We are living in the industrial era of domaining.
I was reading Irving Stone’s excellent book “Men to Match My Mountains” about the Westward settlement of the united States, and too many similarities to the California Gold Rush came to mind. One phrase stuck in my mind from the book regarding the gold rush and the population of men eager to mine the riverbeds and earth of the Sierra Nevada.
The first land rushes of the internet have passed, and the second coming of the domain hordes are still scrabbling over the claims. The easy pickings have been grabbed and some heavy digging and luck is now involved for domain success. But the benefits for hard digging latecomers still exist. Luck does play a part, but so does hard work.
One of the phrases used to describe the settlement of the Western United States “a marching laboratory of political experiment”. This is because the migrating hordes brought their systems of government with them to function in the new mining camps and towns. The business of finding gold also helped enable a growing system of self-government independent of a federal governing body.
Something similar has happened online with encroaching populations of domain owners moving back and forth and bringing their mores to the new markets. New global body of domain name owners and groups of representative geographic domains have joined the fray. I speak here of the non-English character domain name markets and foreign language frontiers in domain names worldwide.
I would term the domaining community at this time as “a rapidly byting environment of creative experiment.” Individual domain name owners can define their web ventures on a piecemeal, name by name basis. Dynamics in both trends show massive populations of individuals coming together for new goals and using new tools and technology.
But after the first few waves of prospectors looking for easy gold had come through, some infrastructure erected itself. The systems of government and geographical settlement set the standard for mimetic communities in the area to establish themselves. These edifications provided groundwork for the communities to come in the future.
This sounds a lot to me like the domain name marketplace for the last ten years. The first easy gold rush is equivalent to the first few domain tld generations. By now, word has gotten out and the best claims have been staked. The later era of the gold digging claim towns were a changed breed, full of lawlessness, crimes, and lessening profit for all concerned.
Every domainer should sling his pick and shovel onto his back every day before booting up, and take a good look around. There’s gold in them thar domains.
Originally posted 2010-03-19 22:54:35. Republished by Blog Post Promoter