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Late.ly etc

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Surprise, surprise, late.ly was registered by Matt Mullenweg, a WordPress founder. Matt loves domains hacks and he probab.ly already has something in mind of it. In any case, it is a good token for .ly's.

In last two months, the Libyan registry was busy with cashing in, people final.ly started to buy .ly's.

So during 9th-12th of December Libyan Spider grabbed the most attractive domains, still available and will probably resell them as premium. Few of those missing now on the prime market: annual.ly, common.ly, general.ly, home.ly, immediate.ly, nice.ly, private.ly, prompt.ly, random.ly, rapid.ly, quarter.ly, sole.ly, special.ly, successful.ly... Good jingles, without any doubt.

Other good domains: elegant.ly, legal.ly, and logical.ly. Still quite few available.

Envy.Me

All possible envyme.com's are taken. Even envyme.us with some decent forum... With envyme.com and envyme.biz being beauty blogs it simply cannot go wrong. A nice teaser indeed.

This is probably what Chris Sanders from California was thinking when he was buying envy.me during the land rush auction for mere $1,113.99 only after 29 bids. Well, that was back in August, and after four month the site is just down. Hopefully it is coming up as something artistic this time.

Something like Kevin Payne from Boston is trying to promote with his envyme.tv / envyme.org project:

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Social.me

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Social Me is a fan club with some 50K+ supporters (as of 11th of December 2008) on Facebook.

However, despite been a great initiative they lack the website. All they came up with so far was:
http://Being
http://unable
http://to
http://have
http://website
http://you
http://can
http://still
http://join
http://the
http://SOCIAL
http://ME
http://ADDICTS
http://group!!!!

Domain social.me was not a premium .me domain. It went for $2,215.00 after 52 bids during .me land rush auctions. However, the winning party probably didn't pay, so the domain went back to the registry. Now, we have to wait until it will be released again, most likely on the premium auction. In any case, the price tag will go up to $100K or more, as .me are becoming very popular and scarce too.

socialme.com, socialme.net, socialme.org, socialme.info, socialme.biz are all taken as all social.*** and even social-me.com and social-me.net.

Surprisingly, unsocial.me is still available on the prime market. Any one interested? But what do you do with it?

Socialist.me is gone to California and Republican.me and Democratic.me are taken too. The first may do well in France, the other will probably wait for the next US elections. Who knows?

Natürli.ch

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An interesting German or rather Swiss site natürli.ch promoting various dairy products. The proper spelling would be natuerli.ch, however it was taken by somebody else, so they went for naturli.ch.

The English equivalents, natural.me and natural.ly, are still waiting to be develop.

Match with Me

A new feature appeared on Facebook, "Match with me":

Interesting why did Caroline Jenson register matchwith.me but left match-with.me out. Actual.ly, match-with.me is still available on the prime market. Anyone interested?

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I’m a PC – and it’s all about me

Taken in the city of London. Actual.ly, this advertisement is everywhere, in the tube, in the buses, on the street, loos... Microsoft is trying to catch up and restore its image, final.ly.

The Economist was writing about this campaign already back in September (see Advertising: Postmodern wriggle). Although, in London they decided to feature other people, but Bill Gates.

Was it a coincidence, or did Carol Jong know about this campain when she was registering itsallabout.me in August? Sure.ly, it waits for Microsoft to pick it up, quick.ly, and do some really cool.ly brand promotion.

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ovi.com versus ovi.mobi versus ovi.me

If Nokia would believe in .mobi, what would they rather promote ovi.com or ovi.mobi? It is all about ovi.com in the press, however ovi.mobi is the one you will need for your mobile. The former is a PC versions and the latter is the mobile.

ovi.me was registered by Nokia as well, although, at the moment the company has no plans regarding it whatsoever.


The Economist : Business: Nokia : Ovi go again : The world’s biggest handset-maker makes a new push into mobile services

Nokia maps out its strategy

At first glance, Nokia, the world’s biggest handset-maker, seems to be lurching about. On November 27th it announced that it would withdraw from the Japanese market because of lack of demand. Five days later the Finnish firm said it would make a big push into two other markets: maps and e-mail on mobile phones. Both moves, although not directly related, show where the firm is heading: it is no longer pursuing growth just in handsets, but also in services delivered on them.

It is easy to see why Nokia wants to move into services. The handset market is maturing. In many rich countries there are more mobile subscriptions than people. Rapid growth is limited to emerging markets. Handsets are becoming a commodity with shrinking margins. Nokia could focus on increasing its market share, which stands at nearly 40% worldwide. The more promising bet, however, is mobile services, a market that is finally taking off.

Nokia is not new to mobile services, but its earlier forays into the field were not very successful. A few years ago, when it launched Club Nokia—a mobile store for ringtones and other add-ons for its phones—mobile operators saw it as an attempt to take over the relationship with their customers. They complained, and since Nokia mainly sells its handsets to operators, rather than directly to consumers, Club Nokia was duly scaled back. In August 2007, however, Nokia launched a new services initiative in the form of Ovi, an attempt to create a global one-stop shop for mobile services, much like those Yahoo! and Google provide for the internet.

Nokia wants Ovi, which means “door” in Finnish, to be even more: a hub that integrates mobile services between handsets and personal computers (PCs). To see what it has in mind, consider two popular online services: digital maps and photo sharing. Pictures taken using a mobile phone equipped with positioning technology—such as Nokia’s new touch-screen N97, also launched this week—can be automatically stamped with co-ordinates and uploaded to the Ovi website, where they appear on a map to be shared with friends.

The industry initially greeted Ovi with scepticism. But Nokia has made steady progress in the past year. It has spent more than $10 billion buying firms with technology to support its services strategy, notably Navteq, the world’s biggest maker of digital maps. Nokia also launched new offerings, including a music store and a service that synchronises phone numbers and other data between a PC and a handset.

Surprising many industry observers, Nokia has convinced leading mobile operators such as Vodafone and T-Mobile to support Ovi on their handsets. Ovi will be offered alongside their own services, and operators will take a cut of the revenues which Nokia hopes to make from advertising, e-commerce and subscriptions to premium services. The operators are less worried about Nokia’s push into services this time around because their own efforts to build mobile portals largely failed.

With this week’s launch of two new services, called “Maps on Ovi” and “Mail on Ovi”, Nokia has all its key services up and running. Now it needs to tackle the hard part of its strategy: making it all work together seamlessly, for instance by offering a single sign-on for all its services and one-touch access. Only then, says John Delaney of IDC, a market-research firm, are consumers likely to go for Ovi, rather than picking and choosing their own set of services, as they mostly do on the internet.

Nokia also faces the task of getting the word out and convincing people to sign up, argues Ben Wood of CCS Insight, another market-research firm. Nokia has done hardly any advertising for Ovi so far: it wanted to make sure that its services worked well first. It will start to advertise Ovi in 2009, but it will not be easy to create a brand that can rival the coolness of Apple’s iPhone or Google’s new mobile-phone software, called Android.

Still, it would be wrong to underestimate Ovi, or the Finnish firm’s determination to make it a success. Nokia also has the advantage of being the world’s leading handset-maker: it will sell around 470m devices this year, and if even a small proportion of its customers sign up for Ovi next year, that is a huge market. In developing countries, where most people do not have internet access, but more and more own mobile phones, “@ovi.com” could become as widespread an e-mail address as, say, “@yahoo.com” in the rich world.

Nokia also has history on its side. Having started off in forestry and paper products in the 19th century, it later moved into rubber, cables and electronics before focusing on mobile phones in the 1980s. Ovi is a gamble, but the 143-year-old firm has a knack for reinventing itself.

[Source: The Economist]

“This is Me” exhibition comes to More London

"This is Me" is a collection of photos and stories from Mencap's annual Snap! competition and will be on display at More London Riverside from 17 December until 8 January 2009. Every picture is by or of someone with a learning disability. It is a cellebratory collection of images that aims to make the visitor smile, think and more importantly, to look twice.

The exhibition is brought to More London by Mencap, the voice of learning disability.

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Metro.co.uk : ME view & ME music

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"ME" words are used as topic headlines in Metro paper in London, United Kingdom:

Follow me

Another two examples of how "me" slogans are used in the advertisement. One from London Stansted airport, "set your watch to 'me' time":

And another from SIXT company, "follow me to competitive rates":

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