.CO Domain Hits 1 Million Milestone - Webnames Blog

.CO Domain Hits 1 Million Milestone

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.CO Internet S.A.S. the official registry operator for the .CO domain, announced June 2, 2011 that it reached the landmark one millionth .CO domain name registration.

Less than one year from the global launch of .CO in July of 2010, individuals, organizations and businesses in more than 200 countries have registered .CO web addresses.

“Entrepreneurs and innovative businesses around the globe are adopting .CO web addresses at an unprecedented pace, way beyond my initial expectations,” said Juan Diego Calle, CEO of .CO Internet.   “To hit this milestone in less than a year is a great testament to the hard work and dedication of our team – and especially to the foresight of all of those who believed in .CO from the very beginning.  From our retail and business partners; to the trademark and domain communities; to all the people, businesses and brands who are building their futures on .CO – we owe you a million thanks!”

.CO Internet SAS took over .CO administration in 2010 from Colombia’s University of Los Andes taking the country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD) and presenting it as a viable alternative to the overcrowded .COM. .CO soon became the fastest growing new global domain name in modern history. By selling some one-letter .CO names to massive global brands like Amazon, Twitter and Overstock, the .CO Registry was able to bring huge awareness and adoption to the domain.

Overstock.com purchased O.CO for $350,000 and re-branded the company internationally featuring O.CO in all of its television ads. This move still generates huge interest and demand globally for .CO domain names. There is apparently another O.CO announcement to come Monday June 6 from Overstock President, Jonathan Johnson.

Amazon bought A.CO, Z.CO, K.CO and Cloud.CO, and Twitter purchased T.CO for its URL shortening service.

To celebrate the innovators, entrepreneurs and trailblazers who are turning their biggest hopes, dreams, and aspirations into realities on the .CO domain, .CO Internet has commissioned a series of short films called “Under the Bulb”, which will premier live at a private event to be held on June 9th during Internet Week in New York City.  Under the Bulb tells the stories of the people behind the growth of .CO.  Each inspiring two-minute film captures life from the time the big “light-bulb moment” first strikes – through the time their ideas are brought to life.

“From startup to Super Bowl in seven months flat, we are a company of entrepreneurs,” said Lori Anne Wardi, Director of Global Communications of the .CO Registry.  “Under the Bulb is our way of honoring the fact that behind each of these one million domain registrations, are one million singular ideas with the potential to change the world.” You can get an early preview of Under the Bulb right now at www.UnderTheBulb.CO.   

If you don’t yet have your .CO protected, its time to ensure yourname.co is registered. To search for your .CO name go to www.webnames.ca or contact the Webnames.ca support team for assistance.

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