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The Register last week referred to Acequote "as the only Welsh dotcom we had ever heard of, in a piece on the closure of its e-marketplace to new subscribers.

This provoked an enormous emailbag: from the valleys of South Wales to the Druid redoubts of Anglesey in the North-West and the Liverpool overspills of Wrexham and Rhyl in the North-East; from the Marches of the East to the cyms and mountains of the West, two emails flooded in.

Both name Blushingbuyer of Newport, which in our book is almost in England. And apparently, boy's toys site Firebox was "started in a Cardiff attic". Yes, yes, but the company is actually based in Streatham, South London.

A quick check today on our favourite search engine for "Welsh Dotcoms" reveals:

Your search - "Welsh dotcoms" - did not match any documents. Of course, the simple act of writing this story - that's if Google is still linking to us- means that soon enough, this article and other pieces linking to this article will tip up when entering the above search term.

As an example of such recursiveness, we offer you the Google results at time of writing for "Welsh dotcom" (NB we scaled back our ambitions and plumped for the singular search.) This fetches up three entries, one for "David Welsh's Dotcom Dropship scenario" and two for our reference to Acequote as the "only Welsh dotcom that we have ever heard of", from, yes, us.

To be fair, a search for "English dotcom" yields just 11 mostly irrelevant entries, while "British dotcom" reveals 71 mostly relevant matches. But such trifling details will not deter us from our main point: Wales is lacking on the dotcom front.

C'mon, Men and Women of Harlech: there are 2.9 million of you. Surely, the Principality can do better than this. Can't it? ®

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