The holidays are upon us, #GenXYZ! November has been an amazing month for us, starting with the great partnership with Gandi and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (get the deets here), all the way to our first ever hackathon with Product Forge in Scotland (details coming soon).
Ever wonder what Team XYZ is doing behind the world’s most popular new domain extension? We’re excited to share with you the most recent photos and the official premiere of our office Movember videos!
In an effort to give back to our own local community, over the weekend, Team XYZ began a volunteer partnership with the St. Francis Center in downtown Los Angeles. The St. Francis Center is an amazing organization that is responsible for feeding and providing resources to the homeless and elderly, and we couldnÂ’t be more excited to prep, cook, and serve food to our neighbors in need.
Things got busy during service but we managed to snap a few pics here and there:
Our second November wrap-up update is Movember! As many of you know, weÂ’ve been supporting Movember and raising awareness for men’s health via our MoÂ’s. To top it all off, check out these MoÂ’tastic videos that we whipped up. As the domain extension for everyone, everywhere, we wanted to celebrate Movember for all with these little snippets:
Which one was your favorite? Let us know through the usual Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram – our ears are always open for you, #GenXYZ!
And last but certainly not least, from our XYZ family to yours, we hope you have a very Happy Thanksgiving!
Happy Wednesday, #GenXYZ! HowÂ’s the week been treating you?
With the holiday season right around the corner, weÂ’ve been working hard for you, #GenXYZ, to keep growing .xyz as the go-to ending for domains all through 2014 and beyond. A lot has happened since our last post. Did you catch our #Movember Mo progress? Or CEO and Founder Daniel NegariÂ’s latest blog post about small businesses?
DonÂ’t forget to sign up for the .xyz newsletter to get the freshest news straight to your inbox.
And I think you know whatÂ’s coming up next: #WebsiteWednesday! WeÂ’ve covered a cornucopia of websites (thatÂ’s the Thanksgiving spirit speaking through us), and we arenÂ’t showing any signs of slowing down. As the domain for every website, everywhere, we are always excited to see such a diverse range of websites going live!
This week, the spotlight is on music. .xyz domains are, of course, perfect for artist portfolios, but theyÂ’re also a great way to show off some tunes to your listeners.
House Of Lords is a Toronto-based music and design blog, bringing you carefully curated tracks and playlists. Are you a fan of house, hip-hop, or bass music? You wonÂ’t be disappointed with their selection, and what is more exciting than finding your new favorite song?! Check out their sleek site and follow their SoundCloud account for a midweek pick-me-up.
From the other side of the world is Unmapped. Unmapped is an innovative music collective based in Paris, and performs widely across France, Germany, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece, and the U.S. Made up of eleven members, theyÂ’re the laboratory for the next generation of music. Focusing on technology and human interactivity, you surely will be listening to the music of the future when you check out Unmapped.xyz!
Did you discover any new favorite songs through these awesome .xyz websites, #GenXYZ? Share your favorites with us through Twitter and Facebook, and as always, let us know if you have any #WebsiteWednesday websites youÂ’d like us to feature. Also, be sure to look forward toÂ new .xyz videos coming out later this week!
If you could get your hands on a 3D printer, what would YOU make, #GenXYZ? With all the rage with 3D printing these days, some of us might overlook the important step before printing: designing. For this weekÂ’s #WebsiteWednesday, we had the opportunity to interview the CEO and self-proclaimed Â“80Â’s Movies GeekÂ” of UMake.xyz, Evi Meyer.
UMake isÂ an exciting startup based in Palo Alto, CA, launching the newest intuitive 3D design software – all through their awesome .xyz domain name. When deciding on a business name, they wanted something to reflect the flexibility and innovative quality of their product. And thatÂ’s exactly what they found with UMake.xyz.
For their online presence, Evi shared with us that Â“.xyz fit like a glove for [their]Â UMake brand. It has a double meaning: 1) XYZ can be anything Â‘this X, that Y, and ZÂ’ 2) XYZ are 3D space axes. This is exactly what we want our brand to reflect: You can make anything in 3D.Â”
Now letÂ’s dive-in with a few questions:
XYZ: What makes your product stand out from other 3D design software such as SketchUp or AutoCAD?
UMake: All of these tools are great and have influenced the design software space for many years. The difference between UMake and these software offerings is that:
- UMake is a super simple and intuitive app, as opposed to having a steep learning curve
- Anyone can use it, not only professionals
- It’s on mobile, where the touchscreen is key!
Mobile is where everyone is right now. We want to leverage the mobile platform and strengthen its position as the new standard for software experiences that cater to hobbyists and professionals.
X: You just launched your beta program. How are things going so far?
U: It’s very exciting for us to release something that we have put a ton of effort into. We’re starting to get initial data on how people are using our app and we’re getting tons of great ideas and suggestions from people that tell us how UMake can change the way people look at 3D design – that’s amazing and an interesting experience for us.
X: Your team has an extremely impressive background and are all alums of Autodesk (for those who might not know, Autodesk is the industry leader in 3D design software). How has branching off and the experience of being a startup been?
U: All we can say is “Wow!” This is the most amazing experience we’ve all had in years. I think the freedom to do something you’re so passionate about, and build something, makes it an awesome experience. The uncertainty can sometimes be less pleasant, but that’s also what’s amazing about it – the process can surprise you and brings you to new heights.
Well, there you have it, #GenXYZ. UMake is changing the face ofÂ 3D design and the team is working hard so YOU can seamlessly bring your ideas to life. UMake isÂ looking to add more talented people like you who want to test-drive new design experiences and help improve UMake. This is a great opportunity for designers to try something new. Sign up for the beta program on UMake.xyz now!
Fun fact: they also registered Â“YouMake.xyzÂ”, just in case some of us mightÂ type it in that way. YouMake.xyz will automatically redirect you to their proper site, UMake.xyz. What a great strategy!
Are there any other .xyz websites that youÂ’d like Team XYZ to have a fireside chat with? Let us know through Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and tag #GenXYZ.
As you can tell, weÂ’re all about teamwork here at .xyz. Our CEO Daniel Negari revealed some of the team’s background in a recent blog post, aptly titled: The team that is changing the internet. Just like any other venture or project, collaboration gives you huge strides towards innovation and success. For todayÂ’s #WebsiteWednesday, thatÂ’s exactly the theme weÂ’re going with: collaboration.
WeÂ’re introducing two sites that are taking a new approach on the familiar subjects of business and dance. Taking collaboration and the advantages of the internet hand-in-hand, these sites are paving the way and building their own genres of websites. And they’re in both very different industries. Their commonality? Their .xyz domain, of course!
We love talking about our favorite .xyz websites, but weÂ’re going to hand the reins over to the creators this time. How they describe their sites is a must-read! Be sure to check out their sites for the full deets.
IRIS is a collection of vetted experts, in unique areas that offer information and services to make managing your business and interacting with your clients more impactful. We also offer a little candy that will help make your clients even stickier.
IRIS is not about the people behind it, itÂ’s about all of the experts on the site sharing their knowledge and giving you something new and different to absorb and think about. Pardon us if weÂ’re a little disruptive along the wayÂ—after all, we do want your attention.
xyz nyc is a new approach to modern dance-making in New York City. Bringing the choreographic process to a reality-TV-inspired format, we invite modern dance-makers to meet for the first time and create an entirely new performance-ready piece in a single week.
The dance audience community needs new life, too. How do we open up our community in a welcoming way? How do we address the common feeling that modern, avant-garde dance is confusing, boring, and impossible to Â“getÂ” (unless one has a degree in dance) without compromising the integrity of the work? xyz nyc encompasses dances in a format familiar to almost everyone- a television game show.
What do you think of this week’s #WebsiteWednesday, #GenXYZ? Drop us a line on Facebook, Twitter, and InstagramÂ and let us know what you’re thinking!
ICYMI, .xyz had two pumpkin carving contests last week. One was held at XYZ HQ, and the other was the #DynaXYZCarveOff: a virtual contest against our friends at Dynadot. Which one was your favorite pumpkin? Let us know your vote in our .xyz Pumpkin Carving photo album!
Until next time!
Who defends your speech, rights, and privacy in this massive digital world? This is exactly what the heroic folks over at the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) do!
#GenXYZ, weÂ’ve done it again. With the help of our partners over at Gandi, .xyz is one of the first new registries to support a nonprofit organization through the registration of domains. For the entire month of November, .xyz and Gandi will each donate $0.50 to EFF for every .xyz domain name registered.
And the cherry on top? Gandi is currently offering .xyz at the amazing price of $4, meaning, the equivalent of 25% of your registration will go towards supporting EFF. How awesome is that? You truly are killing two birds with one stone: get your fresh new .xyz domain AND support EFF, the defenders of your civil liberties in the digital world.
So show your support and act now! Head on over to Gandi and take advantage of this unique November promotion.
Do you have another project youÂ’d like us to support in December? Shoot us a message on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram and let us know!
Which one of the XYZ videos was your favorite, #GenXYZ?
As the domain extension for every website, everywhere, .xyz is the most popular new ending for domains all over the world. Have you heard? One of the largest .xyz markets is all the way across the Pacific Ocean from here in the US, in the island country of Japan.
Japan is, of course, famous for being a world leader in tech and electronics. Did you know? There are over 110 million internet users in Japan. And this is all from a country that can physically fit entirely within the state of California!
So what kind of .xyz websites are they building in Japan? We featured a couple way back when (here and here), but check out these freshly picked gems for this weekÂ’s #WebsiteWednesday!
jagzzi is an online fashion and trend magazine run by a group of likeminded Japanese college students in the heart of Tokyo. They ditched their .com (test it out: jagzzi.com will redirect you to their .xyz domain) and publish an eyecatching, sometimes-disruptive, online magazine that they plan, research, edit, and put into production all on their own.
As college students, they wanted a space where they can express themselves before Â“nowÂ” turns into something of the past. Even if you donÂ’t speak Japanese, definitely flip through jagzzi.xyz to check out fashionable snaps from the streets of Harajuku.
Ampersand is the name of this freelance web developerÂ’s hybrid personal and business website. Right off the bat, itÂ’s obvious how creative and innovative she is! From the colorful floating figures in the background, to even the little details in her Â“aboutÂ” page. Â“AmpersandÂ” (for those who might not know, is the word for the symbol Â“&Â”) was chosen as the site name because her last name is Â“AndoÂ”: the Japanese pronunciation for the word Â“andÂ”. Clever, donÂ’t you think?
She even created this fun little page for anyone who wants to feast their eyes on a few soothing aquarium scenes during their work day. She personally recorded aquarium footage from Tokyo for your enjoyment at ampersand.xyz/aquarium.
What do you think of these awesome .xyz sites from Japan, #GenXYZ? As always, let us know what YOUR favorite .xyz sites are by dropping us a line on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.
With Halloween right around the corner, Team XYZ has a lantern full of fun things coming your way. Be sure to keep an eye out!
TheÂ #XYZsquadÂ has had a long couple weeks.Â First was the international ICANN conference, which was held in our backyard of sunny Los Angeles. If you happened to be there,Â it’s needless to say that you definitely caught a glimpse of a few of them and probably even received a goodie. For everyone else, they’ll just have to watch the video and hope to catch them at the next one.
After a busy but successful ICANN week, the XYZ Team celebrated by hosting our very own tailgate at the USC campus for homecoming. You can check out the photo album by clicking here, but we’ve made a montage below:
And last but not least was Ad:Tech in London. The #XYZsquadÂ grabbed a lot of attention across the pond, and fortunately a couple fans were able to capture some great footage for us.
Where will the #XYZsquad be next? We’re not totally sure to be honest, but we’ve got a feeling they might pop up in Vegas in January. As always, be sure to check back in with us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram to get all the latest from our team. Have a good weekend, #GenXYZ!
Post-ICANN, pumpkin spiced everything, and with Halloween just around the corner, itÂ’s finally starting to feel like fall here in LA! #GenXYZ, what will you be for Halloween this year?
It might be because of the much anticipated sweater weather, but weÂ’re in the mood to give the usual #WebsiteWednesday a little twist. In fact, we wonÂ’t be featuring any websites at all!
YouÂ’d think that at .xyz, websites are our bread and butter, but we wanted to share with you one of the other most popular ways to use your awesome .xyz domain.
For those of you who follow our CEO and Founder Daniel NegariÂ’s blog, youÂ’re already in the know that celebrity NASCAR racer, Kyle Busch, uses kylebusch.xyz as a cool branded URL in his tweets. If you saw a tweet with kylebusch.xyz/ABC vs. bit.ly/ABC, which would you want to click more? We agree. kylebusch.xyz, hands down.
.@KyleBusch | @mmschocolate Race Advance: From Tricks to Treats at Martinsville. http://t.co/8K9ifzZ5Di pic.twitter.com/77ZJVD9K8t
Â— Ryan: #KBShow (@TheKBshow) October 21, 2014
The Garrigan Lyman Group (GLG)
GLG is a digital marketing agency using glg.xyz as its URL shortener. Currently, theyÂ’re promoting glg.xyz/_loveli for one of their most successful campaigns, ever.Â
#VIDEO: Global tennis star retires. Social tribute goes viral. How to leverage #socialmedia. http://t.co/KuNvLvySGB https://t.co/GljMQ8Pb0U Â— Garrigan Lyman (@GarriganLyman) October 20, 2014
To honor Li NaÂ’s retirement from the professional tennis spotlight, Babolat and GLG schemed a viral social media campaign for fans to take part in celebrating her successful career (she was ranked #2 in the entire WORLD and has two Grand Slam titles in her back pocket: the French and Australian Opens).
Through the hashtag #LoveLi, the campaign launched with a bang and received over 50 million impressions in just five days. Now, that count has grownÂ to 67 million!
ItÂ’s still not too late to participate! Check out glg.xyz/_loveli for the deets.
Dundee Contemporary Arts (DCA)
DCA is home to two contemporary art galleries, a cinema, print studio, and a visual research center. As hosts of an ongoing calendar of events and exhibits, DCA uses dca.xyz to promote its events via Twitter, as well as on their website’s event listings to encourage sharing.
Our new Cinema Guide is now available to read online. Loads of great films are on their way! http://t.co/5Ww6RzQafG pic.twitter.com/Tg66ungtdt
Â— DCA (@DCAdundee) October 17, 2014
How much easier is it to share with friends and family when the link is so short and sweet? Have you noticed any .xyz domains in your social media feeds lately?
Well, #GenXYZ, thatÂ’s all we have in store for today.
Oh! ICYMI, yours truly was featured in yet another CNET article, nicely titled Â“From .coffee to .email to .xyz: The WebÂ’s crazy new reality is here.Â” Make sure to follow us on the usual social media channels @xyz and keep tabs on all the exciting things coming up!
ItÂ’s Day 3 of #ICANN51 and Team XYZ is working extra hard for you, #GenXYZ. WeÂ’re meeting with our amazing business partners so we can continue to build .xyz as the most popular, go-to ending for YOUR domain. In the midst of back-to-back meetings, panels, and events, we like to take a quick little mental break by exploring these fun, interactive .xyz websites.
For this weekÂ’s #WebsiteWednesday, weÂ’re excited to share these awesomely quirky, fun-to-browse-through .xyz websites. With so many new websites appearing in the wild, we can easily spend days clicking through them all!
does.xyz is a whimsical site that combines our love of quizzes with a clever use of a domain name. Currently live is Â“Does Gary SiniseÂ”, where youÂ’re invited to answer trivia questions about Gary Sinise.
By the looks of it, Â“Does Nick CageÂ” will be added to the arsenal soon. Brush up on your Nicolas Cage knowledge before the new quiz comes out!
Why do we love quizzes so much? never.xyz takes a more personal angle on the quiz and asks you Â“Never Have I EverÂ” questions. This site goes the extra mile by incorporating a live poll, letting us see how others have answered their Â“Never Have I EverÂ”s (anonymously, of course).
And last, but certainly not least:
Go ahead, try it out. This super simple site will show you a random phobia with the tap of the button.
Hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia? ThatÂ’s the fear of long words. Needless to say, itÂ’s an excellent site where you can arm yourself with a few conversation starters. I wonder if hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia.xyz is availableÂ… (find out at www.gen.xyz).
With so many great ICANN meetings under our belt, there will be lots to update you on, #GenXYZ! Keep your eyes peeled and ears open for anything .xyz that will be happening near you :) And the best way to keep tabs on us? Follow us on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter @xyz for all the behind-the-scenes goodness here at the XYZ headquarters.
Hey there, #GenXYZ!
Getting ready for #ICANN51 in LA. Tweet us if you’re here! #genxyz #deepv pic.twitter.com/vRlQM9kinp
Â— XYZ (@xyz) October 13, 2014
For those of you who follow us on Twitter, you already know that weÂ’ve been preparing for ICANNÂ’s huge conference in Los Angeles that began yesterday. THOUSANDS of people are gathering from around the world to take part in ICANNÂ’s conference to discuss major topics that affect the future of the internet. Yes, you heard right – the future of the internet! And of course, the entire Team XYZ will be front and center, all hands on deck, as the conference is taking place on our home turf.
What is ICANN, you ask? ICANN (we pronounce it Â“eye-canÂ”) is the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers. In a nutshell, itÂ’s the organization that oversees anything and everything on the domain name system and strives for a stable and unified global internet.
First of all, without ICANN, we wouldnÂ’t have you, #GenXYZ! ICANN rolled out the new domain extension program back in 2011, allowing for CEO and Founder Daniel Negari to bring .xyz to the world.
These conferences cover topics like new domain extensions, all the way to general internet outreach in emerging markets. Best of all, ICANN conferences are open to the public! If youÂ’re interested in these topics (or just want to hang out with Team XYZ), stop by #ICANN51 in Hyatt Regency Century Plaza.
Not in LA? No worries! Follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, and weÂ’ll keep you updated on all the .xyz activity at ICANN. Keep your eyes peeled for some purple fun :)