hmm (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15090608)

I think you may want to reconsider.

That entirely depends on who is doing it ;)

My name (1)

mtenhagen (450608) | more than 8 years ago | (#15090261)

My last name is gone, my first name is gone.

But I have got gloogle.com ;-)

Re:My name (1)

mtenhagen (450608) | more than 8 years ago | (#15090272)

gloogle.eu ofcourse

Re:My name (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15090318)

what? shut up, stop being stupid

big in GB... (5, Interesting)

joe 155 (937621) | more than 8 years ago | (#15090268)

I can't help but wonder with the amount of people registering in the GB, 257,368 at present, if this is meaning people are becoming more accepting of the idea of Britian being considered a part of europe. Normally people really try to avoid any connection between their company and europe because people just don't like to deal with anything from "there"... is the net leading the way towards a greater intergration?...

Re:big in GB... (4, Insightful)

taskforce (866056) | more than 8 years ago | (#15090279)

I think many people are going to misinterpret this article. I doubt very much that any more than 10% of the registrations (at a liberal guess) would be actual companies registering .eu domains. Most of these are probably going to be resellers and squatters, which is why the UK proportion is so high.

I can't think of any reason why a UK company would buy a .EU domain unless it was out to alienate it's customers, market to the rest of the EU under a different domain, or simply just bought every TLD for it's domain name.

Re:big in GB... (1)

JanneM (7445) | more than 8 years ago | (#15090377)

I can't think of any reason why a UK company would buy a .EU domain unless it was out to alienate it's customers, market to the rest of the EU under a different domain, or simply just bought every TLD for it's domain name.

For more and more companies - in UK as in all other eu countries - the "home market" is increasingly eu as a whole, not the particular country they're residing in. Their relation to their customers in eu as a whole is as important as the customers in the home country - and a lot more important than the small minority that would get their underwear in knots over the use of an .eu domain.

and .co.uk is not a mouthfull ? (1)

sjwest (948274) | more than 8 years ago | (#15090502)

We have a .co.uk - im moving to .eu if your activity can be done anywhere in the eu then .eu makes sense - if your 'branded' only in one country then .fr/.de./.gr makes sense there still much nicer than .co.uk is personally speaking.

We are thinking to drop the .co.uk

Politics has nothing to do with it (1)

giafly (926567) | more than 8 years ago | (#15090733)

In my case, this has nothing to do with agreement, or otherwise, for the European Union as an institution. It's:
  1. To defend against pranksters and cybersquatters
  2. A cheap way to show commitment to provide technical support for our customers who trade throughout the EU.

Re:big in GB... (1, Offtopic)

Wellington Grey (942717) | more than 8 years ago | (#15090282)

people are becoming more accepting of the idea of Britian being considered a part of europe.

What else would Britian be a part of? I've never understood why the British seem to think themselves completely seperate from Europe.

-Grey [wellingtongrey.net]

Re:big in GB... (3, Interesting)

ickoonite (639305) | more than 8 years ago | (#15090301)

Two words: island mentality. The Japanese have a similar view of the Asian mainland.

I am no geographer, but one should not underestimate the fundamental importance it has in shaping the human experience.

iqu :|

Re:big in GB... (1)

paedobear (808689) | more than 8 years ago | (#15090347)

You're an American aren't you. The Americans seem to consider themselves seperate from the whole of the rest of the world, so why is it a surprise that Britain - which has been at war with most of Europe for most of it's history, and has colonial connections with most of the world - would consider itself apart from it?

Re:big in GB... (3, Insightful)

Wellington Grey (942717) | more than 8 years ago | (#15090372)

Yes I am an American (though I moved to London [wellingtongrey.net] three years ago). It still seems odd to me to hear my English co-workers talking about what is going on in Europe. To me it would be like hearing New Yorkers talk about taking a trip to America.

-Grey

Re:big in GB... (1)

Poltras (680608) | more than 8 years ago | (#15090381)

Actually, they DO have politics in .eu, and conflicts, debates, crisis, people, progress, good laws, etc... one thing America lacks as a whole (.ca and .mx too). My name is Hans, and I am Canadian. Though of european origins.

Re:big in GB... (2, Insightful)

Haeleth (414428) | more than 8 years ago | (#15090393)

It still seems odd to me to hear my English co-workers talking about what is going on in Europe. To me it would be like hearing New Yorkers talk about taking a trip to America.

But I thought New Yorkers think New York is America? :P

A better example would be Hawaiians. Do they see a difference between the part of the US that's in North America and the part of the US that's in Hawaii, or is it all just "America" to them?

Re:big in GB... (1)

Wellington Grey (942717) | more than 8 years ago | (#15090404)

But I thought New Yorkers think New York is America?

Well, it's the good part of America.

Point taken about the Hawaiians though. I had a Hawaiian flatmate and she always refered to America as the mainland and didn't really think it had anything to do with Hawaii.

-Grey [wellingtongrey.net]

Re:big in GB... (2, Informative)

bogjobber (880402) | more than 8 years ago | (#15091212)

Well that's slightly different. Hawaii had absolutely no cultural or geographic link to the Americas before about 150 years ago. Hawaii is also much further away from the US than Great Britain is from Europe. You can't exactly ride the train from Honolulu to LA. For example, the distance from Honolulu to San Diego (the closest large city from Hawaii) is about the same as the distance from London to Jerusalem.

Re:big in GB... (1)

blane.bramble (133160) | more than 8 years ago | (#15090424)

What else would Britian be a part of? I've never understood why the British seem to think themselves completely seperate from Europe.

Well, consider the fact that "Europe" might refer to "Mainland Europe", which we aren't part of, or "the continent of Europe", which we are, or the "European Community/European Union" which we are also part of. It might be used to refer to the Franco/German ideal of a "United States of Europe" which we don't want much to do with. It could also be used to refer to the economic "European Monetary Union" which we aren't part of.

Now do you understand a bit more?

Re:big in GB... (2, Funny)

Haeleth (414428) | more than 8 years ago | (#15090384)

I can't help but wonder with the amount of people registering in the GB, 257,368 at present, if this is meaning people are becoming more accepting of the idea of Britian being considered a part of europe.

Even UKIP.eu is registered! Truly we must be on the dawn of a new era.

Re:big in GB... (1)

m50d (797211) | more than 8 years ago | (#15090478)

The young are a lot more "into" computers. IME as a brit anyone under about 30 thinks Europe is a great thing, while those over 50 don't want anything to do with it.

Question: (3, Interesting)

Wellington Grey (942717) | more than 8 years ago | (#15090271)

Call me ignorant, but where does all the money for .eu (and the endless .whatever's to come) go? Is it payed into the European Union or some private company?

-Grey [wellingtongrey.net]

Re:Question: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15090438)

All money goes to 'bankrupt.eu'

Re:Question: (1)

mOOzilla (962027) | more than 8 years ago | (#15090449)

It goes to some suit in the registrars. Just like every other business, the Fat Cats always win. This is just another money making SCAM on the part of registrars. Need more money, create a new TLD. Most companies have policies to register as many as they can to protect their BRAND. Lather Wrinse Repeat Its a SCAM.

Re:Question: (2, Informative)

floorpirate (696768) | more than 8 years ago | (#15090647)

A good portion of the money for a domain goes to whatever organization/company runs the registry. It pays for their staff, equipment, Net connection, etc. Don't know what the .eu domains actually cost, but for most domains, usually around half goes to the registry and the other half to the registrar that the domain was purchased through.

Is this a case of... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15090273)

The UK initially led the way during Landrush but have since been overtaken by Germany

... get your towel off my domain name?

Re:Is this a case of... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15090333)

... get your towel off my domain name?

Then it surely would be the first case of the British having a head start of putting out the towels. :)
Well, having had, it seems...

Re:Is this a case of... (4, Funny)

amliebsch (724858) | more than 8 years ago | (#15091059)

I'm not surprised at all. Ther Germans have a long history of successful landrushing.

Domain Squatting (3, Insightful)

cheetah_spottycat (106624) | more than 8 years ago | (#15090284)

Is anyone surprised? I bet that these are 5% "real" registrations, and 95% domain squatters trying to register every single word from the encyclopedia britannica and all TLAs from 'AAA' to 'ZZZ' in one session.

.eu is useless, it's a domain DMZ (0, Troll)

Peter Cooper (660482) | more than 8 years ago | (#15090296)

A lot of companies who have no legal rights in the European Union, like Flickr, FeedBurner, and, well, just pick 1000 names out of a hat.. have already been domain squatted on .eu. Even my own little web tool has had its domain name registered. To be honest, I'm surprised, as .eu names aren't cheap. .eu is a back-water. It'll have a small cluster of EU related domains that might be popular, but otherwise it's just another demilitarized zone where people register domains to be 'protected' but never actually use them.

I don't see any good reason for anyone to bother with a .eu name. .eu patriotism isn't great enough to warrant it, it's confusing to new users, and many in the UK look at the EU with disdain anyway.

I imagine .eu will be of primary use to companies with an overall (continental) European presence, but who's that? I can't even think of a single grocery store that's in more than two EU countries, let alone anything else.

Re:.eu is useless, it's a domain DMZ (4, Insightful)

mikeplokta (223052) | more than 8 years ago | (#15090316)

If you can't think of any grocery stores in more than two EU countries, you're not thinking very hard. Try Aldi and Lidl, who both operate in numerous EU countries. In other sectors, there are chains like IKEA.

Re:.eu is useless, it's a domain DMZ (1)

caluml (551744) | more than 8 years ago | (#15090386)

Aldi and Lidl

Hmmm, top end stuff there. Perhaps you'll become friends with their biggest fan, Faiza [faiza.co.uk]

Re:.eu is useless, it's a domain DMZ (2, Informative)

dajak (662256) | more than 8 years ago | (#15090732)

Spar, Ahold, Carrefour, Delhaize. In most countries just 2 or 3 multinational chains dominate the market. Most multinational European chains operate under different names in different member countries, though. Ahold and Delhaize also operate in the US under 10 different names.

Re:.eu is useless, it's a domain DMZ (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15090446)

There are quite a lot of companies with legitimate interest in a .eu domain and will use it, but their number is more likely in the thousands than in the tens of thousands or millions, and all of them will retain their national domains as well. Generally speaking you're right.

During the sunrise phases, an absurd number of new trademarks have been registered in nonsensical categories. "Sex (tm)" in the groceries category, registered right before the sunrise phase, qualifies as "prior right" to "sex.eu"?

Registrars were only allowed to submit a small fixed number of registrations per second during the landrush, so what did some of them do to get through their queues faster? They created companies like "domain robot 1", "domain robot 2", etc. and entered them as registrars as well. You see, there's the British "Ltd.", which requires just 1 pound to open. Maybe that's how the UK managed to get more domains in at the start? On the other hand, anyone in Europe can now open a "Ltd." company now, so in proper turbo-capitalism fashion, it's probably their own fault for not doing the same.

My not-so-common surname btw was registered by a well-known domain grabber, who now uses it as another "this on ebay" spam site. I know of about half a dozen companies who would have been able to legitimately claim prior right on that domain. None of them did, probably because the enormous costs of registering during the sunrise phases far outweighed the benefit. It doesn't bother me too much that I didn't get the domain, because I have it in my country's TLD and in one of the GTLDs, but I would really have wanted one of these companies to get it instead, not some useless domain squatter. I'll see if it's a sign of a trend or just a coincidence, but I'd wager that "-site:.eu" will have to join "-site:.info" in my Google search template soon if I don't want to drown in spam search results.

Just an aside: The second biggest namespace is the .de country TLD of Germany, with 9.7 million domains. Behind that is ".net" with about 7 million domains and only then comes ".uk" with 4.8 million domains. These results aren't really surprising as the .de TLD is the most cost effective TLD. You can get them for just cents a month, and that's the quantity-1 price, not just for resellers. The .de-TLD servers are all over the world, so the performance is excellent. It's not a "cheap" TLD. But hey, ICANN probably knew what they were doing when they handed .net to Verisign instead of to the DeNIC non-profit.

Re:.eu is useless, it's a domain DMZ (2, Interesting)

googleking (711558) | more than 8 years ago | (#15090450)

Actually flickr.eu shows as application pending to Yahoo on whois.eu, but I agree with you about feedburner.

I tried to register three .eu domains which are fairly meaningless to all but myself; I had the registrations in in advance waiting for the landrush to open but it seems like other people got them. In two cases the lucky winners are people with names like "thisdomainforsale.com" and in the third, whois.eu gives an address in China - I've no idea how that can have happened.

So in my experience, .eu has just become yet another cybersquatter/Sedo hell, which is a shame; I had hoped that the higher cost of .eu domains (the cheapest I've seen is 5 GBP per year but the average registration cost seems to be 15-20 EUR) would prevent most of the speculator scum.

Re:.eu is useless, it's a domain DMZ (1)

daBass (56811) | more than 8 years ago | (#15090622)

Uhm, Tesco?

But I see your point, I own various .com/.net/.co.uk domains but can't think of a single reason to register any of them under .eu. But there are many companies that operate throughout the EU and they might find it very interesting to use .eu for their corporate homepage and country TLDs for specific sites in local languages.

By the way, after spending years in London, I realise the British look with disdain against anything that is not British, the EU - which they conveniently forget they are a major part of and speak of "UK" and "Europe", as if the latter does not include the former - just gets more flack because it is closer to home.

The funniest thing I ever overheard was a conversation of an English couple on holiday in Malta finding it "strange" that their hosts island - now being an EU country - had not adopted the Euro as it's currency...

Re:Domain Squatting (1)

nicklott (533496) | more than 8 years ago | (#15090543)

yep, mine pretty obscure one has been squatted.

Re:Domain Squatting (1)

rylin (688457) | more than 8 years ago | (#15090751)

Dunno how well organized the hardcore squatters are, but i managed to snag a nice 3-character domain 19 hours into the landrush.

EU is such a silly idea... (3, Funny)

Jugalator (259273) | more than 8 years ago | (#15090303)

Why not... .UN! All members in the United Nations can register one! :-p
Redundancy and more redundancy for the domain registrars to make money...

Re:EU is such a silly idea... (4, Insightful)

wizzdude (755000) | more than 8 years ago | (#15090327)

Well, not entirely.

The European Union is a free trade area so there are import/export duties on goods traded with the zone. There are some businesses who would therefore treat this entire area as one and for them branding themselves under an EU domain would make sense.

A UN domain would never be used for that reason as it is purely political and not economic.

Re:EU is such a silly idea... (1)

mOOzilla (962027) | more than 8 years ago | (#15090453)

TLDs have no meaning anymore , "brand protection" has diluted the purpose of having TLDs in the first place, everybody just squats their brand on every TLD they can find. ORG is no longer an ORGINSATION, COM is no longer a COMPANY, NET is no longer a NETWORK ENTITY, UK is no longer a UK only TLD etc etc... In short, this is just another money making SCAM.

.int (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15090492)

There's already .int though, as far as I know, it's only open to international organizations, like, for example, www.wto.int and www.un.int.

Re:EU is such a silly idea... (1)

drspliff (652992) | more than 8 years ago | (#15091103)

Well if somebody hadn't *cough* cocked up the whole DNS system and thought it through properly before letting the corporations get their fingers in the global DNS pie then we could've ended up with something like:

uk.com.mycompany.www

With larger areas such as the EU, australasia, the UN, the americas etc. all having their own TLD. As long as the rules are followed you wouldn't end up with mom-and-pop 'look im running an internet shop' businesses that serve only the surrounding states and all the other regular pollution.

On a second note, why do some companies have to purchase a second domain name for subsites.. for example ebaystatic.com, windowsupdate.com, MyBanksPersonalInternetBankingSystemOnlineOrWhatev er.com.

** calms down enough to check for spelling mistakes **

Ok I'm done!

uk second biggest domain after .com? (4, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15090309)

According to Nominet http://www.nic.uk/ [www.nic.uk] it's only the forth biggest namespace, not second.
As far as I know, Germany (over 9.5 million .de-domains) has the second largest namespace.

Re:uk second biggest domain after .com? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15090339)

Current number of .de domains can be found here [denic.de] .

I also remember .de being the second largest name space.

Re:uk second biggest domain after .com? (1)

binkzz (779594) | more than 8 years ago | (#15090422)

FTS:

"Predictions of .eu becoming the second biggest domain after .com look like they may become true,"

They didn't say it was the second biggest, they said it is predicted that .eu will become the second biggest.

Re:uk second biggest domain after .com? (1)

mathtm (967019) | more than 8 years ago | (#15090431)

You should read the whole sentence :)

"with Nominet being responsible for "over four million" .uk domains, the second biggest namespace."

Re:uk second biggest domain after .com? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15090651)

You should read the next sentence

"The UK initially led the way during Landrush but have since been overtaken by Germany"

Re:uk second biggest domain after .com? (1)

erichschubert (96206) | more than 8 years ago | (#15090791)

This refers to domains _within_ the .eu domain.
Germany overtook the GB in registrations for .eu domains. GB is still second for .eu I think. .de has been bigger than .uk for quite some time I think. And .uk is only fourth biggest. .net is third.

http://www.denic.de/media/images/monatszahlen/TLD- Vergleich.gif [denic.de]

I wouldn't bet that the .eu domain will become second biggest. Domain squatting will become less and less important with the increasing number of TLDs, and the rush on personal domains is also kind of slowed down. People would register "firstname-lastname.de", but probably not firstname-lastname.eu, but try nickname-lastname.de first.

Re:uk second biggest domain after .com? (1)

slavemowgli (585321) | more than 8 years ago | (#15090655)

"Predictions of .eu becoming the second biggest domain after .com look like they may become true, with Nominet being responsible for "over four million" .uk domains, the second biggest namespace."

It seems to me that the grammar's a bit strange there, but it seems that the author wanted to say that .eu looks like it will take over as the second biggest TLD from .uk (which would imply that .uk currently is the second biggest).

Sex (1)

quokkapox (847798) | more than 8 years ago | (#15090315)

One million new domains?! Eeek! Don't worry, we can still restrict pr0n to just the .xxx domain and happily dance with our properly clothed children in the meadow of Puritanical safety which is .[com|net|org|edu]

Or something like that. You Europeans are with us on pr0n, right? China? Ok. Russia!?!?!!

Re:Sex (1)

Haeleth (414428) | more than 8 years ago | (#15090398)

You Europeans are with us on pr0n, right?

The Germans and British will be, but good luck convincing the French and Dutch.

Re:Sex (1)

RickySan (887756) | more than 8 years ago | (#15090575)

Say what you will about us Dutch folk, but at least things are out in the open which in return has as a side effect a very low teen pregnancy rate, can you say that about the US and UK? I don't think so, the UK has the highest count within the EU, and the US, ha!, well, look at who heads the country there.. nuff said!

Don't mention the landrush (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15090317)

The UK initially led the way during Landrush but have since been overtaken by Germany, with over a quarter of all registered domains.

Don't worry, in a couple of years the US will join in and help us take them all back.

Re:Don't mention the landrush (1)

sxtxixtxcxh (757736) | more than 8 years ago | (#15090337)

Brilliant!

In Soviet Russia... (5, Funny)

borgdows (599861) | more than 8 years ago | (#15090321)

insovietrussiadomainsregister.EU !!

I tried to register .eu through GoDaddy weeks ago (1)

expro (597113) | more than 8 years ago | (#15090358)

Big mistake because they apparently just held the registration until April 7th instead of helping with any sort of actual registration, so I discover that half a dozen businesses are ahead of me now in the queue.

Re:I tried to register .eu through GoDaddy weeks a (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15090366)

Duh, go look what Landrush and Sunrise mean.

Duh, yourself. (1)

expro (597113) | more than 8 years ago | (#15090385)

GoDaddy had no link to landrush or sunrise, but only added .eu as a domain you could purchase.

Double duh (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15090403)

Then their fault is not holding it back, but rather not informing you about the concept of Landrush and Sunrise which every single other registrar was talking about.

IOW, use a registrar that doesn't suck.

Other info that would have been nice... (1)

expro (597113) | more than 8 years ago | (#15090604)

The smaller the registrar, the more-likely they would be able to reserve the name you want since every registrar got one connection regardless of how many names they served.

Re:Other info that would have been nice... (2, Interesting)

TCM (130219) | more than 8 years ago | (#15090631)

Indeed. I know people who made the mistake of going with the big players, only to find out that their wanted names had been taken as soon as 6 minutes after the start of Landrush.

Even hours later, 1&1 hadn't registered names that were still free. 18 and a half hours(!) later those names were finally registered.

Smaller registrars were said to have completed their whole(!) procedure after 17 minutes of the start.

Relatively few from France? (1)

Rogue Pat (749565) | more than 8 years ago | (#15090399)

Looking at the stats [eurid.eu] , there are currently very few registrations from France.
Sweden and the Netherlands for instance have more registrations than France with far less inhabitatants. Also Belgium is not that far off from France, while it's a lot smaller.

What does that say about France's EU feeling?

Re:Relatively few from France? (2, Informative)

Anne Honime (828246) | more than 8 years ago | (#15090415)

What does that say about France's EU feeling?

Not much, I think ; historicaly, *.fr has been reserved to chartered companies and trademarks holders, so many french individuals had to buy a .com or .net already. Many companies did, too,because .fr is f*cking expensive. This afnic nonsense is backfiring today, because those who might have been interested are avoiding "continental red tape" (we invented it, so we have developped more strategies than others to turn around it whenever possible) and will probably stick with a general TLD unless the almighty USoA start pissing us by tightening the conditions of registration.

Re:Relatively few from France? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15090420)

They gave up?

Re:Relatively few from France? (1)

sjwest (948274) | more than 8 years ago | (#15090458)

France was big in minitel Minitel [wikipedia.org] is still a force to be reconed with ?

wiki: Minitel was often considered as an impediment for a fast deployment of the Internet in France, since it already provided safe and easy online access for many useful services without requiring a personal computer.

The bbc link in the wiki (dated 2003) reports "Despite reports of its demise, a third of the French still have access to the Minitel network and four million terminals are in daily use."

Re:Relatively few from France? (1)

Anne Honime (828246) | more than 8 years ago | (#15090481)

While minitel is still alive as a network, most of the users access it through internet today via an IE plugin. Most like you probably access the news via nntp instead of uucp.

Re:Relatively few from France? (1)

Zifro (967034) | more than 8 years ago | (#15090641)

Let us time ;-) I'm not a company, but I registered 6 .eu domains (not for squatting). But don't worry, we're happy to be part of the Europe !

Re:Relatively few from France? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15090936)

Ah, that may explain why I was able to register un-pn.eu for my blog.

Re:Relatively few from France? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15091170)

What does that say about France's EU feeling?

sacrebl.eu!?

Re:Relatively few from France? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15091356)

Well duh, everyone knows they have better things to do. [usatoday.com]

(apologies, I couldn't resist)

I wish... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15090474)

I wish I could quit .eu

It wasn't fair! (2, Insightful)

Cronq (169424) | more than 8 years ago | (#15090515)

"Over 1,000 registration agents were only allowed one connection each to EURid's servers in order to prevent problems and ensure fairness."

Fairness? Please check official registrars list on the eurid web site. There are tons of clons there sharing the same address and/or telephone number just to avoid 1 connection to eurid limit.

And what eurid did about this? Nothing.

.eu? (1)

Toreo asesino (951231) | more than 8 years ago | (#15090705)

Never mind .eu, it's all about 'cock' domains!

For example - http://www.google.co.ck/ [google.co.ck]

Google.eu ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15091041)

Currently there is no Google.eu domain, but when I did a whois on it, I was told it was "pending". How does a domain pend, since pre-registering is over?

Blocking *.eu (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15091235)

Every registered domain I tried so far gives me this:
Registrant:
Please visit www.eurid.eu for webbased whois.
Here's my response:
echo ".eu REJECT No registrant info via whois.eu" >> /etc/postfix/access && postmap /etc/postfix/access

.EU is more important then you might think (1)

BadassJesus (939844) | more than 8 years ago | (#15091324)

First of all .EU also means Europe not only European Union (even if officials say so) and from that perspective its a huge gateway into region that only US can rival.

Car.eu, shop.eu, RealEstate.eu, realty.eu was gone in first seconds of sunrise preregistration. Many practiced trademarking and other "techniques" to claim even generic domain names (wich was critisized many times). Nice read is "EU Domain Disaster" http://www.eudomaindesaster.org/pageindex.php?lang =EN [eudomaindesaster.org]

Also Eurid.eu allowed only one connection per registrar yesterday. That didn't not stop domain sharks like Pool.com to cooperate/create(?) many subregistrars to get multiple "pooling power" to access the db and squatter as much domains as possible for them. They were claiming (http://www.eu.pool.com/ [pool.com] ) 80% percent success rate for the sunrise and 60% for the "Land Rush" craziness that occured yesterday (resulting auctions of the aquired domain names begin on monday ;). That is really jaw dropper for an average European Joe to behold.

Well its official (1)

EgoManiacUK (966284) | more than 8 years ago | (#15091378)

With all those eu registered, it seems that most 3 letter domains have gone.... Just hope they all did not go to cybersquatters

THANK.EU (1)

Richard W.M. Jones (591125) | more than 8 years ago | (#15091420)

Someone seems to have got up early on 7th to register thank.eu [whois.eu] .

And fuck.eu [whois.eu] too.

Damn.

Rich.

When are they going to be active? (2, Interesting)

drwho (4190) | more than 8 years ago | (#15091440)

I registered 8 .eu domains on friday. I got my last name, three three-letter domains, and my company name. I used godaddy for them all. They're still "Pending Application" - I wonder how much BS I am going to have to go through before any or all of these are active. I would have thought with all that 'sunrise' stuff that any checking as far as an existing legitimate claim would have been taken care of already, and that the domains would be active within a couple of hours.

I did use a European address and phone number, but maybe they are checking on a business registered at that location? How much do they really care?

Is anyone else having this type of trouble? Has anyone else been successful in getting a .eu domains with a less-than-perfect contact address?

Re:When are they going to be active? (2)

drwho (4190) | more than 8 years ago | (#15091460)

I feel funny replying to my own mesage, but -- does anyone know of a free (or dirt cheap) VoIP service with voicemail that can provide me a phone number in Leipzig, Germany (country code 49, city code 341)? How about a mail drop service?

bollocks to the ... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15091458)

fuck the .eu and their band of unelected corrupt globalising libral fuck wits, and we don't want their stinking domain names either.
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