The Dot-Com Land Grab

If I went back in time 15 years or so and had the chance to register any 10 domain names I wanted (the ones I thought would be most likely to become valuable pieces of virtual real estate), like any rational person I would probably choose names like: Sex.com, Money.com, Shopping.com, PhoneBook.com, TV.com, MovieListings.com, Music.com, Weather.com, Horoscope.com.

Never in a million years would anyone 15 years ago have suspected that the big winners of the new era would have names like YouTube, Amazon, Flickr, Craigslist, FaceBook, Wikipedia, Twitter and a misspelling of the word ‘googol’.

It’s kind of strange that all of the big winners are new names, while the names that seem like they would have been very valuable are all second-tier (or lower) sites or simply redirect to better-known sites.

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