One annoying feature of the free marketplace for top level domains is how many of the best end up in the hands of speculators who buy them to hold for future resale and “park” them with a link farm operator. When NBC Universal took over scifi.com and turned it into a dumbed down online presence for its equally dumbed down version the Scifi channel, there was one less serious place on the net for scifi fans.
Bucking the trend, one domain speculator decided to invest invest in a domain and actually do something with it. After putting up $175K to buy sciencefiction.com, Patrick Ruddell is actually publishing there.
The domain name had been held back by a finance company called Domain Capital due to a defaulted loan, and Ruddell contacted two sci-fi geek friends to turn it into a business.
Fast forward to today, and ScienceFiction.com has launched as a way for fans to access information about all things science fiction, ranging from movies, TV shows, games, books, comic books and technology. (Tech Crunch)
Kudos and congratulations to Patrick and company. May the new sciencfiction.com live long and prosper.
They told me if a Republican was elected President that websites would be taken down by government fiat, AND THEY WERE RIGHT!* Ladies and gentlemen, the senate judiciary committee voted 19-0 to permit the DoJ to take down any website anywhere in the world. Well first the idea is factious on its face. All they can really do is request that the DNS entry be impaired. But I have other concerns. –
*A Instapundit web label. All rights his. And thanks!
With the world economy in a pervasive funk, it’s worth noting that the internet continues to grow. Both in terms of TLD’s and traffic, exponential increases continue. Even with artificial bandwidth limits, this demonstrates people want to interact, learn and do more business online.
According to the latest Domain Name Industry Brief from VeriSign, the total base of registered Top-Level Domain Names (TLDs) grew in 2009.
VeriSign reported that in 2009, the base of TLDs expanded by 15 million domains names to a total of 192 million domain registration across all TLDs. (internet news)
The online marketplace wants to grow. Not even outrageous prices and stagnant bandwidth imposed by a duopoly can impede it. Imagine a free market with gigabit connections at priced lower than the megabit connections we have.