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1999\07\10@141615 by Sean H. Breheny

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Hi all,

Just a quick question. I have been noticing lately that a number of domain
names now end in ".to"

For example:
>James Newton, webmaster http://get.to/techref

and also, several on "come.to"

It sounds like a phrase "come to" or "get to". Is this the idea? OR, does
the "to" stand for something? I thought that all domains in the US ended in
.COM,.GOV,.EDU,.NET,.ORG (and perhaps one or two others I forgot) and that
ones not in the US had a country designation, such as .UK, .IE,etc (often
in addition to the .GOV or .CO, .EDU, etc.). Along this line of thinking,
.TO would be in some country which was represented by the letters TO ?!

Thanks in advance for clearing up my confusion,

Sean


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1999\07\10@143743 by Lee Jones

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> Just a quick question. I have been noticing lately that a
> number of domain names now end in ".to"

> For example:
>> James Newton, webmaster http://get.to/techref

> and also, several on "come.to"  It sounds like a phrase
> "come to" or "get to". Is this the idea?

It looks like people are using Tonga (.to top level domain)
as a mechanism to market to English speakers.

> OR, does the "to" stand for something? I thought that all
> domains in the US ended in .COM,.GOV,.EDU,.NET,.ORG (and

As the ARPAnet grew, the developers found that people liked
using names.  The domain name system was the result.  No one
guessed how big and global it would become.

> perhaps one or two others I forgot) and that ones not in
> the US had a country designation, such as .UK, .IE, etc

There are about 250 top level domains now.

The US has the top level .us domain too.  There are a lot
of sites like <city>.<state>.us.  They're also dwarfed by
the number of .com, .edu, etc sites.

                                               Lee Jones

1999\07\10@162825 by Tim Hamel

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In a message dated 7/10/99 11:38:39 AM Pacific Daylight Time,
.....leeKILLspamspam@spam@FRUMBLE.CLAREMONT.EDU writes:

> It looks like people are using Tonga (.to top level domain)
>  as a mechanism to market to English speakers.

But more importantly, some sites provide the ".to" domain as a DNS
redirection to a REAL site. And yes, the original poster was right in
assuming that it means "Come.to" or "Go.to" In other words, it's not really a
top level domain, it's just a bounce site.

Tim H.

1999\07\10@182246 by paulb

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Tim Hamel wrote:

> But more importantly, some sites provide the ".to" domain as a DNS
> redirection to a REAL site. And yes, the original poster was right in
> assuming that it means "Come.to" or "Go.to" In other words, it's not
> really a top level domain, it's just a bounce site.

 Yes fellas, I'm surprised you didn't know already!  *All* of those are
redirects.  It's heavily advertised and if you go to one of those sites,
they contain an advertising link to the "main" site, whoever or whatever
or wherever that is in non-virtuality.  Just go to http://www.come.to/
or http://come.to/ or go.to/ and you get the same page.

 Does it benefit Tonga to be so sold off (or similarly Cocos and
Keeling Islands, ".cc" or a few others)?  I don't know.
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 Cheers,
       Paul B.

1999\07\11@010347 by klaus domes

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Hello Sean,

".to"  stands for the Republic of Toga which acc. to "Internic" (the US
flogger of internet domains) is now in the business of selling domain names
too.
Well, I guess everybody wants to make a quick buck. Why not with internet
domains.
Hope this answers your question.

Klaus Domes
Montreal, Canada


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1999\07\12@100640 by Matt Bonner

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"Paul B. Webster VK2BZC" wrote:
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>   Does it benefit Tonga to be so sold off (or similarly Cocos and
> Keeling Islands, ".cc" or a few others)?  I don't know.

A Toronto company purchased the top level domain name from Tuvalu
(.tv).  They hoped to make a lot of money marketing domain names to the
Hollywood crowd (baywatch.tv).

A while ago somebody posted this link for the country codes:
 http://www.cep.unt.edu/codes.html

--Matt

1999\07\12@180730 by paulb

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Matt Bonner wrote:

> A Toronto company purchased the top level domain name from Tuvalu
> (.tv).  They hoped to make a lot of money marketing domain names to
> the Hollywood crowd (baywatch.tv).

 And did they?  (make a lot of money)

 Presumably Tuvalu can still register *meaningful* domains as
necessary?  Did they profit appropriately from the deal?

> A while ago somebody posted this link for the country codes:
>   http://www.cep.unt.edu/codes.html

 Nice link.  I bookmarked it (in a *findable* fashion) at the time.
--
 Cheers,
       Paul B.

1999\07\13@094130 by Matt Bonner

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"Paul B. Webster VK2BZC" wrote:
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> Matt Bonner wrote:
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> > A Toronto company purchased the top level domain name from Tuvalu
> > (.tv).  They hoped to make a lot of money marketing domain names to
> > the Hollywood crowd (baywatch.tv).
>
>   And did they?  (make a lot of money)

Not so far.  I think that they've been at it for at least a year and
haven't met expectations.

--Matt

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