of the domain industry's movers and
be converging on Vancouver, British Columbia
next week for Canada's first-ever T.R.A.F.F.I.C.
conference. The event gets underway Tuesday
morning (June 8) at the Renaissance
Vancouver Harbourside Hotel where it will
run through Thursday (June 10).
is a long haul from our home base here in
Florida so I'll be making the trip northwest
Monday to make sure I'm there in plenty of time
to cover the event for you. It gets underway the
next morning with a ccTLD panel
discussion that I will be participating in. I'll
have daily reports from Vancouver in this column
starting Monday evening.
VP Victor Pitts is also heading
to Vancouver where he will join the Castello
Brothers on the opening panel
discussion Wednesday morning. Victor's
duties at DomainIT include re-launching
the company's iGoldRush.com
website. iGoldRush is a content rich
domain /internet business resource site
that was originally founded in 1996 by Edwin
Hayward. After Hayward moved on to
other interests, DOMAINit founder Paul
Goldstone bought the site and his
company has now upgraded the
iGoldRush content as well as its
resources guide and domain guide and
they have also added interactive
functionality that visitors will
other totally new industry sites have
also debuted this month. Emil
Paulsson, the CEO at Swedish company
Snapback AB, tells us they have
launched a new version of their drop
catching service for U.S., UK
and international markets at www.Snapback.se/eng.
Vice President, DomainIT.com
for expired names in a number of
extensions, including two favorites in Sweden
- .SE and .NU.
new domain news aggregation service, Domaining20.com
has also entered the ring to compete with
established sites like NameBee.com,
and the 800-pound gorilla in that category - Domaining.com.
A new auction service is also up and running at AuctionPus.com.
The wrinkle they bring to the standard domain
auction format is limiting the number or domains
offered to just eight a day - a strategy meant
to keep listings from getting lost in a crowd.
of auctions, NetFleet.com.au
is running the first of what they say will be
many auctions focused on domains representing Australia's
.com.au extension. Their debut auction is
currently underway and is slated to finish on Wednesday
(June 9) at 3pm (Australian EST). Be sure
to take the time difference between you location
and that Aussie time zone in account if you want
to bid. You can view the complete catalog and
place bids here.
Grant/Lana Del Ray
other note today, recording artist Lizzy
Grant, AKA Lana
Del Ray, (the daughter of
veteran domainer Rob
Grant), has spent much of
this month recording and performing in
the UK. Rob wisely grabbed the
domain names LizzyGrant.co.uk and
LanaDelRay.co.uk when Lizzy
started making waves on the other side
of the pond (the Grants are from upstate
has already caught the attention of a
number of influential UK music blogs
including Neon Gold who posted a
of our favorite upcoming singer
that includes a cool music video.
and Dashes wrote, "Caught
between New York and London, Lana del
Ray's all about one of the most
heart-arresting boombox voices of recent
times, taking in Howling Bells'
Juanita Stern's siren-like slur, Debbie
Harry's cocksure nonchalance and all
those mainstream gals that only really
have one song that's even vaguely
here is a special treat for you - a free
download of one of Lizzy's hottest
new tunes, "Diet Mountain
Dew." With Lizzy drawing
rave reviews on both sides of the Atlantic it
looks like just a matter of time before she
breaks out in a big way.