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Domain registrars: The good, the bad and the ugly
ICANN accreditation of domain registrars requires both a strict adherence to the standards mandated by ICANN, and a business approach that understands the complexities of the market. With that in mind, not all domain registrars are created equal. This is not a registrar ranking diatribe, however; I’m not judging registrars by a...
Acro - Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 14:37
When you inquire about a domain, don’t pitch your own
It’s common sense: When I go to a store to buy a product, I don’t turn around at the checkout to sell my services instead of paying for the item. This exact, unprofessional behavior applies to domain name inquiries as well. A person who introduced himself as a domain investor from India, placed an offer […]
Acro - Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 15:31
The Internet, 20 years later: Party like it’s 1994
Around this time this week, twenty years ago, I connected to the “real Internet”, using a borrowed 9,600 bps modem. There is one word to describe the experience: Slow. It wasn’t just the already obsolete modem’s speed, but also the national pipeline’s available bandwidth, a T1 pipe to Pipex UK connecting...
Acro - Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - 14:36
ICANN should establish its global humanitarian reach
ICANN51 in Los Angeles brings together technocrats, entrepreneurs and other bright-minded individuals, in a gathering that projects ample lavishness despite recent cuts in spending. And yet, the agenda of such a large organization with a cash reserve in the hundreds of millions of dollars and a global reach, does not appear to includ...
Acro - Monday, October 13, 2014 - 15:24
GoDaddy brokerage offers make little business sense
When someone looks up a domain through GoDaddy for availability and it’s taken, they are presented with an option to make an offer to the domain’s owner. GoDaddy emails the owner and indicates that one of their customers wants that particular domain name. The email does not disclose what the offer is, and requires clickin...
Acro - Friday, October 10, 2014 - 13:32
Domain ownership a hot topic during ICANN 51 conference in Los Angeles
ICANN has expanded the Internet namespace with the introduction of the new gTLDs; this dramatic growth in all directions – a digital Big Bang – dictates that some urgent housekeeping must be performed on existing TLDs. Domains are not treated like property currently, and yet they are bought and sold for thousands and mill...
Acro - Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 15:50
Domain theft: Should you disclose it, or be quiet about it?
One of the most interesting discussions I had, in the aftermath of the Moniker mass hacking of customer accounts, was related to disclosing domain theft incidents. While it has been a personal subject of consideration, I did not have the opportunity to analyze my position, so hopefully this post will clarify that. The very respectabl...
Acro - Wednesday, October 8, 2014 - 17:2
What exactly is a secure Domain Registrar?
Modern security principles are stricter than ever. Implementing security at several levels involves the admission that any system is vulnerable by default. Defining the weak points of any electronic system, whether it is on the Internet or on intranets, is the fist step towards establishing a secure platform to launch customer-orient...
Acro - Tuesday, October 7, 2014 - 11:46
Moniker password reset points to apparent mass hacking of accounts
Four months ago I moved my last remaining domain away from Moniker. The timing was apparently right, as today I received notifications of a forced password reset via email. While these emails were legitimately sent out, they ended up in my spam folder, which does not reflect positively on Moniker’s reputation. The mail out rela...
Acro - Monday, October 6, 2014 - 12:4
Perfect numbers revisited
While there is a trend that treats every numeric domain as a coin of sorts, the truth is that not all numbers are created equal. In the course of a decade, I’ve invested in a limited amount of numeric domains in the original three TLDs, perhaps no more than 25 in total, maybe less. Selective […]
Acro - Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 13:1
Lessons learned during the past 100 years
During TRAFFIC 2010 in Las Vegas, I had the opportunity to meet with Natasa Djukanovic of dot .Me and other members of her team. As a Montenegrin, Natasa’s excitement over the launch of dot .Me as both an open, national ccTLD and a brand, was quite evident. I, on the other hand, had additional reasons […]
Acro - Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 17:41
Domain price quotes should be higher, not lower
In a given week, I receive dozens of domain inquiries for my portfolio, at Domain Name Sales. Not every inquiry is worth responding to, but I take the time to “ping” those that make the inquiry; sometimes, to educate them on the value of domain names. Sometimes, even though a sale seems to complete and […]
Acro - Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 13:58
Offers made around a domain’s expiration date
Over the course of more than a decade in active domain investing, I’ve experienced that a lot of inquiries are made around the time of a domain’s expiration date. There are several reasons why this happens, and here’s what I’ve found the most important ones to be...
Acro - Monday, September 15, 2014 - 16:40
September 11: It only takes two minutes to honor and remember
Thirteen years ago, the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center came down in a formless mass of glass, steel and human remains. As much disconnected as we appear to be today from the visuals of 9/11/2001, the gut-wrenching imagery of a destroyed pair of iconic New York City buildings is still etched onto the […]
Acro - Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 13:37
Why domain quotes come with an expiration date
Just like pasteurized milk, domain quotes have an expiration date. There’s a good reason for that; milk goes bad after it “expires”, and a domain quote has a lifespan in order to protect its value as an asset. When someone inquires about a domain name and they engage in an exchange with the owner, once […]
Acro - Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - 17:42
Down with Facebook, get your own domain names!
Facebook has been up and down more often than an Essex girl’s knickers, to quote a British joke. Many businesses were drawn into utilizing Facebook as their sole outlet to conduct transactions, all thanks to the easy – and downright plain – creation of content. Facebook’s reach is remarkable, with more than a ...
Acro - Wednesday, September 3, 2014 - 16:35
My TRAFFIC 2014 / Miami nominations
Being nominated is often more important than winning an award. I didn’t come up with this remarkable observation, Frank Schilling did – despite winning the Domainer of the Year award three times at TRAFFIC. Nomination is an indication of appreciation, a floating pointer above one’s virtual head stating “they a...
Acro - Saturday, August 23, 2014 - 15:55
TRAFFIC ballot: Let women take the lead
There is no doubt that every industry is male dominated due to an artificial imbalance caused by our very own society. This does not mean women professionals aren’t as good, it means they aren’t given equal opportunities to show their skills in a professional setting that respects and emphasizes their contribution. ItR...
Acro - Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 12:59
The mysticism of the new World Trade Center logo
When designing the logotype of a brand, it is important to define some limits to how much information it delivers. Brand redesign is a task that can lead to inadvertently stuffing too many hidden messages into a logo, leading to what I call ‘brand mysticism.‘ Airbnb fell prey to that recently, with a redesign that […...
Acro - Monday, August 18, 2014 - 14:22
Huion GT-220 drawing tablet: Owner’s review
After roughly seven years of using a Wacom Cintiq 12WX, it was time to upgrade. Two options were available: stick with Wacom and fork out $2,000 for the Cintiq 22HD or go with an alternative tablet from the emerging Chinese market. As an Adobe Suite user, the issue of drivers steered me further away from […]
Acro - Thursday, August 14, 2014 - 22:26

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