Issue was edited: the "domain name" phenomena

From: Jim Pitkow (pitkow@parc.xerox.com)
Date: Wed, Sep 29 1999


Date: Tue, 28 Sep 1999 23:24:55 PDT
To: WCA default <www-wca@w3.org>
From: Jim Pitkow <pitkow@parc.xerox.com>
Message-Id: <99Sep29.002128pdt."359950"@louise.parc.xerox.com>
Subject: Issue was edited: the "domain name" phenomena


[Ed, Would you like to handle this one? Thanks, Jim]

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Issue Summary:
             Forum: WCA issues tracking forum [1]                       
             Issue: the "domain name" phenomena [2]                     
          Category: General Web Statistics (size, etc)                  
          Priority: important                                           
             State: new                                                 

        Created on: 1999-09-25 10:19:59                                 
        Created by: mark hulyer [3]                                     
       Assigned to: WCA default [4]                                     

Issue Description:
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Just who is it that is supposedly buying all these domains??? I know there
are Brokers listing 1000's for sale but is there really an industry out
there ready and more importantly able to buy these preregistered
domains.According to OCLC(www.oclc.org)there were,as of June '99 only 3.6m
actual websites,which means that there is globally in the region of 6m
inactive and lonely domain names with seemingly nowhere to go.That in
economic terms is on the way to a BILLION bucks tied-up!! The number of
possible domain names that can be registered is 3.17x10 to the 34rd power
in other words a lot. Please will someone enlighten me.
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[2] http://cgi.w3.org/ETA/issues.php3/wca/?issues_id=344
[3] http://cgi.w3.org/ETA/contacts.php3/wca/?contacts_id=56
[4] http://cgi.w3.org/ETA/contacts.php3/wca/?contacts_id=1