Hey there, #GenXYZ!
— XYZ (@xyz) October 13, 2014
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.
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.
What was your guess for the 555,555th .xyz domain, #GenXYZ?
The 555,555th .xyz registration was:
With all of the buzz we’ve been getting for having the most number of active websites, Team XYZ has also been receiving a lot of great questions about how to use your shiny new .xyz domain name.
We thought it’d be perfect to answer one of the most frequently asked questions with none other than a new edition of #WebsiteWednesday.
So, here is our most frequently asked question:
As an individual, what can I do with my .xyz domain name except having a blog?
An excellent way to use your .xyz domain is to show-off your ideas and skills. Are there any artists out there? Artists, photographers, architects, animators, writers? Your .xyz is the perfect platform to build your growing portfolio:
Moritz Resl is a multidisciplinary artist and designer from Vienna, Austria, based in New York City. He takes an innovative take on a portfolio and created an awesome site that’s interactive and eye-catching. It’s easy to spend a good chunk of time awing at his work on resl.xyz.
Resl’s work has been featured on Dezeen, Gizmodo, The New York Times, The Verge, and more. And he chose his .xyz website as the centerpiece to showcase his growing body of art.
Another popular way to use your .xyz domain name is as a custom email address that your entire family can enjoy. Just think. If a certain famous rapper registered West.xyz, he can match his daughter with Kanye@West.xyz and North@West.xyz.
Already registered your LastName.xyz? Check out XYZ101 for a step-by-step on how to set-up your snazzy new email address.
We have a lot in store for you this month. Hang tight! Until next time, #GenXYZ!
Time sure flies when you’re working on the next big thing. And it makes it all worthwhile when we see internet users everywhere with their .xyz domain names.
We might only be 4 months young, but .xyz continues to be the most popular and fastest growing new domain extension. According to the latest stats, there are 549,851 .xyz domains registered and 98,883 active .xyz websites.
That means we’re quickly approaching 100,000 ACTIVE .xyz websites!
That’s more than double our nearest competitor, meaning #GenXYZ, you’re leading the pack with creating amazing websites for everyone to enjoy.
As our CEO and Founder Daniel Negari pointed out, the success of a domain extension cannot be measured purely by registration numbers. What’s more important is to look at how the domains are actively being used by real people like you, #GenXYZ. You can read more about this on Daniel’s blog post titled: .xyz is the most used gTLD – Boooooooom!
On a fun sidenote, any guesses on what the 555,555th .xyz registration will be? Here are what some of us at the XYZ headquarters are thinking:
Ahoy there, #GenXYZ! (There seems to be some residual Talk Like a Pirate Day left in us.)
2014 continues to be a landmark year for the internet, with yet another HUGE milestone that we are proud to say we are part of.
Earlier this week, the internet hit the one billion website mark. One BILLION.
What was .xyz’s role in this, you ask? We first heard about this breaking news through a major outlet, which also gave .xyz an awesome shoutout. And a spot on The Washington Post! What did it say about us, #GenXYZ? The internet now has a billion websites, and “of those, domains ending in .xyz saw the greatest growth.”
So, it’s WashPost official: .xyz is seeing the greatest growth in the expansive internet universe. If you’re like us, it’s difficult to wrap your head around that big one billion number. Think about it this way. One second is easy to image – now how about one billion seconds? One billion seconds ago, it was 1983 – and that takes us aaall the way back to a time where there was no such thing as the internet.
As the number of websites keeps rising (you can check-out the live ticker at InternetLiveStats.com), so does the number of innovative new .xyz websites. Speaking of innovative new websites, we can’t forget about #WebsiteWednesday!
This week, we are very excited to introduce:
Originally Homeless-International.org, Reall is a UK-based organization that’s taking a truly unique approach to improve the housing conditions in slums across the world. By being the extra supportive backbone behind groups in these communities, Reall helps them out with everything from starting-up, technical support, all the way to achieving financial stability to keep them going on their own.
As an organization that takes such an innovative approach to helping these communities in Asia and Africa, they looked no further than choosing a .xyz domain to catapult their fresh rebrand. They wanted a new brand – and a matching domain name – to reflect their unique brand and stand out from the crowd. And that they did.
Reall’s vision is a world where everyone has access to basic services and housing. That’s definitely a world we’d like to see as well. Show your support by learning more at Reall.xyz and see how you can play a part in this amazing organization.
The fall has certainly kicked-off with a bang, and we have so many more exciting news to share with you, #GenXYZ! Don’t forget to follow us @xyz on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook for all the nitty-gritty (and more) on us.
All the buzz these days is something near and dear to our hearts – and that’s the topic of Net Neutrality. Here at .xyz, our core mission to provide the most affordable and flexible domain extension is rooted in the same principles as Net Neutrality. Regardless of age, location, or interests, everyone should have equal access to the internet.
The internet is one of the world’s greatest inventions that allows us to connect, share ideas, conduct business, and even spur social change from our living room or a cafe. Here in the US, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is trying to set new rules that essentially give Internet Service Providers (like AT&T, Verizon, and Comcast) the ability to charge HUGE amounts of money in order to get faster internet. Equal access – the backbone of Net Neutrality – is taken away if this ruling goes through.
What does that mean for you, #GenXYZ? Say you’re ready to take your amazing new venture online. Today, you register your .xyz domain, build an awesome website, and start promoting your business. That’s the beauty of the internet – it makes it easy for individuals like Nader.xyz to showcase his portfolio, build his business, and get found online.
Now, if the new FCC rules are put into place, individuals and businesses will all of a sudden be asked to pay a premium for the bandwidth and service they already signed up for. That’s like waiting in line at the buffet and watching people cut in front of you because they tipped the server.
What do you do when a website doesn’t load for even 15 seconds?
….Exactly. You’ll move on. Unless you can shell out potentially big bucks, visitors will turn away from your site because the faster internet speeds will be reserved for the guys that are willing to pay more for it.
The FCC accepted public comments and almost 3.7 million poured in (that’s equal to the entire population of Los Angeles)! And the majority are in support of Net Neutrality. Join us, #GenXYZ, in fighting for Net Neutrality. First step? Visit SaveTheInternet.com to learn more and take action.
We promise to continue to offer .xyz as the most affordable and flexible domain extension for every website, everywhere, so YOU have the power to shape and grow your place on the internet. As the only global domain extension that gives unlimited choice to individuals and businesses alike, Net Neutrality is what we strive for.
In support of Net Neutrality,