Thursday, December 6, 2007

What's Up with .mobi?

Yesterday, Sedo's .mobi auction closed with games.mobi ringing in $401,500. (I caught that page just at the end of the auction, so it remains to be seen if that bid holds).

Also, according to Elliot's Blog (where you can find a list of sold .mobi domains), music.mobi sold for $616,000.

Astonishing, to say the least.

Pretty sweet for a TLD that most non-domainers/end-users know little or nothing about. Perhaps the buyer knows something that the average small-time domainer (like me) does not.

Games and music: nice generics/money terms, but I suspect that the buyers are taking an expensive risk on an untried TLD. Don't get me wrong; I have a few .mobi's in my portfolio and would be delighted if they were worth more than the regular fee I paid.

But I doubt very much if, as a buyer, I'll be chasing the .mobi aftermarket any time soon. I will continue to register good solid generics because one never knows when (or if) the .mobi TLD will be developed as a viable cell phone platform.

From my perspective, .mobi will suddenly become a must-have TLD when I can pick up my cellphone, text "games," and automatically be directed to games.mobi.

Otherwise, it's just another TLD like .biz.

But that huge bid makes me wonder if such a .mobi platform is on the horizon.

Ms Domainer

5 comments:

  1. hi greeting ThANKing ,

    hi My Fair Lady

    i have the special respect 4[for]
    every lady ;--^),

    sorry ,
    here
    i'm 2[to] act as a wet blanket ,
    i'm 2[to] por some cold water
    over your head ,
    please take my words with some salt

    http://www.conceptualist.com/fedclick.php?ref=http://www.conceptualist.com/2007/12/06/yet-just-another-day-more-trouble-in-dotmobi-land/&id=1014

    http://www.conceptualist.com/2007/12/06/alvaro-albarracin-breaks-dotmobi-sales-record/
    >> Highly speculative purchase
    >> here to say it mildly.
    my own comment : :::::
    i'd like2suspect
    that
    there may b[be] some con .........

    by 'the way ,
    u[you] may have known it as well ,
    other renown domainers , e.g. ,
    My Dear Sir Frank Schilling
    have n'o[no] positive comment
    4[for] any .mobi ,

    by 'the way ,
    when-ever u'r in a stampede 2[to]
    buy any domain ,
    then ,
    please , first consult
    www.domainnamenews.com/domain-aftermarket/mobi-buyers-remorse/1300
    i have written some dnanalysis there ,
    about
    the impact
    of unlimitted supply
    on the price

    disclaimer : :::::
    i'm not affiliated in any way with
    domainnamenews

    caveat emptor , take extreme care ,
    happy in domainin' ;--^), 2w

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  2. http://www.sevenmile.com/2007-12/weekend-linkfest/
    >> http://domainnamewire.com/2007/12/07/musicmobi-winner-vows-lawsuit-against-sedo/
    >> ***FS***
    >> This is the classic fight
    >> over nothing.
    >> Wouldn’t be surprised
    >> if it’s a publicity stunt.

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  3. hi again ,
    something as a token of my respect
    2[to] every lady : :::::
    http://result.beyondwhois.com/?domainName=msdomain.com
    >> Domain Name: MSDOMAIN.COM
    [[....]]
    >> Status: redemptionPeriod
    >> Status: redemptionPeriod
    >> Status: redemptionPeriod
    >> Status: redemptionPeriod
    >> Updated Date: 02-dec-2007
    >> Creation Date: 03-nov-1998
    >> Expiration Date: 02-nov-2007

    watch it closly
    n[and] ye may get it ,

    cheers ThANKye 2w

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  4. You need to read more into the story of these .mobi purchases. The person who bought them "Alvaro Albarracin" is an interesting person to say the least. Albarracin was named Creciendo en Gracia's Entrepreneur of Entrepreneurs. Creciendo en Gracia's is the cult that believes in the 666 $$$ De Jesus guy who believes he is the second coming. Here is a quote from the site:

    "With more than 100,000 members and hundreds of congregations worldwide, the church’s message comes from De Jesus, who claims to be the second coming of Jesus Christ. And many people, including Albarracin, agree."

    I just hope that these .mobi names will not be a an open promotion for this cult and it's beliefs. Here are some referring links.

    http://666noticias.com/en/estados-unidos/the-believer-former-dialtone-internet-ceo-alvaro-albarracin-www.thewhi.html

    http://www.miaminewtimes.com/2006-02-09/news/jesus-redux/3

    http://www.rickross.com/reference/creciendo/creciendo3.html

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  5. Thank you, 2w and anonymous, for your comments.

    I have moved post #4 into a blog post.

    Ms Domainer

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Word verification has been enabled to circumvent spammers, not to censor bona fide posts. ;=)

I welcome your comments!

Ms Domainer

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