There sure has been a lot of talk about emoji domains lately. From Go Daddy creating a search engine and service to register emoji domains.
QZ.com featured an article from Michael J Coren titled, “The land rush for emoji domains is coming” Coren points out the following about universal acceptance:
Yet emoji URLs remain an online scofflaw. Search engines aren’t designed to find them. Registering them is difficult. Fusty internet standards mean most domains won’t allow you to register them, except for a few country-level domains—Western Samoa’s .ws and Laos’ .la, for example—that fall outside the standard rules governing other domain name extensions issued by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).
Fortune is out with an article today about the governance of emojis.
The Unicode Consortium was originally formed in 1991 to help promote the use of the Unicode standard. It only had to deal with language letters until 2010, when it decided to begin adding emoji following the rapid growth of smartphones.
Fortune points out that one expert Keith Winstein, a computer science assistant professor at Stanford University, argues that it’s not the Unicode consortium’s job to decide all things emoji.
Just like Namescon there is an Emojicon which took place in San Francisco November 4, 2016 through November 6, 2016. Winstein spoke at the conference.
Elliot conducted a poll over on DomainInvesting.com about whether or not readers would register an emoji domain. Currently the no’s have it at 68%.
Long before this recent surge of interest, I had come across a video on You Tube about emoji domains. Entrepreneur and author Gary Vaynerchuk, expressed an interest in emoji domains, surprising since Gary doesn’t really care for domain names. He seemed surprised to know you could register emoji domains, and a woman next to him was Googling if it was possible.
Gary believes 62 year olds who know nothing about tech, know emojis. Gary said he is not hot on domains, domains are what you make them, what you do with the domain. He is not big on domain names.
Here is the video:
Back when Radix was running an .88 special, I noticed that emoji.website was available, emoji has been a premium in many other Radix strings, so I picked that up for .88. With this latest buzz I got an email Friday, “Is emoji.website for sale, if so I offer you the sum of $100.” I replied it’s for sale but for more than $100. They got back today with no hello or thank you, they just said “$300$
So who knows maybe that name will sell. It apparently is an emoji world.