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What's in a (Domain) Name

Published: March 24, 2020

I went through a phase this week of really wanting karle.[original-tld]. Not for a business. Not for boosting my own webpage (it doesn't really have much traffic). Just for me.

The results were... disheartening.

karle.org

Registered since 2004, no website, just an email DNS record. WHOIS guard ensures I can't even reach out to who owns it.

karle.com

For sale by owner on Uniregistry. Ok. Inquired. Owner wants a "serious 5 figure offer". Next!

karle.net

Owned by RealNames, a business seemingly centered around buying lastname.net domains and charging people like me to set up an email. Almost brilliant enough of a business to make me forgive their scumminess. Almost. Nary an option to buy it.

Conclusion

So here we are. Looks like karle.co for at least a little longer.

Update: I've settled on alexkarle.com and plan to use it for the foreseeable future.

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