Earlier this month I talked about the .ME auction happening on Sedo. This was one of those opportunities that I felt represented a great chance for absolutely anyone to get some real skin in the game with some category-defining domains. Of course this also means that I wanted to get in on the action myself, and I did.
I saw this as a great opportunity to buy domains names that we want to develop over the next 1-3 years. There is a lot of branding power you get with a solid one-word .ME domain and if you’re getting into the .ME, .CO, or any other alternative TLD you need to focus on premium domains, period. So here’s what I bought and what we plan on doing with each one of these, none of them will become minisites and many will take over a year to go live so don’t expect to see these up and running anytime soon. These will all become real brands, and building real brands takes time.
To avoid having these show-up in search results I am excluding the .ME from the end of these:
Camping – I absolutely love camping and this name is really more about a personal passion of mine than anything else. We will be turning this into a portal for reviewing and sharing campsites around the world. My team will be using WordPress so we can more rapidly develop and iterate, while using pre-existing platforms that can handle the location data, reviews, etc.
Rap – you might not have guessed it but I do love Rap music, always have since a little kid when I listened to Fat Boys and Run DMC (on a record player) – yes I know, I’m getting old. The plan for this is a simple site where independent rappers can post their songs and network with other people in the industry. I love music so this one should be a lot of fun!
ChatRoom – loved this one and was surprised I got it without much of a fight, there are a lot of directions we can go with this one and we’ll be putting something more concrete together over the course of the year.
WebsiteHosting – this is the only name we have slated for development this year and we expect to have the site live by Q4. The goal here is simple, create a website with reviews of hosting providers and allow people to easily share feedback on the provider they use. We really want to take the whole user review portion to the next level so will be doing some creative things here.
Scientist – bought this one for Daina, she’s an engineer but is doing some cool things in the science world as part of her PhD so I thought this would be a great one for her to have for development.
Mathematics – this ties-into something I’ve wanted to do for a long time and most likely this site won’t go live until late 2013 or even early 2014. I love Math, always have, but I’ve also found that many of the math tutorials are insanely boring. I want to create a free resource for anyone to learn math in a fun and engaging way.
And there you have it, my purchases from the Sedo .ME auction. Right now none of these are for sale and we are not considering any sales until after each brand is built so you probably won’t hear much more from me about these until next year and the year after that. I’m all about owning premium one and two-word domains and these are great additions to our portfolio and over time will become great brands and resources for people all over the world to enjoy!
Feel free to share any of the names you bought in the auction or comment on any that I purchased!