Originally posted by dvdrip
.biz is just a bad substitute for .com. Nothing more. It has no real use. It's also not easy to sell a .biz. It has very small recognizability outside the us. It sounds odd. Has the fewer registrations. What else?
Hmmm methinks you do not understand:
"It has no real use"---Try cutting and pasting this into the Google search box: site:.biz -dscsidwnmdasjnasaijrkfdsdsn
"It's also not easy to sell a .biz"--- Ah, so the real reason you do not like .biz is because you don't think you can resell it by itself. Like I said, if you buy to resell, .biz is not a good name for you. Unless of course you have a top tier .biz name. If you are a developer trying to sell a .biz name by itself is a non-issue. Because YOU can resale a developed dot .biz site. IN the end developed sites usually fetch more money, especially if they are top-tier names.
"It has very small recognizability outside the us"--- From where I sit that is not a big issue. Most countries outside the US use their own ccTLD's anyways. I don't really forsee countries outside the US "adopting" a new gTLD as their own. Some foreign owned businesses maybe (Koreans/German businesses lead in this area), but not the average citizen.
Most people in the states at present use Dot Com. Very few have heard of dot biz let alone, dot info or any of the other country code TLDs out there. I will say this, that is changing! A local realestate guide, http://www.homejournal.biz went with the shorter.biz form of their name instead of a longer dot com version they had. I suspect that is happening more and more frequently. I don't have any data to support that, but logic says as these domains DO become more recognized a shift to a shorter domain will occur.
"It sounds odd"---Actually it probably does sound "funny" to people outside the US. More and more media outlets (in the states) are using "biz". It is becoming synonymous with electronic business. You'd have to be buried under a rock if you've never heard of the term "biz" in the US. I must admit some in the US feel that it does not sound very professional. I say to these people that "rap music" doesn't sound or look very profesional but A LOT of brands have used some of this "hip" style to sell their "professional brands". Also it's well known, slang has easily crossed over to become common terms in the english language. 'Net=Internet, "Surf=browse", "Biz=Business" -
Keep this in mind. In the old days I'm sure dot com "sounded" and "looked" funny too. I still remember thinking how "foreign" the dot com names looked. Heck it was something very new to us all. It wasn't until the "branding" machines (Amazon.com/Yahoo.com, et al) kicked in that made dot com names sound "normal". Today we really only judge the dot com name in it's entirety as to whether it "sounds" or "looks" good. TheBestBusiness.com site vs Business.com scenario.
In the end "businesses" will make the new gTLDs popular. Even though the internet is about getting info. Businesses pay for the bills. Keep in mind ccTLD's are different than gTLD's. Let's at least agree on that. We could possibly in time segragate ourselves visa via our own ccTLDs. Making ccTLD's more popular than gTLD's. The only problem with that is dot com. The US has adopted it as it's own. Right now the US is major user of the internet.
What do businesses look for in the end: Short names. It's why our local real estate guide chose: http://www.homejournal.biz. Interestingly enough they didn't choose dot us, which is still available. In time they might. Each US business will have to make that decision: .biz/.com/.us. Since most dot coms are taken, it will come down to .biz and .us. I think that is why GoDaddy is slashing it's .biz/.us prices to make it attractive for US businessess to buy both.
Again, look to see what people are doing with the new domains. I like dot biz chances as they are for businesses and it's a global tld. The global part is important. For example:
When a korean is surfing the net and sees http://www.Protection.biz in the search engines my hope is it will be looked upon as a "country neutral" site rather than a "country specific" site.