Feeds

Domain name registration more popular than car theft

Probably always was with the car owners

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Top three mobile application threats

150,000 new .co.uk domain names are registered every month, or three domains registered every minute, says UK naming outfit Nominet.

That makes registering domain names more popular than stealing cars in the UK - during 1999 an average of two cars were blagged every minute. So watch out for www.hotwire.co.uk and www.twoc.co.uk.*

Analysis of Nominet's figures reveals that the number of co.uk names registered hit a peak in March 2000, with 245,000 names registered, and is now running at around 150,000 per month.

Just over 10 per cent of the total number of domain names registered worldwide are now .co.uks. As of last month there were 17,804,717 domains registered worldwide - 9,482,427 were dot coms and 1,938,740 were .co.uks. After .com, .net and .org, .co.uk is the most popular country domain, followed by Germany's .de.

Other fascinating facts revealed by Nominet state that there are no three letter dot coms left and 97 per cent of the words in Webster's dictionary have already been registered as dot coms. ®

*For readers of a non-UK persuasion, Twoccing is a term used by young scallywags (aka joyriders) to refer to the practice of Taking Without Owner's Consent.

Build a business case: developing custom apps

More from The Register

next story
Stick a 4K in them: Super high-res TVs are DONE
4,000 pixels is niche now... Don't say we didn't warn you
BBC goes offline in MASSIVE COCKUP: Stephen Fry partly muzzled
Auntie tight-lipped as major outage rolls on
Philip K Dick 'Nazi alternate reality' story to be made into TV series
Amazon Studios, Ridley Scott firm to produce The Man in the High Castle
iPad? More like iFAD: We reveal why Apple fell into IBM's arms
But never fear fanbois, you're still lapping up iPhones, Macs
Amazon Reveals One Weird Trick: A Loss On Almost $20bn In Sales
Investors really hate it: Share price plunge as growth SLOWS in key AWS division
Bose says today is F*** With Dre Day: Beats sued in patent battle
Music gear giant seeks some of that sweet, sweet Apple pie
There's NOTHING on TV in Europe – American video DOMINATES
Even France's mega subsidies don't stop US content onslaught
You! Pirate! Stop pirating, or we shall admonish you politely. Repeatedly, if necessary
And we shall go about telling people you smell. No, not really
Too many IT conferences to cover? MICROSOFT to the RESCUE!
Yet more word of cuts emerges from Redmond
prev story

Whitepapers

Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Seven Steps to Software Security
Seven practical steps you can begin to take today to secure your applications and prevent the damages a successful cyber-attack can cause.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.