Colin Campbell from .Club is a brave man, he has decided to leave the luxury box and get down into the mosh pit. Mr. Campbell joined Namepros and got right into it in the “Official I Hate Gtlds Thread”
His first post:
I just joined Namepros. Although, I have been in the industry for years I focused more on the Hosting infrastructure side. Hopefully I can provide some counter arguments as to why the gTLDs should at least not be ignored.
I believe that .com will rule along with the cctlds. Lets just agree up front that there is no comparison. Smartphone.com is going to be worth a lot more than smartphone.club or smartphone.guru at least in our lifetime. That being said, smartphone.com may cost 500,000 while smartphone.guru might go for a few thousand dollars. Is there a business around either of these names (which I think is the true test). I actually think you could build a business around any of these names. Fundamentally, when the .COM is not available or to expensive to acquire, the next best alternative will be a new gTLD that has meaning that can work with the concept one is trying to launch.
He also went into the speculation that his sister registered a number of .Club domains.
I have had a few people ask me if Nicole Campbell is related to me after ntdstats reported her registration numbers of 2400 a few days ago. Given the current environment, and in the spirit of openness at .CLUB, I thought it best to provide some clarity. My sister indicated to me that she had registered a number of new gTLD registrations with the majority being .CLUB domain names. I was not aware until ntldstats reported it a few days ago how many new gTLD registrations she did register and I do not know the breakdown between .CLUB and other tld investments. The fact is, I do not have any ownership in her domain company and nor does she have any ownership in .CLUB. All of her registrations were made openly (with no hidden agenda) and with no privacy or proxy. She received no special treatment acquiring her names through normal channels.
I appreciate the support of her and other domain investors who believe in the .CLUB vision. She has told me she is excited about .CLUB and a few other TLDs and plans to continue to invest in the new gTLDs as they come market.
I give Mr. Campbell credit because it can be a time consuming process posting on forums, especially in a forum thread where the title tells you people don’t much like your product.
If you want to market to domainers and get them to buy your product, you should in my opinion give them some face time. I don’t expect many registry owners will follow the path Mr. Campbell has chosen, but kudos to him for trying.