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Old 20th July 2007, 09:36 AM
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£.com - The British Pound's Home on the Net

Someone's trying to create a buzz on the PR sites for this symbol one -

For over 400 years the £ symbol has identified the UK's unit of currency, the pound. Now the £ has moved online…

London, England (PRWEB) July 20, 2007 -- Moneyedge Limited wish to announce the sale of their £.com domain, representing the British pound.

Arguably the 'pound's home on the net', £.com is one of a 'handful' of symbol-based domain names in the world. Richard Haigh, Director of Moneyedge, had this to say about his company's offering:

"£.com has never been promoted yet has many users curiously typing the name in to their browser bar on a daily basis. I would say that 99.99% of internet users still do not know that symbol-based domains exist. This is understandable, however, as they are extremely rare (only 16 in '.com') and until recently were not viable to promote.

The sale includes poundsymbol.com, and this domain will allow £.com to pass the 'radio test' and be promoted by every media. This 2 domain 'set' will probably be acquired by a company looking to create a wholly unique financial services identity on the internet."

£.com makes use of IDN (International Domain Name) technology and to access the domain visitors need to use a recent web browser like Internet Explorer 7 or Firefox 2 and be in one of the 18 countries that have the £ symbol on their keyboards. According to Marketshare, the browser statistics service, IDN-enabled browsers are now at around 45% market share world-wide; all this within a year, and the 'take up' trend looks set to continue.

Haigh went on to conclude "Normally with domain names there is a 'trade off'. Long domains are descriptive but not so easy to remember. Equally, short names can be more memorable but usually not very descriptive, so users may have difficulty remembering what the site was about. £.com has none of these difficulties, the name is instantly memorable and explains the site premise before any kind of advertising has taken place."

Moneyedge is now looking for offers for this desirable 2 domain 'set'. The closing date for offers is 30.09.07.

About Moneyedge: We are a small UK company, founded in 1999, and we specialise in internet investments, particularly those with a strong marketing angle.

http://www.prweb.com/releases/intern...rweb541257.htm
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Re: £.com - The British Pound's Home on the Net

cool.

shame it's going to get invalidated in the next round of allowed characters.
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Re: £.com - The British Pound's Home on the Net

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cool.

shame it's going to get invalidated in the next round of allowed characters.

How are they going to invalidate the pound symbol? Delete it from the root?
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How are they going to invalidate the pound symbol? Delete it from the root?
isn't it going the same way as all the other symbols?
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isn't it going the same way as all the other symbols?

I've not seen any domain being deleted, even phishing domains that now cannot be registered.
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Re: £.com - The British Pound's Home on the Net

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I've not seen any domain being deleted, even phishing domains that now cannot be registered.
It'll be done at nameprep stage as well as restrictions to new registrations. SO it'll work until people start upgrading their browsers and the new versions will recognise it as an illegal character.

I think.

They HAVE deleted names before in bulk. The com registry introduced a bug which started allowing names beginning (or ending - I forget which) with a hyphen to be registered. A crap load were regged and then bulk deleted by high command, with refunds given.
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Re: £.com - The British Pound's Home on the Net

Did anyone notice how none of this was mentioned in the sales patter. Timing and urgency of sale is very interesting. Still we can probably look forward to one of the know nothings from the other place picking this up for a premium. At least it will provide material for all those tedious after-dinner speeches.
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Re: £.com - The British Pound's Home on the Net

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It'll be done at nameprep stage as well as restrictions to new registrations. SO it'll work until people start upgrading their browsers and the new versions will recognise it as an illegal character.

I think.

They HAVE deleted names before in bulk. The com registry introduced a bug which started allowing names beginning (or ending - I forget which) with a hyphen to be registered. A crap load were regged and then bulk deleted by high command, with refunds given.

Browser allow you to access names like -adb.com, except it can't resolve.
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Re: £.com - The British Pound's Home on the Net

Ha, I sold money edge a symbol domain years ago.
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