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02|21|2008 11:48 am EDT

Tucows Introduces Personal Names Service (domain sharing)

by Chad Kettner in Categories: Registrars

Tucows logoTucows has announced a new service that gives people the chance to own their own name – on the internet.

In 2006, Tucows purchased NetIdentity, a business offering email and web addresses for many of the more popular American and European names. Tucows announced today that it has over 150,000 domain names in its private portfolio including 39,000 different surnames, which covers 65 percent of the North American phone book.

These surnames are the foundation for the new Personal Names Service, which allows individuals to have control over their own names. For example, John Smith could own as his email address and for his web address – making his online identity easy for friends, clients, and business associates to remember. At the same time, however, anybody else with the last name Smith could also own their own personalized package, assuming the first name hasn’t already been taken.

Elliot Noss, picture from Tucows

“In today’s marketplace, domain names are essential for marketing and brand awareness,� announced Elliot Noss, President and CEO of Tucows.

Each name purchased includes an email account, complete control over hosting, and a domain management platform – a unique offering that gives users an edge on the competition by providing branding opportunities and name recognition. The names are being offered via the network of Tucows resellers.

Aside from their surname domain names, Tucows also owns 1000 high-potential domains, 22,000 brandable names, and 88,000 direct-navigation names. Part of those names come from purchases such as the netidenity purchase, while others are lapsed registrations from registrants that did not renew their domains.

[via press release]

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1 Comment

Rob Silver

May 21, 2008 @ 11:51 am EDT

Does this work as I expect

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