At XYZ, we continue to be committed to the Chinese market and are making significant strides towards becoming one of the few officially recognized domain extensions in China! From major tech giants, startups, all the way to individual internet users, .xyz domains are being adopted and will only continue to spread across the world.
Since our launch over a year ago, .xyz has maintained its position as the most popular new global domain, with 32% of all .xyz registrations coming from China. It’s amazing to see the support from the Chinese market through domains like 8.xyz, which was recently auctioned off in Macau for ¥521,000 RMB (appx $81,000 USD).
As we get closer and closer to becoming China-official, we want to make sure that you’re registering your names, business ideas, keywords, hobbies, or future projects in .xyz at your favorite Chinese domain retailer. This way, you and your websites are ready to go live in China when the time comes – and we can’t wait to see them featured alongside our current favorites on gen.xyz/live.
P.S. If you’re already an owner of .xyz domains, please be sure to renew and use them. We wouldn’t want you to release the great domains names you’ve already secured. Thank you for your support.
With so many awesome live sites going up everyday, we wanted to celebrate the growing #GenXYZ community by revamping our community showcase page, gen.xyz/live! This page is a compilation of our favorite .xyz sites from around the world. Can you find your favorites here?
Believe us, picking our favorites was not easy. Since our last update, the #GenXYZ community has boomed with thousands of diverse sites to choose from! In this update, you’ll find all types of sites for startups and businesses, online communities, portfolios, and more.
In case you’re just tuning in, #GenXYZ is the global community of innovative .xyz users. Since launching last year, we’ve seen #GenXYZ build incredible sites, show off their personal .xyz email addresses, and even incorporate their domains into their social media handles.
It motivates us every day seeing all the unique ways internet users are growing their online presence. This hub is our way to highlight the awesome .xyz sites that have inspired us to continue to operate the domain for every website, everywhere. So if you haven’t yet, check out gen.xyz/live to look through some of our favorite websites.
To have your favorite .xyz website featured, email us at hello [at] gen.xyz or tweet us at @xyz!
Does that header up there look a little different to you, #GenXYZ? That’s because we just revamped our website with fresh new features – and look – to introduce a whole new side of us that you’ve never seen before!
Just as that bright green “Register” button hints, you can now register your favorite .xyz domains right here at gen.xyz.
And it doesn’t stop here! We have a lot more in the pipeline for you, so gen.xyz is a one-stop-shop for everything .xyz. On top of the latest and greatest news on .xyz, you’ll be able to set-up your hosting and indulge in awesome website builder tools to go with your shiny new domains.
Can’t wait ‘til these new features go live? Make sure you’re getting our newsletter to be the first-to-know about .xyz updates!
Now that you know what’s up, it’s time to test things out. Search for the domain name you’ve always wanted:
Innovation is everywhere. Well, almost. It’s not exactly a piece of cake to conjure up the next big thing, but without innovative and disruptive technologies, we’d live in a much different world. Just think: what if we still traveled by horse and buggy, paid for everything in cash, or actually *gasp* had to use pay phones?
Thanks to groundbreaking, industry-shattering new technology, our world has been driven to change as a result of innovate ideas and products that we never knew we needed. That’s why our world looks nothing like the one we just described!
Even just looking back to 1985 in our Past, Present, and Future of the Internet infographic, it’s clear that a LOT has changed. And with 2014 in the rearview mirror, we thought now would be a great time to reflect on just how different things are, and what it has taken to get us to 2015.
What do you think have been the most radical and greatest disruptors in history? Read along to find out what inventions, products, brands, or innovative concepts were deemed worthy to be included in our History of Innovation:
Before Mercedes-Benz was the luxury brand it is today, Benz and Daimler changed how we traveled forever by inventing the first automobile. How did people get around before that? The train if they were lucky, otherwise there was always the good ol’ horse and buggy.1
Remember when coin purses were stylish and balancing your checkbook was a thing? Us neither. Thank Bank of America for modernizing the transaction process with the first-ever statewide credit card, which opened even more doors to ways we transfer money, regardless of currency.2
It’s the one thing you can’t live without and chances are you didn’t even grow up with it. The cell phone, first introduced by Motorola, has been one of the most disruptive technologies for over three decades now. Rotary phones? Aren’t those, like, ironic paperweights?3
The Dewey Decimal Classification – that’s how we used to search for books. Not sure if the novel was up your alley? Tough luck. As one of the first ever online stores, Amazon revolutionized the way we buy books (and just about everything else), by making it easier to search, read reviews, and get the best pricing from the comfort of our homes.4
Ah, America’s favorite past time. The average customer watches Netflix for 93 minutes per day and consumes 45 gigabytes of footage per month – all for less than eight bucks. Before that, we were begging Blockbuster employees to take our $20 just so we could be the first to rent some movies for a couple days. Times really have changed.5
The 8-track, cassette tape, CD, and MP3. Each one was disruptive for being smaller and better than its predecessor, while also being cheaper. In fact, the MP3 was SO cheap that some people were illegally downloading them for free. iTunes changed all that by conveniently offering huge collections of music for just $1 a pop, and people couldn’t get enough of it.6
Quick – what year did Evan Spiegel found Snapchat? You probably didn’t know the answer, but Wikipedia sure did. Imagine if you had to wait until next year’s encyclopedia to be published to find out. And would it be under “Spiegel” or “Snapchat” anyway? Good thing you don’t have to worry about that with Wikipedia just a free click away.7
Booking a family vacation? Hopefully you don’t get sick of each other when you’re cramped in one room and sharing the same bathroom for a week. But what if you could rent a real home with three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a driveway for the same price as the hotel across the street? Enter Airbnb, the disruptive service that allows anyone to rent out their place without the exorbitant valet rates.8
If there was ever a modern technology that was universally loved and hated at the same time, it would be Uber. This ingenious service has changed how people get around town by hiring certified drivers using their own cars. Not only is it cheaper and more reliable than the average cab, but your personal driver is always just a tap away. No wonder taxi companies hate them.9
It never feels like our internet is fast enough, even when we’re dropping some major coin for the service. Google must’ve felt the same way because they started their own internet service that’s up to 10x faster than even the best broadband today, but at a fraction of the cost. It looks like the incumbents noticed, because they’re doing everything they can to slow Google down now.10
We’ve all heard of .com, .net, and .org. Why? Because they’ve been just about everywhere since 1985. And that’s great if you got the domain you wanted back then, but what about the new businesses of the 21st century? Everyone deserves a fair shake at a short and memorable domain, and that’s where .xyz comes in. It’s the ending of the alphabet and the new ending for domains. Best of all, you can pick one up now and still have lunch money to spare.
Was your favorite innovation included? For your sharing ease, check-out the full infographic of the History of Innovation here. We hoped you enjoyed it as much as we enjoyed putting it together!