Sunday, June 5, 2011

Registration of NNNNN.com Slows For a Day: Why?

I have been doing daily checks of available NNNNN.com to see if registration trends continue at their pace of 13-15/day on average as they near 99.25% registration.  As noted before, at this point, registration could easily increase or decrease, as domainers sense a buyout, or on the other hand, shy away from the remaining domains, which are of the worst quality.

On June 3, 2011, there were 719 domains available to be registered, including recent drops.  On June 4, 2011, there were 752 domains available, also including recent drops.  This was a break from the usual steady pace of domain registration, and perhaps this could be a sign that buying is drying up for these domains as the remaining domains are of poorer quality.

Not knowing what to make of this trend, I moseyed on over to 4.cn, a Chinese domain auction site where a lot of numerics are bought and sold on a daily basis.  And what is happening over there?  Nothing, the place is virtually dead.  A few auctions here and there, but for the most part, there are very few auctions active right now.

Then it occurred to me, maybe the two phenomenon are connected?  I typed in "chinese holiday 2011" into google and, of course, June 4-6 is an official public holiday, the Dragon Boat Festival.   So while I am wondering why the sudden drop in interest in numeric domains, Chinese domainers are out having a ball, eating zongzi, drinking realgar wine, and racing dragon boats. So, no implications can be drawn right now from the drop in activity in numeric auctions or registration of numeric domains.  Will just have to wait until next week when everyone returns from the festivities to see how the trends fare.  Happy Dragon Boat Festival to all!