Friday, September 01, 2006

The .mobi scam

The idea of a mobile web is one of the sexiest ideas to me. I imagine a supercharged IPOD like device that streams broadband, even when I'm hiking in Vermont.

But one of the biggest scams out there in my opinion is the .mobi TLD money grab. The one thing that isn't a part of my mobile web fantasy is the requirement of using a special TLD wherever I surf, with no guarantee that the .mobi site will mirror the content of the .com site. It's not just me. Tim Berners-Leeand many others agree.

To make matters worse, they have a 149 Page list of "Premium names" which they are holding off from the normal bidding landrush, and -- you guessed it -- holding an auctioning off.


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