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12 February 2011

So What Else Is New?

I was very impressed by the domaining community at the outset, but now I’m beginning to think everyone is borderline nuts.

There was an outbreak of the flu (and to some extent, a bacterial infection, possibly Legionnaire’s disease) at DOMAINfest last week, and now the CDC is involved. While I wish everyone who was affected a speedy recovery, I don’t know what’s going on with the blog posts this week.

It reminds me of being in seventh grade and seeing fights break out during recess.

Yes, that’s right—seventh grade—and these are grown men with full-time jobs and families.

One of the problems is that the domaining world is tiny. Word travels fast.

It’s also populated by successful, driven men (for the most part), who have egos, and tempers flare quickly. I don’t know what to report, but the comments in some of the major blogs are starting to read like TMZ.

I suppose, being a newcomer and an outsider (recognizing that many of these rivalries are deep-rooted and were formed years ago), I don’t have room to talk. I’ve witnessed the bickering for the past several months, but it only seems to be getting worse. It’s up to the people involved to sort out their issues in a healthy way, but in the meantime, the rest of us are subjected to it, because these are our sources of news, and people we look up to.

Respect, once lost, is not easily regained.

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Nadia is the editor of DomainSushi. Her love affair with domain names and web development dates back to 1998, and she is passionate about educating the tech community, small business owners, and laymen about domain name strategy. Follow her on Twitter: @DomainSushi.

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5 Comments

  1. Kate E. HutchinsonFeb 23, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    Interesting observation, about seventh graders. I'm new to the industry, and come from the very bureaucratic world of higher education. It's a difficult adjustment to some of the behavior norms in the domain industry, but I'm glad I'm not alone.

  2. Juanny CincoFeb 24, 2011 at 5:25 am

    In real business there's a professionalism that is usually presented to people first and foremost. Once you pull back the veneer men become men (false sense of bravado etc). Problem with domainers is that the veneer is often not needed and the egos begin twice as large.

    You don't need to participate. That's the key :)

  3. Jason Allen GoodlinMar 24, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    The domain conflict looks more like an episode of Pretty Little Liars. :) I'm holding your secret and I can't take it anymore. I must tell everyone now. It's eating at me. Here's my version of the story. They're domain drama queens.

    I had a bout of conflict yesterday. I called a business yesterday to offer a domain. The lady hung up on me. I fired out an e-mail, telling the company how unprofessional they are and how they should think before they act. I told them that if I was interested in their services, I would not use them. I mentioned that if they would have listened to me for one second, maybe they would know that I'm offering a top domain to enhance their business.

    This domain is valuable to them. Two domains can knock out the competition in their region. Anyhow, the main point of the story is that I received an e-mail from the owner asking me to tell him more about what I'm trying to sell. If this deal closes, I will definitely share the e-mail I sent to receive a response.

    Conflict does work to an extent. Knowing how to be professional, but also direct enough to get a response can produce results. The bickering going on is more to get attention and to show they're honest people. However, selling domains to an end-user is not an honest act, especially when you have to build value into something that is not as valuable.

    You should stop by Domain Sherpa. There was an interesting interview this week with the owner of ZipSmart. Last week, there were interviews with Teen Domainer and the week before with Domain Name Wire's Andrew. These are all really cool interviews with videos and transcripts.

    Thanks Nadia. Hope all is well. I appreciate the edit option. I think it's one of the rare features missing on many blogs.

  4. Eric & JenMay 15, 2011 at 11:51 pm

    Another .CO domain just developed! Introducing my Brand New site for ALL Pet Lovers: http://www.PetForum.co. You won't want to miss this site! Its not just a forum for you to talk about your pet or pets in general. You can submit pictures of your pet for inclusion in the various galleries and you can browse the many pet products through both amazon and eBay affiliate links. Please check it out today and if you have a pet send a picture. I want to get some people to start posting on the forum Before i place ads in major pet magazines! So come on over and take a look! I hope you enjoy it!

    Eric & Jen

  5. Domaining365May 25, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    Well I for one miss your tweets.  Many many successful domainers fly completely under the radar.  Don't get caught up in the drama and hope to have a Sushi sighting soon.