The .com new registrations in January and February this year were 5% and 14% respectively above 2011. The cumulative registrations were just under 10% ahead of 2011.
Even if March registrations (typically the strongest month in the year) show no increase over 2011, the first quarter’s growth could exceed the last couple of years. This might just indicate a higher than forecast (2%-3%) GDP increase in Q1.
The world economy continued to decline in Q4 of 2011 to 2.5%. Whilst from our graphs this seems to lag the other indicators we might just be at a turning point!
Whilst on the topic of domains, as we forecast, the .uk registry reached the magic number (10 million) last week (one day before the ides!) and Nominet duly celebrated with:
- A Press release
- The announcement of a marketing campaign in May for the registry
- An issue of their quarterly Domain Business with lots of pretty clever charts like this one.
The lucky domain, which is the 10 millionth, is apparently registered to Steven Northam of SN Technologies Ltd Group who describe themselves as “ ….. a holding company with a diverse range of interests expressed through the range of SME’s across the UK.” Swarve Magazine is listed under their Group Portfolio as a new investment and the BBC elicited that it was a photography based publication launching later this year. They have embryonic Facebook and Twitter presences
We read that Lesley Cowley the CEO of Nominet is allegedly on a short list, for the rather hot seat to replace the increasingly infamous Rod Beckstrom, for the CEO and President’s role at ICANN. We sort of hope she doesn’t get it!
“ICANN is currently interviewing his potential successors in Costa Rica. The shortlist is believed to have been whittled down to a handful of names including Lesley Cowley, CEO of .uk registry Nominet”