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“.xyz is for every website, everywhere. We really mean that,” said our CEO Daniel Negari in his blog post addressing our strong support for free speech, privacy protection, and anti-censorship.

Whether it’s by pioneering the process for Chinese registrants to get online for the first time or raising awareness for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, our goal here at XYZ is to allow YOU to have the web presence you’ve always wanted.

Despite speculation by the media, rest assured that we will NOT censor your domains. The “banned list” that supposedly blocks liberty.xyz or statueofliberty.xyz from being registered? That doesn’t exist. Don’t believe us? Try visiting the websites yourself.

We’re very excited about the progress we have made to soon become accredited in China. This will make .xyz one of the very first new domain extensions that can actually be used by the people of China. With our goal of bringing the next generation of internet users online, this is a huge step forward for us.

As an organization who truly supports freedom of speech and anti-censorship for #GenXYZ and all internet users around the world, we want to formally state and stand strong alongside what we believe.

Check out CEO Daniel Negari’s article, and be sure to “like” the post if you also support freedom of speech for all.

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.

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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?

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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.

What is #GenXYZ?

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!

This past summer, we challenged internet users from across the country to submit their best .COM or .XYZ domain name. After a great Round 1, we’re excited to announce the winners of Round 2. Things definitely heated up with this final batch of submissions!

But before we announce the winners, we want to give a huge thanks and a digital round of applause to our 3 judges who spent this past weekend picking out our 2 winners.

  • Konstantinos Zournas – He’s a seasoned veteran in the domain space and is most known for his blog, OnlineDomain. You probably also recognize his name because he judged both rounds of The Challenge!
  • Morgan Linton – Such a versatile guy. Not only does he run a successful domain blog, he also runs a fashion startup with his wife.
  • Jason Thompson – If you live in Southern California and are involved in the domain industry, you’ve probably met Jason. When he’s not busy with DNPimping, he organizes the SoCal Domainers Meetup group.

Time for the winners

Drum roll please…

The best .COM domain goes to REFLECTIVESUNGLASSES.COM

When asked why this domain is the best, this .COM winner said:

“Reflective Sunglasses” is a popular exact match keyword with 1,080 Monthly Searches, High Competition and $1.37 suggestive bid from Google Adwords.

And the best .XYZ domain goes to CRUNCH.XYZ

When asked why this was a winning domain, Morgan Linton replied:

“I like Crunch.xyz because it is a solid generic one-word domain that could be used in just about any industry. It’s easy to remember, easy to spell, and has great branding potential.”

Having registered many domains in the past, this Challenge taker is in-the-know with what makes a good domain.

Curious about the other submissions?

There were so many great submissions (and by great we mean everything from short, brandable domains to clever, quirky, and just straight up unique domains), we would be doing a disservice to #GenXYZ if we didn’t share.

Along with some interesting survey findings, we will publish all submissions in an upcoming blog post. Stay tuned!

What do you think of the winners? Leave a comment or tweet us @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.

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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:

The History of Innovation

1885 – Benz automobile

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

1958 – Bank of America credit card

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

1983 – Motorola cell phone

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

1992 – Amazon online shopping

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

1997 – Netflix online videos

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

2001 – iTunes media player

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

2001 – Wikipedia internet encyclopedia

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

2008 – Airbnb social vacation rentals

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

2009 – Uber transportation network

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

2011 – Google Fiber internet service

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

2014 – .xyz domain names

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!

Sources:

  1. Daimler AG. (n.d.). Tradition. Retrieved from http://www.daimler.com/company/tradition
  2. Visa Inc. (n.d.). History of Visa. Retrieved from http://usa.visa.com/about-visa/our-business/history-of-visa.jsp
  3. Motorola Solutions, Inc. (n.d.). Cell Phone Development. Retrieved from http://www.motorolasolutions.com/US-EN/About/Company+Overview/History/Explore+Motorola+Heritage/Cell+Phone+Development
  4. Amazon.com, Inc. (n.d). About Amazon. Retrieved from http://www.amazon.com/Careers-Homepage/b?ie=UTF8&node=239364011
  5. Roettgers, J. (2014, September 25). Binge alert: Subscribers now watch more than 90 minutes of Netflix every single day. Gigacom, Inc. Retrieved from http://www.gigaom.com/2014/09/25/binge-alert-subscribers-now-watch-more-than-90-minutes-of-netflix-every-single-day/
  6. Apple, Inc. (2001, January 9). Apple Introduces iTunes – World’s Best and Easiest To Use Jukebox Software [Press Release]. Retrieved from http://www.apple.com/pr/library/2001/01/09Apple-Introduces-iTunes-Worlds-Best-and-Easiest-To-Use-Jukebox-Software.html
  7. Wikimedia Foundation. (2015, January 9). Wikipedia:About. Retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:About
  8. Airbnb, Inc. (n.d.). About Us. Retrieved from https://www.airbnb.com/about/about-us
  9. Uber, Inc. (n.d.). The Company. Retrieved from https://www.uber.com/about
  10. Google, Inc. (n.d.). About. Retrieved from https://fiber.google.com/about