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,
Happy Wednesday, #GenXYZ!
We’re back to showcasing some of the amazing .xyz websites in the wild, and we’re delivering a special installment this week. We’re kicking off the fall with #WebsiteWednesday: International Edition.
One of the greatest things about the internet is how it connects people without hopping on a plane. Our first stop? Japan.
Brought to you by the mobile gaming giant, DeNA, is www.rumor.xyz. DeNA runs the largest mobile social networking platform with over 30 million users – and they’re introducing their freshest app (only 3 days old) with a .xyz domain name.
It reminds us a bit of Whisper, but it throws in the “social” aspect of social media that we all love. Ever feel like anonymously sharing a little secret or asking your friends something to see their reaction? Rumor lets you do just that. Check-out their promotional video for a glimpse into the newest app in Japan!
Our next stop is…Romania (did you see that coming?)
Advertigo is a modern branding and advertising agency that specializes in the building materials market. Their expertise in architecture and construction shines through in their sleek, newly designed website.
Even though they’re based in Romania, their reach is massive – their audience includes English, German, Romanian, Hungarian, Bulgarian, Russian, AND Chinese speakers. They’re also part of the E3 International Agency Network, which brings together the brightest in branding and communication from over 30 countries.
We have a lot in store for the fall, so stay tuned and drop us a line through Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. And last but not least, we’d like to give a special shout out to all of our Facebook followers. Each and every one of you helped us leap over the 3,000 follower milestone! Here’s to many more to come.
Hey there, #GenXYZ. We can’t believe August is almost wrapping up and Fall is right around the corner. What was the highlight of your summer? Ours was hands down launching .xyz in June, and watching it continue to expand as the world’s largest and fastest growing new domain extension. And that’s all thanks to your support, #GenXYZ!
As we’re getting a little nostalgic this time of week (it must be all the #tbt going on), we can’t think of a more appropriate time to walk down memory lane. And we’re taking it way back.
We know infographics are all the rage, so we took it a step further. Team XYZ is very excited to present our #tbt timeline infographic (timelinographic? infographline?): the Past, Present and Future of the Internet.
We hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed putting it together! After you throw down some impressive statistics about #selfies to your friends, don’t forget to spread the rest of the knowledge by sharing the infographic high and wide (conveniently with that link, just for you).
What are some other awesome facts about the internet that you know? Send us some nuggets of information through the usual social media channels of Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. We always look forward to hearing from you!
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Great news, #GenXYZ! While we’ve been highlighting awesome .xyz websites the past few weeks, we also wanted to break the news of a huge milestone that we hit with one of our innovative registrar partners, Hover. Hover is part of the Tucows family and is famous for their no-fuss and top-notch customer support.
It started earlier this month, when Hover kicked-off a special .xyz promotion:
We’ve got .xyz domains for just $5! Don’t mean to boast, but that’s the lowest price around. Search for yours: https://t.co/6WiWiZq5Yb
— Hover (@hover) August 1, 2014
There was an overwhelmingly enthusiastic response from Hover’s customers and after the first week of the promotion, we debuted on their Top 20 gTLDs list at #7. When the second week rolled around, we hopped over a couple to #5. And then the third week happened…and tweet! We wake up to the sweet sound of a Twitter notification that:
— Hover (@hover) August 18, 2014
According to Michael from Hover, “For the first time, the #2 spot is not being taken up by the classic TLDs .ORG or .NET, with newcomer .XYZ taking over that coveted spot.”
To say that taking over the #2 position from .net and .org is “big news” is an understatement. We’re still shy of 3 months old and we’re quickly proving that we can play ball with the big players.
We had a feeling that great things were happening when a giant like Hover, believed enough in .xyz to offer their customers such an amazing promotion. And even more rewarding is seeing live websites from users who bought their .xyz domains at Hover like www.chs.xyz (which we featured in last week’s #WebsiteWednesday).
We’re excited to be working with our awesome partners to grow #GenXYZ, and we can’t wait to break more news and world records with them!
Welcome to the next generation of the internet.
Powered by .xyz
How many times do you have to repeat something before you can say you’re on a roll? With so many creative sites ending in .xyz, we’re back with another episode of .xyz Websites in the Wild. On another Wednesday. Do I sense a theme here? We’re definitely on a roll.
The entire XYZ Team was excited to find this little gem of a website:
This handy-dandy site is a free URL shortening tool that not only does the obvious, but it instantaneously generates a QR code. It also gives you cool options like setting an expiration date, view click statistics (privately or publicly), or even customizing your shortened URL for a personalized touch.
Look how long that URL is! Plug it into ishe.xyz and BAM:
And good news for all our #GenXYZ developer friends out there – ishe.xyz offers its powerful API for free.
Test drive this amazing tool (no sign-in required) and share the knowledge (with a tweet)!
Another .xyz user is flexing his developer muscles with:
chs.xyz eliminates the hassle of downloading apps or lugging around your chess set (yes, I’m sure someone out there does). It’s a free multiplayer chess game that you can play straight from your browser!
Make sure to follow @chsxyz on Twitter to find out when a new chess game is about to start. You can even start one yourself :)
It’s so awesome to see sites like this that not only entertain, but also connect users across the vast world of the internet. The Generation XYZ® community truly is growing day by day, and we’re excited to see how it will evolve by the next time we have our #WebsiteWednesday.