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How’s it going, #GenXYZ?

We have a ton of exciting updates for you as we’ve been plugging away here at the XYZ headquarters, gearing up for the June 2 global launch of .xyz. Things are picking up at lightening speeds as the folks at VentureBeat covered our launch, and major brands like Facebook, Google, WordPress, and Chanel all snatched their .xyzs. More brands are following these early adopters, just showing how fast our #GenXYZ community is already growing!

If you’re getting antsy, take advantage of the .xyz Landrush phase.
With only hours left in the brand-exclusive Sunrise period, .xyz will be shifting into the Landrush phase, where brands and individuals can secure premium .xyz domain names before the general public. What kinds of cool .xyz names are up for grabs? Here’s a glimpse of a few of the awesome .xyz domain names that you could be the proud owner of, starting May 20:

-awesome.xyz
-chinese.xyz
-ecommerce.xyz
-entrepreneur.xyz
-exclusive.xyz
-hollywood.xyz
-skiing.xyz
-top10.xyz

Fourth ever .xyz website: dating.xyz
On another note. Is anyone out there dating? Or spy fans? We’re proud to introduce the fourth ever .xyz website – dating.xyz! Why dating.xyz? And spies…? Our UK readers might have already seen the 123-reg TV ads and are in the know. If not, be sure to keep an eye out for some awesome new promos on the tube (if you’re in the UK) – or just jump the gun and watch the clip below – and it will soon all make perfect sense. Don’t forget to have some fun with our spy name generator.

Call dibs on that .xyz domain name you’ve been eyeing.
Back to business. On top of premium Landrush registrations, you can pre-register your favorite .xyz domain names right now (think of it as calling dibs on the .xyz you want at the lowest, ~$10 general availability price) through retailers like GoDaddy, Network Solutions, 123-Reg, and Name.com. Come launch date on June 2, these fine folks will try their best and hardest to secure the .xyz domain name you pre-registered. Fret not – if they happen to let it slip, you will get a full refund (but still might have a little residual summertime sadness from losing that .xyz you were eyeing).

Everyone is invited! Join us in a live webinar.
As many of you know, our CEO Daniel Negari is the youngest registry operator at just 28 years old. Despite his young age, Daniel is a veteran investor who has done over $100 million in domain name transactions. He will be sharing his extensive knowledge of the domain name industry in a webinar this Wednesday, discussing everything from the value and challenges of new domain extensions, to pro tips on how to select a winning new TLD from the crowd.

Ascio presents: New gTLDs: Finding winners amongst the chaos
Featuring .xyz & .College CEO Daniel Negari
Wednesday, May 21 at 15:30 BST
Join the conversation and RSVP now

I think that just about covers (almost) everything we’ve been up to. We still have some exciting things cooking up for you #GenXYZ, so be sure to follow us on Twitter @xyz, Facebook, or Instagram for the most up-to-date .xyz news.

With our global launch just right around the corner, you’ll soon be seeing more .xyz domain names in that navigation bar of yours. What will you do with your .xyz? If you’re willing to share some of your crazy/amazing ideas (we won’t steal them, maybe) be sure to use #GenXYZ and tag us on the social media of your choice. If not, we can’t wait to see them once they’re live!

#GenXYZ, did you hear? .xyz’s main man, Daniel Negari, was featured on National Public Radio this morning. NPR!

NPR’s interview with Daniel aired earlier today on the Morning Edition, reaching over 10 million listeners. Were you one of them?

Now that the cat is really out of the bag, make sure to beat the rush by registering your favorite .xyz domain names now with some of our registrar partners like Name.comRegister.com, and Internet X. .xyz is currently accepting Sunrise registrations from trademark holders until May 20 and priority pre-registrations until we reach general availability on June 2.

Hear Daniel’s clip below, and be sure to check out the whole story at NPR. With news this big, there have already been a few follow up pieces written by the people over at DomainNameWire and TheDomains.

Things are happening, and they’re happening fast. Stay up-to-date by following us on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram @xyz.

Happy SXSW, #GenXYZ!

If you caught any of our recent tweets, you already saw glimpses of our bold purple man, officially known as a member of the #XYZsquad.

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For all you lucky people at SXSW (or the always envied Austin locals), keep your eyes peeled and cameras on for the elusive #XYZsquad this Sunday. If you catch them in the wild, take a photo and share it with us @XYZ on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #XYZsquad for a chance to win great prizes.

Not at SXSW? Not a problem. Retweet an #XYZsquad photo for your chance to win (and increasing the chance for the original tweeter to win — double winning).

Keeping Austin weird with the #XYZsquad — let’s do this!

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You’ve probably heard that the US women’s bobsled duo picked up a well-deserved silver medal in Sochi, but did you know who won the gold at the #XYZolympics? Let’s recap.

After we announced our official sponsorship of the New Zealand bobsled team, we wagered a friendly (yet possibly deadly) #XYZolympics bobsled bet against Name.com. They were represented by their Community Evangelist, Jared Ewy, while the big man himself, Daniel Negari, put his life on the line to compete on behalf of .xyz. Both parties quickly jumped into physical training, wardrobe selection, and some good ol’ fashion social media trash talking.

As promised, the camera crew followed the newly-minted bobsled athletes to Whistler, closely documenting the lead-up to the big race. A pre-race sneakpeak shows the two as they learned all the “worst case scenarios,” tips to avoid your underwear melting to your body (hint: roll, don’t slide), and the exciting reveal of the awesome bobsled with .xyz freshly painted across the nose.

Now for the bet.

As if catapulting down an icy course at 85 mph in a metal vessel wasn’t enough, Daniel and Jared added a little something more to increase the pressure — after all, they’re here to represent their brands.

If Jared wins, Daniel must “enthusiastically, to the point of harassment, talk about Name.com and how great it is,” all while wearing a bobsled helmet.

Upon Daniel’s triumph (naturally, as the domain extension for every website, everywhere), Jared must don the full-body .xyz. That meant, Jared must cover himself head-to-toe in .xyz stickers, for one whole day: the full-body .xyz.

They shook on it.

So who won the race? Check out this epic video as the two zip down the most dangerous bobsledding track in the world. And the best part? Catch all the drama, alleged scandal, and cashing in on the bet, as we conclude this season’s #XYZolympics.

Read up on the full story in our press release, which was picked up by WND.

With our launch just right around the corner, we have more exciting promotions up our sleeves (or should I say, up our purple suits…) As always, our eyes and ears are peeled for you guys, #GenXYZ, so connect with us and stay in the know by following @xyz and our Facebook and Instagram!

How’s it going, #GenXYZ?

We’re doing fantastic, by the way. We just made history by launching the first ever .xyz website to ever hit the internet. See for yourself at nic.xyz. The new-and-improved site has the same familiar look you all love, but we’ve added some awesome new design elements to make browsing more fun and interactive. Our highly-anticipated launch dates are now front and center on the homepage, and we’ve made it even easier to learn all about .xyz, read our featured press, and access our most important files.

In case you’re wondering how this is all possible, it’s because ICANN delegated .xyz to us on February 19th. Pretty cool, huh? And this is just the beginning. On March 20th, we will be launching our sunrise phase – an exclusive 60-day period that allows brands to get first dibs on their trademarks. Next comes the landrush. Between May 20th-31st, anyone can participate in priority registration to land the .xyz domain name of their dreams. And then…drumroll please…general availability starts on June 1st! That’s right, everyone all over the world will finally be able to register that short, flexible, and memorable .xyz domain they’ve been eyeing at an uber-competitive price.

When you register a .xyz, you’re getting more than just a domain name – you’re joining Generation XYZ®. No matter when you were born, where you live, or what you do on the internet, you are connected with every other #GenXYZer in our global community. We are creating choice, accessibility, and innovation online, and we can’t wait to see all of the amazing new sites that emerge from the next generation of internet users.

We’ve got a ton more exciting news to come, including a bobsled update from our fearless leader, Daniel Negari. Be the first to know by following us on Twitter @XYZ, and don’t forget to tag #GenXYZ on your social media platform of choice.