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Discussion in '.UK Domain Name Consultations' started by Stephen, Nov 17, 2014.

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  1. Skinner

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    Didn't .to offer a shortening service some years ago, which the urls were http://to./word (this is a valid url), currently http://to./ resolves a website.

    Nothing stopping the bbc doing http://bbc./news, but the learning curve for people to include that period, would be insane.



     
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    I believe that if brand gTLDs can effectively act like direct navigation keywords in the address bar, bypassing any search from the address bar feature that a browser might support, we'd be able to type in "bbc" within the address bar and arrive directly at the BBC web site without getting a search engine in between. The last thing I read about this mentioned that there is currently the requirement for a dot to prefix the gtld in order for it to resolve. That could change if browser developers decided it should do. They'd check the root for a gtld prior to assuming a search was desired.

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    This would be a far better example if Total didn't have a standalone website on total.co.uk though...
     
  7. Stephen United Kingdom

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    Bbc

    They also spent a lot more on acquiring BBC.com

    As BBC is truly a world brand, I would guess that .bbc is brand protection
    and future proofing in case it is needed by trend and usage.

    I hope they move over to BBC.uk and Nominet did say in consultation meetings they had a made a pitch to BBC about the benefits of UK namespace for their domain name over .com and .bbc (which Nominet helped with).
     
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    http://gs.statcounter.com

    Consider which company owns the top browser and why they might have a slight objection to search engines being bypassed :p
     
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    I can't remember what the company were calld but there was a toolbar which years ago introduced .cars and .cool etc. They were actually sub domains which the browser object converted to like TLDs.

    Perhaps room for a new toolbar company to do as you suggest. Check the url for bbc/news and test is bbc is a gTLD, then execute the move.
     
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    So you're expecting people to install a toolbar, which will then let them type bbc/news instead of news.bbc ?

    Why would they possibly want to do that ?
     
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    Oh absolutely. :) That had already crossed my mind, except they're also applying for many new gtlds and I'm not sure how many of them will be closed, potentially being able to act like direct navigation keywords similar to how RealNames (founded by Keith Teare back in 1997) worked. Remember the search engine would only be bypassed where a gTLD existed *and* where "@.gTLD A IP.add.re.ss" had been configured in the gTLD zone file. Given the cost of a new gTLD is 6 figures USD, we probably won't see too many operate in this way.

    I am fully expecting to eventually see a mash up of what RealNames tried to be over a decade ago, but integrated directly into the DNS. What goes around comes around.
     
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    I don't expect them to for that alone. People install tool bars for many reasons. GamersUnite, CashBack, Internet Radio, whatever.

    It also wouldn't be limited to just the BBC, and personally I wouldn't use it either and expect it would bomb, was merely stating someone could do such a thing if they wished.

     
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    Possibly "new.net" from a decade ago. See Wikipedia.



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    Campings was sold with just the .uk, £7,500

    Just remembered that :cool:
     
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    Can you remember to reply to your messages please? :p
     
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    Nothing wrong with Firefox or the others per se, it's just Chrome is really that good for a number of reasons.
     
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    Unless you use office 365. Chrome doesn't work well for admin, so I've seen quite a few companies roll out Firefox on 10,000 computers as they can't upgrade the OS
     
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    Absolutely dreadful for it in my experience.
     
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