Colombia’s Hot New Export

Internet addresses (via Reuters):  Internet addresses: Colombia’s hottest export?

Colombia, which had only 28,000 registered Internet addresses before it opened up the .co domain a year ago, has just signed up its millionth customer.

"It’s globally recognisable, it’s short, and it’s got an incredible technology behind it," says Juan Diego Calle, chief executive of .CO Internet, the registry operator for the .co top level domain.

He says the company mainly attracts small businesses which cannot get a .com address that suits them — some 90 million .com addresses have been registered. But top brands are signing up too.

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  1. tom p says:

    Colombia’s Hot New Export Michele Bachmann

    I hate to admit it, but that is what I first read.

  2. Trumwill says:

    Crap! Crap, crap. I was using that as a stand-in for .com in my writing (for fictitious URLs). I knew it belonged to Colombia, but I forgot to check and see if they were selling it to Americans.

  3. michael reynolds says:
  4. sam says:

    Anybody who follows golf knows this is Colombia’s hottest export: – guy’s got groupies (golfies?) following him around wherever he plays. When I think about my golf game and my looks, I just have to conclude that life is, indeed, unfair….

  5. JKB says:

    Imaging how much money they could make if they could get ahold of the .co2 domain?