Podgorica, Montenegro – Feb. 10, 2009 – The Internet’s most popular new domain name extension, .ME, now includes a portfolio of two-hundred thousand names registered worldwide.
This makes .ME the fastest growing new ccTLD launch on record!
OpenDoor.ME, registered in Fukuoka, Japan, was the name that pushed the registry portfolio to the new milestone.
The .ME domain extension has become quite popular in the United States for both personal and business uses, but it is available and being registered aggressively in many other parts of the world.
“The appeal for dot-ME domain names is truly global,” said the registry’s executive director, Predrag Lesic. “Beyond the United States, people and companies from countries such as Germany, France, the United Kingdom and China are registering dot-ME domain names.”
Some of the more than 181 countries representing the thousands of .ME registrations include Canada, India, Australia, Israel, Spain, the Netherlands and its originating country, Montenegro. Right now, more than 100 registrars offer the top-level domain, which was introduced in April 2008.
“Having hit 200,000 registered domains in a mere ten months signals to us that dot-ME is seen as a valuable online asset,” adds Lesic. “The best part is there are still so many great names available, in every language.”
In October, the .ME Registry reduced the minimum requirement for a .ME domain registration to one year, instead of the previous two-year commitment.