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Old 15th June 2011, 12:22 PM
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for all .com non believers out there

http://hitech.newsru.com/article/15jun2011/vkcom

articles pretty much says how vkontakte.ru is switching to vk.com instead given all the regulatory nightmare in Russia!!
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Old 15th June 2011, 12:27 PM
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Re: for all .com non believers out there

believe that is a nail in a coffin for .ru...anyone keeping a score of how many nails already
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Re: for all .com non believers out there

Great find! This is huge news. The article is also saying that vkontakte.ru (Russian Facebook, probably more than 75% of Russian internet users) will switch from its domain vkontakte.ru to vk.com in one month because vk.com is shorter, better looking, etc. There is also speculation that by going with vk.com, the company will be free of .ru "rules". Of course, they can't really say that publicly. The article also implies that by switching to .com, the company also solves the problem of being "global". In other words, it's hard to market vkontakte.ru (or vkontakte.rf for that matter) to ukranians, where as vk.com is a domain with a global extension.

The plan has been in the works for a while, it seems, given that that vk.com domain was purchased in September of 2009. They could have bought vk.ru from a small chocolate factory, but they chose .com.

What it means for .com is

1. Millions of people who speak Russian will start to get accustomed to a .com extension.
2. There is a strong possibility that other social network/major companies catering to Russian-speaking audience will follow suit.
3. Type-in traffic for com/.ком should increase dramatically.
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Re: for all .com non believers out there

there are not .com non believers

there are dot.com illiterate

dot com will rule for ever
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Re: for all .com non believers out there

OK, so which one of you lot bought the Cyrillic version of the dot Com?
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Re: for all .com non believers out there

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OK, so which one of you lot bought the Cyrillic version of the dot Com?
Pretty sure DKG (AKA Michael/Moshe) and his affiliates bought it.
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Pretty sure DKG (AKA Michael/Moshe) and his affiliates bought it.
Would be nice but not mine
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Re: for all .com non believers out there

+1 Emil
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Re: for all .com non believers out there

Press is liking it: http://news.google.co.il/news/story?...i_ceU8bfJEp3sM

"Выход в .сom – это заявка на глобальную экспансию."

In bad translation: Going out to .com - This is a global expansion.

http://www.gazeta.ru/business/2011/06/15/3662369.shtml

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Re: for all .com non believers out there

http://forum.searchengines.ru/showthread.php?p=9078507

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Re: for all .com non believers out there

The Cyrillic version will drawing a boatload of daily traffic.
It only makes sense that they look to acquire it, as well.
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"Выход в .сom – это заявка на глобальную экспансию."

In bad translation: Going out to .com - This is a global expansion.
Our going out [of .ru] and going into .com — is an announcement of our global expansion [to the world market].

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Our going out [of .ru] and going into .com — is an announcement of our global expansion [to the world market].
Yeah, you look at items like this and then you read the commentary from Domainfest Europe on DNJ and you just ask WTF?
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There is also speculation that by going with vk.com, the company will be free of .ru "rules". Of course, they can't really say that publicly.
One of the articles announcing the change got an opinion from three locals that i assume are considered 'experts' in they're field and two of the three specifically also feel as Explorer above that clearly more then anything this is a move away of local jurisdiction.

1. «ВКонтакте» просто хочет обезопаситься от нападок государственных органов.

"VKontakte" just wants to insure against government attacks.


2. Первая, кажущаяся самой очевидной, — это желание уйти из-под юрисдикции отечественных правоохранительных органов и правообладателей.

First, the seeming the most obvious - is the desire to escape from the jurisdiction of local law enforcement agencies and rights holders.

http://www.aif.ru/money/opinions/1667
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Re: for all .com non believers out there

Moving to .com from .ru to avoid government attacks is fine, until ICE decide they don't like you.
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May Russian IT companies are actually incorporated outside of Russia and do business in Russia virtually.

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So how long have they had vk.com, and where did they get it from?
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Re: for all .com non believers out there

Around Sep. 2009 it seems and i didn't find a price http://habrahabr.ru/blogs/social_networks/68807/
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Previous owner?
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Re: for all .com non believers out there

They also have a huge database of movies and videos on their site that would be considered pirated in many countries, the domain seasure on .com can apply to them, just like it did for the many torrent sites in the US. That would be a huge loss if that happened.

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