EU Domain Takes Off

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Europeans have rushed to grab a virtual home in cyberspace, says the BBC.

Hundreds of thousands of people have signed up for new .eu domain name since it became available to the public on Friday, according to the BBC News report. It says that the new .eu domain name will become second only to .com in terms of importance and the volume of traffic that the best .eu domains are likely to attract.

Applications have already been coming in at high volumes:

[] According to the .eu administrator Eurid, German and British net users account for most of the domain name applications. British registrants made up 236,573 by late afternoon, just behind Germany with 237,928. In third place were the Dutch with 125,426 applications.

I’m now among this group (although as a Brit in The Netherlands, which category would I be in?) as I’ve just registered nevillehobson.eu.

According to the European Commission, the .eu domain will assume special signficance from May:

The EU institutions’ entire web site (Europe’s largest single site), and all their officials’ e-mail addresses, will be switched over to .eu on 9 May, Europe Day. Old and new addresses will continue to work side-by-side for at least one year, after which only “.eu” names will be used.

If you’re resident in an EU member state, you can apply for an .eu domain name. Details from Eurid.

Or do what I did – use GoDaddy (or any one of the accredited registrars) and see if the domain you want is available. If it is, and you satisfy the EU residency requirement, you’ll have your shiny new .eu domain.

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Neville Hobson is the author of the popular NevilleHobson.com blog which focuses on business communication and technology.

Neville is currentlly the VP of New Marketing at Crayon. Visit Neville Hobson’s blog: NevilleHobson.com.

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