.ME Registry Announces Auctions

April 8, 2009
April 8, 2009 – (HOSTSEARCH.COM) – The .ME Registry has announced two auctions - one this month and one next - for domains not originally allocated in the Sunrise and Landrush auctions last spring. These auctions are scheduled to begin April 23 and again May 14. Each will last 7 days.

"I challenge you to name a ccTLD that is more popular," suggested Predrag Lesic, Executive Director of the .ME Registry in Montenegro. "Dot-ME has experienced lightning quick adoption rates, we believe, because the letters allow for memorable word play."

Domain names involved in the auction:

- Enlighten.ME
- TalkTo.ME
- Smile4.ME
- Aweso.ME
- Celebrate.ME
- HeLoves.ME
- SheLoves.ME
- Wannabe.ME
- TalkWith.ME
- Discount4.ME
- Excuse.ME
- DoYouKnow.ME

In late March, the .ME Registry auctioned off 35 domains in an online Sedo auction. The popularity of catch phrase domains like Rock.ME, Pay.ME, Test.ME and Bet.ME turned them into top sellers.

The success of catch phrase domains is measurable and significant. YouAnd.ME, an online dating site, launched on Valentine's Day and already has more than 20,000 members and 60,000 page views per day.

Anyone interested in participating in these auctions will currently need to apply through the following authorized registrars:

- 1API Gmbh
- ANO Regional NIC dba RU Center
- DirectNic
- Domaininfo AB
- EuroDNS S.A.
- GoDaddy.com
- Inames Co
- InterNetX Gmbh
- Key-systems Gmbh
- Mesh Digital Limited (DomainMonster.com)
- Net 4 India Limited
- RealTime Register B.V.
- Web Commerce Communications

The .ME Registry was chosen by the government of Montenegro to operate the new .ME domain name extension. .ME Registry partners include ME-net, GoDaddy.com and Afilias Limited. Me-Net is located in Montenegro and its principals have been leaders in the ICT sector in Montenegro, including the privatization of its largest ISP. GoDaddy.com is located in the USA and is the world's largest domain name registrar, according to Netcraft Ltd. Afilias Limited is headquartered in Ireland and is a leading registry services provider, supporting more than 14 million domains worldwide. More than 225,000 .ME domains have been registered since they became available one year ago.

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