This week’s #WebsiteWednesday is coming to you from NamesCon in Las Vegas! Things are winding down here but we have had an amazing time. Some fantastic .xyz domains killed it at the NamesCon 2016 Live Auction hosted by RightOfTheDot and NameJet – but more importantly we had a blast. Can’t wait to come back next year!
We chose to highlight DoTell.xyz this week after realizing how much we would have appreciated using their app at NamesCon. At big, crowded conferences it can take a hero’s effort to stay up to date on the many events and meet-ups we want to attend. The ability to communicate well with individuals or groups is key to social success. With their focus on integration, DoTell.xyz has revolutionized what you can do with messaging to bring it up to speed with the 21st century.
DoTell.xyz makes messaging a more comprehensive, direct experience for their users. Instead of having to leave your message window to share photos, locations, links, etc. you can do it all in the same place. If you think about how much we use messaging… this is a big deal!
“Messaging is the most engaged app in the smartphone. We all use it, everyday. More than half a billion people access messaging on their smartphones every hour.” –DoTell.xyz
Not only does this app make your messaging more efficient – it means you can be more effective with what you send. At the end of the day, finding ways to be more efficient is great…but finding ways to be more effective is revolutionary.
DoTell.xyz was also able to use their new domain to align their social media perfectly with their name. When the dotell handle was unavailable, they switched from www.twitter.com/getdotell to dotellxyz – setting themselves up for an excellent marketing strategy and brand recognition with their .xyz site.
Congrats DoTell.xyz – we will keep an eye on the great work you’re doing!
Happy New Year, GenXYZ! It is clear that 2016 will be a year of exponential growth and advancements in consumer technology. We’ve been hearing about self-driving cars, robots, and internet in the sky, and this year is sure to bring pivotal tech developments that will serve as the foundation for a future of innovation and intelligence.
One of the most popular tech trends starting to surface in 2016 is Virtual or Augmented Reality. This is technology that artificially creates sensory experiences including sight, hearing, touch, and smell – which brings us to our newest addition to the #GenXYZ Family: Lune.xyz
Lune.xyz is an interactive digital marketing agency based in Wrocław, Poland, that employs new cutting-edge Virtual Reality technology to connect consumers with products. That means brands can give their consumers interactive applications and games, pyramid holographic visualizations, interactive mappings, any any other VR tools to build consumer trust and promote their ideas.
We find such intelligent juxtaposition in this choice of domain and domain extension, as the X, Y, and Z axis lines of the Cartesian coordinate system define the 3-dimensional space in which a spherical lune can be described.
To put it simply, the key to Virtual Reality Technology is to look at things in the context of XYZ – BOOM!
You may have heard about VR before, or even had a chance to try it out, but up until now the concept of experiencing Virtual Reality was mostly in the context of gaming and entertainment. Lune.xyz is honing in on a very exciting opportunity for the new year and for this new technology… and they have their short, memorable, four letter .xyz domain to do it. Well done, Lune.xyz!
Speaking of short and memorable domains, we hope you are all ready for the exciting premium domains release tomorrow! That’s right, if you have not already heard, we are releasing all .xyz and .College premium domains to the public for registration tomorrow at 14:00 UTC. Check out our premium domains blog post for more details, and hurry to www.gen.xyz tomorrow to register your premium domains before somebody else does!
One of the most commonly broken New Year’s Resolutions out there is to “learn something new.” These days – with fast paced lives and busy schedules – it’s tough to find time for that unfinished book or stay up to date on the news. This challenge is what has led to the rapid growth of the audio entertainment industry, and it brings us to this week’s #WebsiteWednesday: Elon.xyz.
Recently featured on Product Hunt (a curation of the latest websites, apps, and technology products today), Elon.xyz is a platform where users can submit articles, turn them into beautifully narrated audio recordings, and then listen to them at their leisure. That means you don’t need to wait until your workday is over to read about what’s happening in the world today; you can enjoy your favorite blogs and articles while you work!
When it comes to creating a narration, the opportunities are endless. We’ve seen the audio world open up to a myriad of new genres, with podcasts for personal stories, murder mysteries, historical events, stand up comedy…the list goes on and on. With Elon.xyz, you no longer have to wait for your favorite content to appear on the latest podcast feeds – the audio world is your proverbial oyster.
Creator Alan Garrec has hit the nail on the head when it comes to using technology to make life easier and more efficient, and he did it using his short, memorable .xyz domain name. Curious why they chose this particular name? Here’s what they had to say about their domain:
“As any startup knows finding a decent .com is either very time consuming or very costly. We literally just tried punching in various names and found Elon.xyz was available for $1, so it stuck”
We know how challenging the startup grind can be. We also know the importance of a domain name when it comes to a young company’s success. Well done Elon.xyz for finding a creative solution to a problem that plagues too many young entrepreneurs! And thanks to them, tackling some of that reading list won’t just be another New Year’s Resolution that you never quite get to. Get a head start this year and start submitting your favorite articles now!
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Even though we’re all excited about the holidays, this season can be tough on your stress levels – and your wallet. But this week’s #WebsiteWednesday, Dropit.xyz, takes your typical holiday shopping experience and turns it upside down – making gift giving less stressful and more fun!
Dropit is an app and website featuring a radical new reverse auction that makes online shopping more thrilling for its users. Here’s how it works: reverse auctions drop in price during a 60 second countdown – the longer an auction lasts, the cheaper the item becomes. The key is to weigh how much you want the item versus how long you are willing to wait for the price to drop.
The result is “a great gaming experience for shoppers” says Dropit’s chief executive and marketing manager, Peter Howell. “Dropit is like nothing else on the market today, it’s fast, it’s super exciting and the items are all premium.”
Another benefit to Dropit: Bonus Bucks. Not only can you save tons of money with Dropit, but you’ll also earn Bonus Bucks for every second that passes while you’re participating in an auction. Your earnings can then be used at the end of every month to win items in special Bonus Bucks auctions. So even if you don’t snag the item you originally wanted, you still win by racking up some Bonus Bucks to be used later.
Needless to say, the creators of Dropit have found an innovative way to change the way we shop… and the buzz is spreading! We’ve been told by our friends in New Zealand, where Dropit was founded, that they’ve already heard primetime radio ads for the new company. So next time you’re looking for the perfect gift, give your wallet and your blood pressure a break and check out Dropit.xyz.
Just 3 months ago, we met Hunter Scarborough at a local event called the SoCal Domainers Meetup. This name might ring a bell for several #GenXYZ readers, because Hunter is the CEO of a recent #WebsiteWednesday, Voter.xyz – also known as the matchmaking app for politics.
Since featuring this next generation app on our #WebsiteWednesday – which launched in September this year – Voter has gone off to quickly gain 30,000 users and caught the attention of huge publications like TechCrunch, Fast Company, and the Daily Dot.
We couldn’t help but highlight these accomplishments by Voter.xyz and Hunter – a young and ambitious CEO at only 24 years old – with a #WebsiteWednesday to congratulate and wish them even greater success to come!
With their Android version launching in February, the Voter team has a lot to look forward to. Catch up with all of the latest Voter news in the publications listed right above, and don’t forget to download the free app yourselves. Who knows – you just might meet your perfect political candidate match today.
This month, we’ve been honored to be part of two exciting hackathons from coast-to-coast: from Boston Hacks at Boston University, to the very far west at the University of Southern California’s HackSC. With apps, software, and websites all around us in our daily lives, it’s no wonder why so many students are striving to become the next best developer!
With their mission to make learning code fun for all ages, HackForPlay.xyz developed an “action RPG” game to do just that. While it might look like a run-of-the-mill role-playing game, you have to get creative and “hack” the code to defeat your enemies and pass through roadblocks.
Established in 2014, Hack For Play hosts training programs for students and has already received awards for their innovative workshops. In a country where people use mobile devices a lot more than computers, it isn’t uncommon to find elementary and middle school kids who haven’t even learned how to type yet.
But through Hack For Play, they learn to swiftly navigate the keyboard, conquer their RPG stages by manipulating the code, and before you know it (and even the students themselves), they’ve become junior programmers!
The game itself is free for anyone through their website. What’s awesome is how the creators also host workshops for these pre-teen kids, and on occasion, even sessions where the kids partner up with their parents to conquer the slimes, dragons, and monsters with code.
Do you have what it takes to clear the stages of HackForPlay.xyz? Test it out yourself and let us know how you fare – we’re all ears @XYZ.
We’ve blogged about different businesses and apps in the #GenXYZ community, so this week, we wanted to dive into the part that comes before the business: side projects!
Usually practiced outside of your day job, side projects are a great way to explore an interest, grow creatively, and fail without risks. But even with all of these benefits, so many side projects don’t end up crossing the finish line because of the lack of time or helping hands.
Built on the Slack messaging platform, Sideproject.xyz is an online community for anyone who wants to be involved in tech projects. It’s a dynamic hub to bounce around ideas, get involved in projects, seek feedback on prototypes, or even promote your final product.
Meta funfact: Sideproject.xyz is itself a side project of Hyper, an Australian app development company that caters towards startups.
If you’re working on any side projects, we’d love to hear about them. Tweet at @xyz to share!
This week, we’re excited to feature two of the newest #GenXYZ companies that share the ultimate goal of making lives easier with technology. Not only do they both lie at the intersection of health and technology, they both also recently rebranded with their short and memorable .xyz domain.
This startup from Israel used to call Temp-drop.com their main web address, but now they’ve dropped the hyphen and rebranded to Tempdrop.xyz. Try searching “temp drop” or “tempdrop” on Google and you’ll notice that Tempdrop.xyz ranks first!
Featured in TechCrunch, Tempdrop is a wearable thermometer that makes fertility tracking much, much easier. Simple and convenient, this little device automatically measures and logs your body temperature and sleep cycles.
Next up is an established nonprofit organization, which has been around for more than 20 years.
Originally on a subdomain, Engage started off with Engage.INHS.org, made the move to ThinkEngage.com, and most recently, to Engage.xyz. And in addition to their web address, they’re marketing their rebranding through new email addresses ([email protected]) and by updating their social media profiles with their new domain!
So what exactly does Engage do? Engage is an American healthcare IT solutions company that helps hospitals advance their technology systems to make everything from data migration to accessing patient information more efficient. They are also one of MEDITECH’s largest hosting companies, which is a technology platform that is installed throughout healthcare organizations. To learn more about Engage and their rebranding, check out this article from The Domains.
Tempdrop and Engage are both great examples of how you can get a short and memorable domain for your business. Whether you’re a startup or an established business – located in the US or Israel – any type of business can revamp their online presence with a .xyz domain name.
Have you seen any startups or businesses make the domain name switch? Let us know @xyz!
Election season excitement is back here in the US. But did you know? Even with all the media coverage and political chatter, last national election saw the lowest voter turnout in 72 years!
Hunter Scarborough wants to solve this issue of low voter turnout with his Tinder-meets-politics app called Voter. At his previous job, he was working 12-14 hour days and didn’t have time to research quality news to make an informed vote. To help the rest of us busy Americans, he looked to technology to develop an app that would allow us to quickly (and enjoyably) make informed decisions.
Team XYZ recently had the opportunity to meet Hunter at our SoCal Domainers Meetup where he told us the backstory to Voter. It must’ve been fate that brought us together, because he was in the midst of the transition from Voterapp.us to Voter.xyz!
New to the #GenXYZ family, Hunter let us pick his brain about his new company.
Hunter: During the 2012 presidential race, I became frustrated by how difficult it was to find political news sources I could trust. I wasn’t going to vote based on a soundbite from an uncle or a news anchor, and the only alternative was time consuming personal research.
I thought there had to be a way to leverage technology to give me confidence in who I was voting for.
Looking at the wealth of raw political data becoming available, I developed the concept for Voter, essentially online dating, for politics :) In order to keep things fast-paced and engaging on a topic that is usually anything but, we applied a tinder-style UI, where users simply swipe cards to indicate their positions on political issues.
H: We felt it was important to have a hub, where users and potential users can go to get information about Voter, where they can download it, and how it works. We are planning to expand the site into an online version of the mobile app, giving the Voter platform broader accessibility.
H: Switching to .xyz was a no-brainer, especially after Google’s decision to put Alphabet on .xyz. Voter.xyz is more concise, flows better, and has three important implications which help convey the company’s message:
H: We are big fans of .xyz, and are proud to be using the domain :) Greatly enjoyed meeting Daniel and the XYZ team last month!
Check out the newly released Voter promo video:
And that’s it from us! Don’t forget to download Hunter’s app at Voter.xyz and find your political match.
Do you know who you’ll be voting for this season? Send us a tweet at @XYZ!
It’s been a hot week here at XYZ’s sunny Santa Monica office, so we’re beyond excited for the fall cool down. As summer is ending, we all know what’s on the minds of students, parents, and teachers: back to school. (Not to mention, we’re pretty stoked for college football to come back, too!)
Speaking of going back to school, this week’s #WebsiteWednesday is dedicated to unique ways students can use their .xyz domain. Whether you’re a student looking to show off your skills, a high school student applying to college, or even a group running a project, having an online presence is the key to standing out.
That’s exactly what employers are doing when you’re a prospective employee. You might be thinking “eeks!” but no worries – this can be a good thing! Having a website for yourself or your organization is the perfect way to express yourself beyond the standard resume or job application. Protip: Make sure your domain name is relevant to you or your project and is memorable!
We’ve seen a lot of student sites being used as resumes, so here are 2 unique examples of students rocking their .xyz domains. We also love these because they incorporate XYZ into their social media accounts for a cohesive look across all their online channels! Talk about brand savviness.
Currently a college student, Melanie uses her website as a portfolio, blog, and resume. With an interest in marketing and design, her website shows off her creative thinking, projects, and fun facts about herself. (Bonus: have you seen her adorable pet hedgehog?)
Remember, you don’t even need to be a developer to have a website. Melanie is using Squarespace to power her site, and there are loads of other web builder options like WordPress and Wix.
Ubique is unique because they are an Australian high school organization that uses their website as a online platform for their student magazine. It’s been some time since the XYZ team has been in high school, but we sure didn’t have anything like this back then!
Submit it to The Challenge! We’re awarding $1,000 to the best registered .COM and .XYZ domain. Submissions close 9/3/15, so hurry!