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People and Companies in the News: .ORG, Michael Mann, T.R.A.F.F.I.C., Zenscrow and Jerusalem.com

Public Interest Registry (PIR), the administrator of the .ORG TLD, issued their latest semiannual domain name report, The Dashboard (.pdf file), this week. .ORG has been growing at a rapid clip for years now and that growth continued in the first six months of 2012 with registrations climbing 7.7% from the same period last year.


Other .ORG highlights from the first half of 2012 included:

• .ORG domain registrations surpassed the 9.9 million mark (and went on to pass 10 million on July 11).
• Domains under management rose by 305,948 over the six month period ending June 30.
• PIR applied for six new top-level domains, .NGO, .ONG, and four internationalized domains that translate into “organization,” “org” or “structured organization” for the Chinese, Russian, and Indian market.

.ORG is the world’s third largest global TLD, behind only .COM and .NET. Since 2006, .ORG has exploded from 3.9 million registrations to the 9.9 million live at the end of June 2012 – an increase of 154% over the past six years.

Michael Mann

Speaking of growth, three companies owned by domain investing and development pioneer Michael Mann (who was the subject of DN Journal Cover stories in September 2003 and September 2007) have made Inc. Magazine's 2012 list of America's 500 fastest growing companies that is due on newsstands soon.

In a post on his Facebook page, Mann (who founded BuyDomains.com and later sold the company to NameMedia) said Phone.com (#262), DomainMarket.com (#292) and SEO.com (#491) will all appear on the same Inc. 500 list. Getting one company on the list is a huge achievement for any company, but landing three on it at the same time is truly extraordinary.

"Hopefully I'm setting a record and will get lots of press highlighting our charitable works,"

Mann said in reference to Grassroots.org, a non-profit charitable organization he founded to serve as "a catalyst for positive social change by leveraging modern technologies and best business practices." Grassroots.org provides nonprofit organizations with free valuable technologies and resources to increase their efficiency and productivity. 

If you find yourself interested in buying any of the domains that will be up for sale in the 2012 T.R.A.F.F.I.C. conference's live domain auction in October, a new partnership between the show's organizers and Zenscrow.com could make it a lot easier for you. T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Co-Founder Rick Schwartz announced on his blog that Zenscrow will offer financing for live auction buyers. 

In an earlier announcement, T.R.A.F.F.I.C. and Escrow.com reported a new strategic partnership that makes Escrow.com the exclusive escrow service provider for T.R.A.F.F.I.C. auctions.

One other note today, in our March 2012 Cover Story about Igal Lichtman's TrafficMedia, I told you about the impressive virtual reality tour of Jerusalem that the company introduced on its Jerusalem.com website. They have now taken that technology mobile with a new iPad app that  allows you to visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre - the site of Jesus’ crucifixion, burial and resurrection and for many followers the most important Christian pilgrimage destination in the world.

Lichtman said such mobile offerings are a powerful way to promote domains and websites through apps. He said the new iPad app will be sold for $19.99 (or more) after this month, but through August it can be downloaded for 99 cents

The iTunes page describes the new app as a 3D Interactive learning experience, with 

Igal Lichtman, Jerusalem.com

excerpts saying, "Traced to the last detail, incredibly exact and with reliable content verified by leading religious authorities, counselors and experts...Rising above politics, conflicts and geographical boundaries, Jerusalem.com is a truly spiritual learning experience for the whole family unlike anything seen before."

(Posted August 17, 2012)  

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