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Hey there, #GenXYZ! It’s that time of year to reflect back on the amazing year and plot away for the even better year ahead. Today, we’re excited to announce our very first Buzzfeed quiz and celebrate with a #WebsiteWednesday that will soon grace your bookmarks.

As a GenXYZer, we’re going to go on a limb and say that you just might enjoy the latest in tech news. With so many tech blogs that cover the latest and greatest, sometimes it’s difficult to keep up with well, everything. This week’s #WebsiteWednesday solves this little conundrum for us:

TechTalk.xyz

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Brought to you by the folks behind Minion Made, an innovative web development company based in New York, TechTalk.xyz curates the best of the freshest tech news with the help of their very own developers and technology buffs.

When asked why they chose their domain name, Vinny Galiano, CEO & Project Manager said:

 

“We think our TechTalk.xyz domain name showcases our intentions of covering technology from A to XYZ and beyond. We love our .XYZ domain‎ and more than anything, we think a .XYZ domain really shows just how the Internet is evolving for the better.”

 

The easiest way to get the best of the best in tech news? Be sure to follow TechTalk.xyz on Twitter @techtalkxyz!

And finally, we present to you, our very first Buzzfeed quiz! Take this quick personality test and we’ll match you with your new favorite website that you never knew existed.

Be sure to let us know on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram your results and what your new favorite website is!

Yesterday at 14:00 UTC (aka 2 pm London time), over 18,000 never-been-released .xyz domain names were made available – all at our regular standard price. How can this be, you ask?

Until now, these names were blocked from registering because of ICANN’s Name Collision issue. Simply put, these .xyz names were being used by internal servers in the pre-XYZ era, so ICANN blocked these names to prevent any potential conflicts between these and .xyz’s launch as a namespace open to the public.

Now that everything is cleared up behind-the-scenes, over 18,000 new, much-anticipated .xyz domain names were finally released yesterday! Did you snatch any great names from this list, #GenXYZ?


Things got pretty heated when the names dropped. Here are some stats so far:

  • Only 6 of the 100+ 3, 4 number .xyzs are available (hurry!)
  • Less than 800 3, 4 letter .xyz domain names are remaining (think OPI.xyz or Mine.xyz)
  • Major brands registered their trademarks, including Hermes, StumbleUpon, Twitter, and Wikipedia

Great keyword domains are going fast, but don’t fret! There’s still time to find thousands of hidden gems in the full release list. Need inspiration? Stay connected through Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for our #domainspiration updates!

Here are a few of our favorites to get your creative juices flowing for awesome .xyz domains to register (and still available as of 12/3 8 AM PST):

  • beige.xyz
  • milkyway.xyz
  • theone.xyz
  • blackhole.xyz
  • instantprofits.xyz

Are you the proud owner of a shiny new .xyz domain name? Let us know through all our social media channels @xyz and hashtag #GenXYZ!

 

Happy Wednesday, #GenXYZ! How’s the week been treating you?

With the holiday season right around the corner, we’ve been working hard for you, #GenXYZ, to keep growing .xyz as the go-to ending for domains all through 2014 and beyond. A lot has happened since our last post. Did you catch our #Movember Mo progress? Or CEO and Founder Daniel Negari’s latest blog post about small businesses?

Don’t forget to sign up for the .xyz newsletter to get the freshest news straight to your inbox.

And I think you know what’s coming up next: #WebsiteWednesday! We’ve covered a cornucopia of websites (that’s the Thanksgiving spirit speaking through us), and we aren’t showing any signs of slowing down. As the domain for every website, everywhere, we are always excited to see such a diverse range of websites going live!

This week, the spotlight is on music. .xyz domains are, of course, perfect for artist portfolios, but they’re also a great way to show off some tunes to your listeners.

HouseOfLords.xyzGoDaddy customer (Canada)

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House Of Lords is a Toronto-based music and design blog, bringing you carefully curated tracks and playlists. Are you a fan of house, hip-hop, or bass music? You won’t be disappointed with their selection, and what is more exciting than finding your new favorite song?! Check out their sleek site and follow their SoundCloud account for a midweek pick-me-up.

Unmapped.xyzGandi customer (France)

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From the other side of the world is Unmapped. Unmapped is an innovative music collective based in Paris, and performs widely across France, Germany, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece, and the U.S. Made up of eleven members, they’re the laboratory for the next generation of music. Focusing on technology and human interactivity, you surely will be listening to the music of the future when you check out Unmapped.xyz!

Did you discover any new favorite songs through these awesome .xyz websites, #GenXYZ? Share your favorites with us through Twitter and Facebook, and as always, let us know if you have any #WebsiteWednesday websites you’d like us to feature. Also, be sure to look forward to new .xyz videos coming out later this week!

If you could get your hands on a 3D printer, what would YOU make, #GenXYZ? With all the rage with 3D printing these days, some of us might overlook the important step before printing: designing. For this week’s #WebsiteWednesday, we had the opportunity to interview the CEO and self-proclaimed “80’s Movies Geek” of UMake.xyz, Evi Meyer.

UMake is an exciting startup based in Palo Alto, CA, launching the newest intuitive 3D design software – all through their awesome .xyz domain name. When deciding on a business name, they wanted something to reflect the flexibility and innovative quality of their product. And that’s exactly what they found with UMake.xyz.

For their online presence, Evi shared with us that “.xyz fit like a glove for [their] UMake brand. It has a double meaning: 1) XYZ can be anything ‘this X, that Y, and Z’ 2) XYZ are 3D space axes. This is exactly what we want our brand to reflect: You can make anything in 3D.”

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Now let’s dive-in with a few questions:

XYZ: What makes your product stand out from other 3D design software such as SketchUp or AutoCAD?

UMake: All of these tools are great and have influenced the design software space for many years. The difference between UMake and these software offerings is that:

  1. UMake is a super simple and intuitive app, as opposed to having a steep learning curve
  2. Anyone can use it, not only professionals
  3. It’s on mobile, where the touchscreen is key!

Mobile is where everyone is right now. We want to leverage the mobile platform and strengthen its position as the new standard for software experiences that cater to hobbyists and professionals.

X: You just launched your beta program. How are things going so far?

U: It’s very exciting for us to release something that we have put a ton of effort into. We’re starting to get initial data on how people are using our app and we’re getting tons of great ideas and suggestions from people that tell us how UMake can change the way people look at 3D design – that’s amazing and an interesting experience for us.

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X: Your team has an extremely impressive background and are all alums of Autodesk (for those who might not know, Autodesk is the industry leader in 3D design software). How has branching off and the experience of being a startup been?

U: All we can say is “Wow!” This is the most amazing experience we’ve all had in years. I think the freedom to do something you’re so passionate about, and build something, makes it an awesome experience. The uncertainty can sometimes be less pleasant, but that’s also what’s amazing about it – the process can surprise you and brings you to new heights.

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Well, there you have it, #GenXYZ. UMake is changing the face of 3D design and the team is working hard so YOU can seamlessly bring your ideas to life. UMake is looking to add more talented people like you who want to test-drive new design experiences and help improve UMake. This is a great opportunity for designers to try something new. Sign up for the beta program on UMake.xyz now!

Fun fact: they also registered “YouMake.xyz”, just in case some of us might type it in that way. YouMake.xyz will automatically redirect you to their proper site, UMake.xyz. What a great strategy!

Are there any other .xyz websites that you’d like Team XYZ to have a fireside chat with? Let us know through Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and tag #GenXYZ.

As you can tell, we’re all about teamwork here at .xyz. Our CEO Daniel Negari revealed some of the team’s background in a recent blog post, aptly titled: The team that is changing the internet. Just like any other venture or project, collaboration gives you huge strides towards innovation and success. For today’s #WebsiteWednesday, that’s exactly the theme we’re going with: collaboration.

We’re introducing two sites that are taking a new approach on the familiar subjects of business and dance. Taking collaboration and the advantages of the internet hand-in-hand, these sites are paving the way and building their own genres of websites. And they’re in both very different industries. Their commonality? Their .xyz domain, of course!

We love talking about our favorite .xyz websites, but we’re going to hand the reins over to the creators this time. How they describe their sites is a must-read! Be sure to check out their sites for the full deets.

Iris.xyz – Go France Domains customer (United Sates)

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IRIS
is a collection of vetted experts, in unique areas that offer information and services to make managing your business and interacting with your clients more impactful. We also offer a little candy that will help make your clients even stickier.

IRIS is not about the people behind it, it’s about all of the experts on the site sharing their knowledge and giving you something new and different to absorb and think about. Pardon us if we’re a little disruptive along the way—after all, we do want your attention.

xyznyc.xyz – Dreamhost customer (United States)

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xyz nyc is a new approach to modern dance-making in New York City. Bringing the choreographic process to a reality-TV-inspired format, we invite modern dance-makers to meet for the first time and create an entirely new performance-ready piece in a single week.

The dance audience community needs new life, too. How do we open up our community in a welcoming way? How do we address the common feeling that modern, avant-garde dance is confusing, boring, and impossible to “get” (unless one has a degree in dance) without compromising the integrity of the work? xyz nyc encompasses dances in a format familiar to almost everyone- a television game show.

What do you think of this week’s #WebsiteWednesday, #GenXYZ? Drop us a line on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and let us know what you’re thinking!

ICYMI, .xyz had two pumpkin carving contests last week. One was held at XYZ HQ, and the other was the #DynaXYZCarveOff: a virtual contest against our friends at Dynadot. Which one was your favorite pumpkin? Let us know your vote in our .xyz Pumpkin Carving photo album!

Until next time!

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.

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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.

What was your guess for the 555,555th .xyz domain, #GenXYZ?

Drumroll, please…

The 555,555th .xyz registration was:
BrewIt.xyz

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:

Resl.xyz – GoDaddy customer (Austria)
by Moritz Resl

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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.

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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.

Would YOU like to have your brand new .xyz website featured on #WebsiteWednesday? Give us a shoutout with your .xyz domain on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, and we’ll take it from there.

We have a lot in store for you this month. Hang tight! Until next time, #GenXYZ!

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.

Rumor.xyz 
by DeNA

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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.xyz – GoDaddy customer (Romania)
by Advertigo

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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.