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Who defends your speech, rights, and privacy in this massive digital world? This is exactly what the heroic folks over at the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) do!

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#GenXYZ, we’ve done it again. With the help of our partners over at Gandi, .xyz is one of the first new registries to support a nonprofit organization through the registration of domains. For the entire month of November, .xyz and Gandi will each donate $0.50 to EFF for every .xyz domain name registered.

And the cherry on top? Gandi is currently offering .xyz at the amazing price of $4, meaning, the equivalent of 25% of your registration will go towards supporting EFF. How awesome is that? You truly are killing two birds with one stone: get your fresh new .xyz domain AND support EFF, the defenders of your civil liberties in the digital world.

So show your support and act now! Head on over to Gandi and take advantage of this unique November promotion.

Do you have another project you’d like us to support in December? Shoot us a message on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram and let us know!

Which one of the XYZ videos was your favorite, #GenXYZ?

As the domain extension for every website, everywhere, .xyz is the most popular new ending for domains all over the world. Have you heard? One of the largest .xyz markets is all the way across the Pacific Ocean from here in the US, in the island country of Japan.

Japan is, of course, famous for being a world leader in tech and electronics. Did you know? There are over 110 million internet users in Japan. And this is all from a country that can physically fit entirely within the state of California!

So what kind of .xyz websites are they building in Japan? We featured a couple way back when (here and here), but check out these freshly picked gems for this week’s #WebsiteWednesday!

Jagzzi.xyz – Onamae customer (Japan)

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jagzzi is an online fashion and trend magazine run by a group of likeminded Japanese college students in the heart of Tokyo. They ditched their .com (test it out: jagzzi.com will redirect you to their .xyz domain) and publish an eyecatching, sometimes-disruptive, online magazine that they plan, research, edit, and put into production all on their own.

As college students, they wanted a space where they can express themselves before “now” turns into something of the past. Even if you don’t speak Japanese, definitely flip through jagzzi.xyz to check out fashionable snaps from the streets of Harajuku.

Ampersand.xyz (Japan)

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Ampersand is the name of this freelance web developer’s hybrid personal and business website. Right off the bat, it’s obvious how creative and innovative she is! From the colorful floating figures in the background, to even the little details in her “about” page. “Ampersand” (for those who might not know, is the word for the symbol “&”) was chosen as the site name because her last name is “Ando”: the Japanese pronunciation for the word “and”. Clever, don’t you think?

She even created this fun little page for anyone who wants to feast their eyes on a few soothing aquarium scenes during their work day. She personally recorded aquarium footage from Tokyo for your enjoyment at ampersand.xyz/aquarium.

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What do you think of these awesome .xyz sites from Japan, #GenXYZ? As always, let us know what YOUR favorite .xyz sites are by dropping us a line on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

With Halloween right around the corner, Team XYZ has a lantern full of fun things coming your way. Be sure to keep an eye out!

Post-ICANN, pumpkin spiced everything, and with Halloween just around the corner, it’s finally starting to feel like fall here in LA! #GenXYZ, what will you be for Halloween this year?

It might be because of the much anticipated sweater weather, but we’re in the mood to give the usual #WebsiteWednesday a little twist. In fact, we won’t be featuring any websites at all!

You’d think that at .xyz, websites are our bread and butter, but we wanted to share with you one of the other most popular ways to use your awesome .xyz domain.

Kyle Busch
For those of you who follow our CEO and Founder Daniel Negari’s blog, you’re already in the know that celebrity NASCAR racer, Kyle Busch, uses kylebusch.xyz as a cool branded URL in his tweets. If you saw a tweet with kylebusch.xyz/ABC vs. bit.ly/ABC, which would you want to click more? We agree. kylebusch.xyz, hands down.


The Garrigan Lyman Group (GLG)
GLG is a digital marketing agency using glg.xyz as its URL shortener. Currently, they’re promoting glg.xyz/_loveli for one of their most successful campaigns, ever

To honor Li Na’s retirement from the professional tennis spotlight, Babolat and GLG schemed a viral social media campaign for fans to take part in celebrating her successful career (she was ranked #2 in the entire WORLD and has two Grand Slam titles in her back pocket: the French and Australian Opens).

Through the hashtag #LoveLi, the campaign launched with a bang and received over 50 million impressions in just five days. Now, that count has grown to 67 million!

It’s still not too late to participate! Check out glg.xyz/_loveli for the deets.

Dundee Contemporary Arts (DCA)
DCA is home to two contemporary art galleries, a cinema, print studio, and a visual research center. As hosts of an ongoing calendar of events and exhibits, DCA uses dca.xyz to promote its events via Twitter, as well as on their website’s event listings to encourage sharing.

How much easier is it to share with friends and family when the link is so short and sweet? Have you noticed any .xyz domains in your social media feeds lately?

Well, #GenXYZ, that’s all we have in store for today.

Oh! ICYMI, yours truly was featured in yet another CNET article, nicely titled “From .coffee to .email to .xyz: The Web’s crazy new reality is here.” Make sure to follow us on the usual social media channels @xyz and keep tabs on all the exciting things coming up!

It’s Day 3 of #ICANN51 and Team XYZ is working extra hard for you, #GenXYZ. We’re meeting with our amazing business partners so we can continue to build .xyz as the most popular, go-to ending for YOUR domain. In the midst of back-to-back meetings, panels, and events, we like to take a quick little mental break by exploring these fun, interactive .xyz websites.

For this week’s #WebsiteWednesday, we’re excited to share these awesomely quirky, fun-to-browse-through .xyz websites. With so many new websites appearing in the wild, we can easily spend days clicking through them all!

www.does.xyz
does.xyz is a whimsical site that combines our love of quizzes with a clever use of a domain name. Currently live is “Does Gary Sinise”, where you’re invited to answer trivia questions about Gary Sinise.

By the looks of it, “Does Nick Cage” will be added to the arsenal soon. Brush up on your Nicolas Cage knowledge before the new quiz comes out!

www.never.xyz
Why do we love quizzes so much? never.xyz takes a more personal angle on the quiz and asks you “Never Have I Ever” questions. This site goes the extra mile by incorporating a live poll, letting us see how others have answered their “Never Have I Ever”s (anonymously, of course).

And last, but certainly not least:

www.phobia.xyz
Go ahead, try it out. This super simple site will show you a random phobia with the tap of the button.
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Hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia? That’s the fear of long words. Needless to say, it’s an excellent site where you can arm yourself with a few conversation starters. I wonder if hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia.xyz is available… (find out at www.gen.xyz).

With so many great ICANN meetings under our belt, there will be lots to update you on, #GenXYZ! Keep your eyes peeled and ears open for anything .xyz that will be happening near you :) And the best way to keep tabs on us? Follow us on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter @xyz for all the behind-the-scenes goodness here at the XYZ headquarters.

Hey there, #GenXYZ!


For those of you who follow us on Twitter, you already know that we’ve been preparing for ICANN’s huge conference in Los Angeles that began yesterday. THOUSANDS of people are gathering from around the world to take part in ICANN’s conference to discuss major topics that affect the future of the internet. Yes, you heard right – the future of the internet! And of course, the entire Team XYZ will be front and center, all hands on deck, as the conference is taking place on our home turf.

What is ICANN, you ask? ICANN (we pronounce it “eye-can”) is the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers. In a nutshell, it’s the organization that oversees anything and everything on the domain name system and strives for a stable and unified global internet.

First of all, without ICANN, we wouldn’t have you, #GenXYZ! ICANN rolled out the new domain extension program back in 2011, allowing for CEO and Founder Daniel Negari to bring .xyz to the world.

These conferences cover topics like new domain extensions, all the way to general internet outreach in emerging markets. Best of all, ICANN conferences are open to the public! If you’re interested in these topics (or just want to hang out with Team XYZ), stop by #ICANN51 in Hyatt Regency Century Plaza.

Not in LA? No worries! Follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, and we’ll keep you updated on all the .xyz activity at ICANN. Keep your eyes peeled for some purple fun :)