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Announced This Week: Google+ and Custom TLD's

Posted on June 28, 2011 by Josh Mc

Would You Buy a .Business Website?

I just recently heard the news that ICANN announced they will allow companies to purchase their own .whatever domain names starting next year. This is a really interesting announcement that has the possibility for many great new marketing campaigns, such as drink.pepsi and others. I was eager to hear more about the listings until I heard that they are going to cost $185,000 just to file the application, then another $25,000 per year in order to maintain it. While for many big businesses this is a small price to pay, for the medium business and below there is not much likelihood they will be adopting their own domain in the near future. I can understand the need for keeping squatters off of TLDs, but that price seems a little absorbent for the purchase of a .whatever domain name.

What do you think, do you think companies will adopt this and start to pick up domains when it starts in Jan, 2012?

Google+ The Social Network We All Knew Was Coming

Google announced Google+ today, their long speculated version of a social network that is an attempt to try and capitalize on the rise of Facebook by keeping people on Google businesses. The video below explains what exactly plus is, but whether or not people use remains to be seen. Personally, I think it is a cool idea and some of the things they are doing are interesting, but with their track record of releasing things then immediately moving onto something else (Wave and Buzz) I am not sure it will be able to gain traction.

What are your thoughts? Are you interested in this?

Google: What Do You Love

It is big day for Google with many different projects showcased, as well as a new design. What do you love is another one of the many. While not ground breaking, it basically is a search engine that allows you to see all of the different Google products in one place. For example, if you search for waterfalls it returns a nice page where you can see waterfalls on the map, blogs, YouTube, patents and more.

Google what do you love

I’m not really sure what the point of this one is other then that it is an easy way for Google to introduce people to their products that they may not have known about before; however, I am hard pressed to find a term that would actually return relevant results for all of the different Google products.

What are your thoughts? Will you use this? Lets us know in the comments.

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