El Breaking Bad de Internet

Hace unos meses me independicé, dejando atrás mi ciudad, mi país y mi gente, decidí embarcarme en otra de las “Willy Fog locuras” como llaman mis amigos a mis excursiones por el mundo. Todo era un mundo nuevo para mí,  por eso aterricé en esta nueva experiencia con unas ganas enormes y muchas dudas ya que era un país diferente, nuevas costumbres, tradiciones, comida…

Durante el viaje leí un artículo en una revista sobre la expansión de internet, la aparición de nuevos dominios como .WEBCAM o .DATE y pensé ¡qué grandísima idea!  Lo primero que apareció en mi mente fue la página manu.WEBCAM para así no tener preocupada a mi madre con la típica pregunta de qué has comido, te abrigas bien, etc. De esta forma le enseñaría al mundo lo que hago, como una nueva red social.

Al llegar a mi nuevo “hogar” encendí el ordenador e hice una video-llamada con mi madre, poniendo la Webcam ya que quería ver que “su niño” había llegado sano y salvo y no había sido raptado por unos delincuentes locales (típico de las madres, supongo). La segunda llamada fue con mi novia y noté mientras hablaba con ella, que estaba repitiendo la misma historia que le había contado minutos antes a mi madre. Solté la broma de poner webcams en mi piso, pero en mi cabeza sonaba muy bien la idea de los nuevos dominios.

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Mamá, no pienso poner webcams por mi piso!

Descubrí que van a llegar cientos de nuevos dominios y pensé que tenía que tener mi nombre en uno de ellos como fuera. Me encantaron los de .SCIENCE, .DOWNLOAD .WEBCAM y .MEN ya que los vi como una apuesta segura. En .SCIENCE se podría crear una página dedicada a noticias o futuros descubrimientos y comencé a darle vueltas a la cabeza… quizás inventos.SCIENCE y madrid.WEBCAM fueron mis mejores ideas y decidí interesarme más a fondo cada día hasta llegar a reservar. Luego leyendo más a fondo me di cuenta de que Madrid está considerado un nombre Premium pero me encantaba la idea de probar y probar hasta encontrar el nombre de dominio perfecto.

Hablé con mi tío, que es profesor de informática y apasionado de los ordenadores, sobre la posibilidad de empezar juntos una página web con noticias, descargas, foros… en un dominio nuevo como .DOWNLOAD y le emocionó la idea de tal modo que hemos hecho ya la pre-reserva de ¡cuatro! Obviamente no las voy a revelar aquí puesto que aún es un proyecto pero espero que pronto podáis ser partícipes de un éxito redondo en mi nueva página de .DOWNLOAD!!

Manu Montero

Manu Montero, Business Analyst at Famous Four Media

Redefining suffering … Watching Bridget Jones’ Diary with a hangover!

We’ve all been there before, whether it’s because we are nursing a hangover after a fun filled Friday night or settling in for a movie night with our significant other (we all love a good cuddle), deciding upon what film or tv-series to watch can often be an unnecessarily stressful event.

I, for one, can attest to that dreaded moment on date night when it comes time to making a decision as to what is going to be watched. Obviously I already know that my suggestion carries no chance of adoption whatsoever but as always it never hurts to dream! So once the formalities are over with and inevitably ‘we’ decide on Bridget Jones’ Diary (again). It was either that or Sleepless in  Seattle  ..so a lose/lose situation all round.  And, since I find Colin Firth marginally less odious  than Tom Hanks, the online quest of finding said film to download and watch begins.

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“No really!! … I am looking forward to watching Bridget Jones’ Diary again darling!”

One of the major problems facing the majority of us who download media online is that it is often hard to either find or guarantee that what we are downloading is not only the right content, but legal content too. Billions of dollars are being lost each year due to online piracy, putting thousands of jobs at risk and, on top of this, around 22% of all global Internet bandwidth is being used to download pirated content.

I’ll be the first to admit that I have always been somewhat apprehensive of downloading content online. I can’t really put my finger on it but I’ve always had this irrational fear of contracting some deadly virus or having a SWAT team breaking down my door if I dare try to take a trip down memory lane and download Beverly Hills Cop or the Police Academy series.

Online downloading certainly has a certain degree of uncertainty around it!

No matter what the risks are, the Internet has a way of evolving to mitigate them eventually. That is one of the benefits of the New gTLD program implemented by ICANN (the body that regulates the Internet’s naming conventions). It’s an evolution of the Internet which should allow Internet users to find the legitimate content they require more quickly, simply by creating online community namespaces joined together by the domain name extension.

For example,  if I type in  www.bridgetjones.com I might be offered a download of the movie I want, it might be the homepage of someone whose name is Bridget Jones or it could be a pay-per-click site pointing me to a website offering me suspicious ‘free’ movies (it actually does).. it could be almost anything.

However, with this evolution of the Internet you can have almost any word after the dot including .DOWNLOAD … so hang on tight for www.bridgetjones.download, with that I should have a much better idea of what’s on the page.

But is that going to be enough? With the new .DOWNLOAD extension however, sites will have to do exactly what they say on the tin and have to be safe, secure and legal due to the implementation of what’s called an Abuse Prevention and Mitigation Seal (the “APM Seal”). All websites using a .DOWNLOAD address are required to display this seal on their homepage, which will provide website visitors (and community  stakeholders in the sector) with a one-click mechanism to access relevant Abuse Prevention and Mitigation processes ensuring that the website remains compliant.

So whether or not you’re looking for that easy-to-watch comedy to get over a heavy weekend on www.funnyfilms.download or looking for  a film to watch on a girlie night in, on www.chickflicks.download you can be assured that it will be exactly what you are looking for and 100% safe and legal. I expect I will have to  get my films from that date night film website on www.boredboyfriend.download.

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Ola Alli, Premium Names Manager at Famous Four Media

Domain Names are like the Matrix … and I am Neo!

Shhhhhh! ….. Don’t tell anyone …. But here’s an honest truth:

I have never purchased a domain name.

There, I’ve said it….and it feels like a great weight has been lifted from my soul.

In fact prior to 2014 I had very little exposure to the domain name industry. I know, you’re shocked, I can already hear you saying “how can this newbie write a blog post about domain names?”

Well, equipped with my limited knowledge, I’m going to try anyway, from the perspective of the man in the street.

My background is a mixed one, having studied Zoology at University (yes that is a real degree, and no I don’t want to work in a zoo). I then fell into the retail trading space as an analyst and later working for one of the world’s largest education platforms. Having only just joined Famous Four Media, I have been immersing myself in the complexities of the domain name space and the more I learn the more I realize that there is so much more to learn.

.TRADE you are the one .. to watch.

.TRADE is the one .. to watch.

I feel a bit like Neo in the Matrix just before he swallows the red pill, this ephemeral thing known as the Matrix is affecting his life profoundly but it is not perceived as reality… and to shamelessly misquote my favorite character Morpheus,

“Unfortunately, no one can be told what the Domain Name Industry is, you have to see it for yourself.’

Having now read a good number of the hundreds of Domain Name blogs it’s very plain to see that opinion on the new gTLDs is highly mixed. Many people believe that the new gTLDs are doomed to fail as previous incarnations have not been as well received as had been hoped. Others believe that this heralds the coming of the next generation of the Internet. Welcome to the Matrix!

Resistance to change comes very naturally to human beings, we don’t like it, we like normal, we like routine. However, Humans need change, and this is one instance where I believe change such as the new gTLDs can only be beneficial to the evolution of the Internet.
Now, having recently made the switch to domain names, with my background in the retain trading industry maybe its natural that I feel a personal affinity with the .TRADE gTLD. It might not have received the attention that some other TLDs (such as .MUSIC, .DOWNLOAD or .DATE) but I am convinced that .TRADE should be on your “ones to watch” list of valuable TLDs.

Here’s why…

TRADE is a highly generic term which has different meanings that lend themselves to a number of large industry groups. If we take the literal meaning of the word trade, it is:

  • The act or process of buying, selling, or exchanging commodities
  • An exchange of items, usually without payment of money.
  • Any occupation pursued as a business or livelihood.

I believe that, beyond online trading in stocks and shares and commodities, the .TRADE TLD will be a magnet for crafts adopting up the .TRADE domain as a community space such as plumbing.trade, electrician.trade or mechanic.trade.

Online trading used to be something that was only accessible to elite, banking firms and the mega-wealthy. Nowadays, with the massive increase in accessibility and globalization of the retail trading space, any Joe Schmo can have a go at trading with around $100. This has led to the creation of an internet community of similar interests that value having a TLD such as .TRADE to share information, opinions, access online trading platforms and receive the latest news. With this constant growth of the retail trading space there is certain to be some excellent value domains within this category. I look forward to seeing where domains like forex.trade, stock.trade and bitcoin.trade end up.

I won’t give away any more of my favorite domain names, as I wouldn’t want anyone ruining my chance snapping up a bargain for my first domain name purchase.

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Visit www.nic.trade to check availability of your .TRADE domain name

Will Birtwistle, Account Manger, Famous Four Media

Will Birtwistle, Account Manger, Famous Four Media