Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Who needs dot mobi? Dot Nobody.

For the past few weeks, my domain registrars have been hoping I'd jump into the dot mobi domain landrush.

Tomorrow morning, September 26th at 6:00 AM, PDT, we will stop taking .mobi pre-registration requests in preparation for the .mobi landrush. You have until that time to submit all of your requests.
they close the email with the following call to action:
REMEMBER!? Today is your last chance to pre-register .mobi domain name requests. New domain extensions don't come around very often. Don't wait. If you have an idea for a great domain name, request it today!
It has to be that .mobi will die with a whimper. Why would anyone want to attempt to drive mobile phone users (folks without a QWERTY keypad) to a four letter domain name extension? Suring the web on a cell phone is already a frustrating experience, but to imagine that to get an even better, but still bad mobile rendition of a website I would have to type in a special domain name rather than have the system autodetect my very small screen? That's sheer folly.

I am sure there will be a few clever mobi domain names that we may all end up going to eventually, but I have to believe that all in all, there won't be many people building two versions of their websites and giving the more diminutive of the two the horrible extension -- dot mobi.

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At 1:05 AM, Andrew (Indi-Andy) Deal said...

I totally agree with you on that.

I was about to jump into the fold and the .MOBI price made me think twice.

I am starting up with the distinct idea that a cell will always be great at audio, but not a replacement for a TV or a PC

At 11:45 PM, Phil Yanov said...

Somewhere I read the suggestion that we simply create machine names (or subdomains) using the single letter "m", It makes sense to me.,,, for example. It's a workaround for perhaps not being able to autosense the end device or perhaps you simply would prefer to deliver different information to your mobile users. Good luck on cellecast.

At 12:20 AM, Andrew (Indi-Andy) Deal said...

I just now saw your reply as I am looking for link references, etc.

I like the m. idea, but auto detection via user agent is easy enough. m. would help demo on firefox what we did for the mobile screen.


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