Wednesday, March 12, 2008

FiveThirtyEight.com

As someone who loves numbers and numeric domains and is a political junkie, I was excited to see a new election data blog spring up that looks very good and is called "FiveThirtyEight.com".

538 is the number of electors in the electoral college and it's cool that the site is using a number for its name, even if it's not a true numeric. Maybe the creator originally wanted to buy 538.com but came up against the astonishing realization that an NNN.com is worth $10k minimum, and if an end-user is buying, the sales have been anywhere from $30k-$300k recently. There are only 1,000 of these domains and they have long been all bought out by domainers. Good news for those of us that own numeric domains, not so great for people who don't have the marketing budget of a multinational company and just want to set up a nice little numeric website without spending $30k or more!

Hopefully people won't mind typing in the words for the three numbers, I would guess not, it's still a pretty unique site name. Also, if FiveThirtyEight.com really takes off, perhaps the owner will be able to buy the NNN.com (or rent it for the election season at least). Also, I bet the owner of 538.com is getting a nice spike in traffic these days!