I use LinkedIn almost everyday. It is the only foreign social network that I know has entered China successfully. Its growth has been explosive — being propelled by Chinese executives eager to connect with the outside world. I like this trend so much that I have started writing about domain names in Chinese to cater to my large number of Chinese connections.
Recently, LinkedIn did a study called 最跨界互联网公司 (my translation: The Best Cross-Border Internet Companies), and the best 20 companies were listed. This is about how internet companies in China are trying to solve the severe shortage of talents within their industry, which can become a barrier to a company’s growth. The solution is to seek talents from non-internet industries. The top 20 companies on this list are the most active in seeking such talents, suggesting they are most innovative in utilizing human resources to further their growth.
Since my interest is domain names, I wanted to see how these companies are using domain names. For each company on the list, I entered its Chinese name into Baidu and checked its domain names used. Here’s the result.
|Le TV (乐视)||entertainment||Le.com|
|Shanda (盛大)||game||SDO.com (not owns Shanda.com)|
|Huan Ju (欢聚时代)||entertainment||Huanju.cn|
|Chang You (畅游)||game||ChangYou.com|
|Sina (新浪)||media||Sina.com.cn (owns Sina.com)|
|Jing Dong (京东)||ecommerce||JD.com|
|NetEase (网易)||media, game||163.com (owns NetEase.com)|
|Ren Ren Wang (人人网)||social network||Renren.com|
|Qihoo 360 (奇虎360)||security||360.cn (owns 360.com)|
|Cheetah Mobile(猎豹移动)||mobile, security||cmcm.com (owns CheetahMobile.com)|
|Alibaba (阿里巴巴)||integrated||1688.com (owns Alibaba.com)|
|Di Di (滴滴出行)||ride-hailing||Xiaojukeji.com (not owns Didi.com)|
|Jinri Toutiao (今日头条)||media||Toutiao.com (Jinritoutiao.com ownership unknown)|
|Tencent (腾讯)||integrated||QQ.com (owns Tencent.com)|
As you can see, most of the companies own their exactly matching domain names and all of them have .com. Their domain names are very short as well. This shows .com is very strong in corporate China. Notice that these companies are also top brands. As the saying goes: when the brands lead, the rest follow. Therefore, in the foreseeable future, .com will continue to be the best choice as domain extension for businesses in China.