Will .co become one of the commonly used domains?

I see that .co domains are launching to general public today. I had a look on here to see if people were talking about it but don’t see any threads. Just wondering if .co will become one of the commonly used domains, a credible substitute for .com? Or will it be another last resort choice like .biz?

It isn’t exactly a country to inspire trust.



I do not believe that could become most used domain name. Domainers will grab their domain names and that’s all. I’m not sure if other people will be interested in them.

Well I went ahead and pregistered my .co domain name yesterday as it will be nice to have an even shorter version. My website is the 9 character sww.co.nz and now I will have a very short 6 character version sww.co
It’s kinda cool to be able to just drop off the .nz and have it still work. I think the .co domains will appeal to countries like NZ and UK that have .co.xx domain names.

I suppose that domain name will have the same history as ME domain name extension. There were a lot of hopes and ideas. Now I even do not remember when I visit web site on ME domain name.

While they might be making it available internationally it still belongs to Colombia. Perhaps they want to get lots of popular sites to use it and then to claim it back for their own use (as any country can do with their country specific domain at any time).

Well Columbia is selling it off now as an international domain. When I heard about it, it seemed like a big deal to me because .co is already associated with companies (as in .co.nz, .co.uk, etc.) and also it’s like a shorter version of .com but I’m kinda surprised there’s not really much buzz about it on the web.

its commonly used in Columbia, like any other regional domain… its like english, as international language. i think its going to be hard to get it that way…

I guess it depends on whether you want a Columbian domain or not.

For Colombia. Whether that is made from continuing to offer the domains internationally or whether it comes from some scam that they set up or from claiming back all the domains once they get lots of traffic remains to be seen.

THis TLD could make a lot of money because it’s basically a .com with the m missing. There was a scam that used to run because people were using Cameroon’s TLD (.cm) to target people who had misstyped .com.

Not sure if i have done the right thing or not but on a impulse buy today i bought www.bet888.co i guess you could say it was a bit of a ‘gamble’ but i sometimes you have to put your cards on the table and roll the dice and you may eventually pick a winner.You have to have a flutter every so ofton :smiley:

I have my reservations about .co but I wouldn’t really be surprised to see it go either way. I understand Google will be treating it as a gTLD for international search purposes so that is a plus.

The domain registrars are hyping it up e.g. from GoDaddy:

.CO is the first truly global, recognizable domain to come along in years.
Understood around the world as an abbreviation for “Company,” “Corporation” and “Commerce”, .CO is easy to recognize, simple to remember and flexible to use. It offers international recognition in a fresh landscape where you can still choose the name you want, not just settle for what’s available.

Raffles, that’s unfortunate for them, SitePoint is a registered trademark so they could be sued under anti-cybersquatting legislation. :slight_smile:

Apart from spam, I don’t think it’s going to really have a big impact, every time a new TLD appears - everyone proclaims it’s going to be the next .COM, We had the whole big deal over .ME which didn’t really go anywhere, neither will this, it’ll just become yet another TLD which has all the premium words snatched up and sold. :slight_smile:

Except that it isn’t truly global as it belongs to Colombia and Colombia can change the rules that apply to .co domains at any time.

I’ve posted my thoughts on it in a blog - http://sww.co/co (who needs a domain shortening service;))

@acurran that is some great information and does indead take the .co ext into a differant league

Thanks for providing the link.

Google are planning to soon start treating .co as an international domain:

Some country specific domains have crossed over, such as Tuvalu’s .tv or Montenegro’s .me, which Google now treats generically.

While the .co domain is still assigned to Colombia at the moment, a Google spokesperson said that would soon change. “We will rank .co domains appropriately if the content is globally targeted. Webmasters will soon have the functionality to be able to specify this by using the geotargeting options in Google Webmaster Tools.”