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A new top level domain ‘.co’ is now available internationally. Well actually it’s not new, it’s the top level country code domain of Columbia, but the Columbian domain name authorities have released it to international availability. It became generally available on 20th July 2010. The domain registrars are hyping it up as the next big thing in domain names, e.g. according to GoDaddy.com:

.CO is the first truly global, recognizable domain to come along in years. Understood around the world as an abbreviation for “Company,” “Corporation” and “Commerce”, .CO is easy to recognize, simple to remember and flexible to use. It offers international recognition in a fresh landscape where you can still choose the name you want, not just settle for what’s available.

Whether or not this translates into wide-scale adoption remains to be seen. Other alternative top level domains such as .biz and .me haven’t exactly gone on to dominate the web. However .co could potentially be looked at as a shorter version of .com (and we all know how hard it is to find a good .com name these days). ‘.co’ is already is used as a second level domain for a number of countries, e.g. New Zealand (.co.nz), United Kingdom (.co.uk), India (.co.in), Indonesia (.co.id), Israel (.co.il),  Japan (.co.jp), South Korea (.co.kr) and Cook Islands (.co.ck). I can see the potential appeal for owners of these domains as an international version of their domain.

I have already registered sww.co as alternative version of sww.co.nz. I just like the brevity of it – so next time you are coming to this site you can leave out the .nz and save yourself 3 keystrokes!

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4 Responses to “.CO domain names now available”

  1. Tom Says:

    I don’t know, for some reason I keep staying away from .co domain names. I see more potential in .asia domain names.

  2. Russ Says:

    We have a .co domain name and it is actually more problematic as we are based in the UK people assume its .co.uk

    I’m considering moving away from it for that reason. I don’t know if you have had the same issues?

  3. Thomas Says:

    Will .co have conflicts with .com domains?
    say mine.co and mine.com?

  4. Bill Says:

    I don’t think these domain names will be very successful internationally. I guess they are ok within Columbia, but that’s it.

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