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Old 6th January 2006, 04:07 PM
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Re: IDN Forum Members - Introduce Yourself

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Originally Posted by drbiohealth
This IDN stuff is very much akin to stock markets, where the intelligent investors get in when a good stock lies low. The horde follows in bulk when the stock gets highlighted. Well, those who are sitting on 1000s of prime IDNs from 2001 would reap very rich rewards. Let's see what happens!
Yes it is not quite as simple as that. IDNs were launched in 2001 but varrious reasons only dot net and dot com in Far East Languages those with Chinese Characters could be registered along with Latin Characters and Novelties.

Gradually more and more ccTLDs have rolled out their own versions, most of them limited to local scripts. Unicode for other languages has also gradually come on stream. So have such things as Overture and Search Indexing. Actually, Overture was recognising IDN in some languages about a year before Yahoo was indexed for search!

The initial landrush in some Indian Languages is not yet underway. Other Languages such as Arabic, Russian and Thai are at at an Intermediate phase. The opportunities have been piecemeal as more and more information and functionality has become available.

Those that have really done the best perhaps were those that realised by 2004 due to the disillusionment, the instransigence of Network Solutions and the confusion caused by a migration of the encodement used, many of the original registrations were dropping Those were then picked up at $7 a name as opposed to 3 figure sums that is has now cost the original investors. Of course many of the original names didn't drop.

The only thing that is certain is that Land Rush in the biggest prizes of all are coming to an end Japanese and Chinese are the richest prizes, with Russian and Arabic not far behind. When long-time sceptics like Edwin are filling their boots, you know that the writing is on the wall!

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Dave Wrixon
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