‘The island of Tuvalu is sinking’
The Libyan domain registry has been in the news recently, after deleting the vb.ly domain without warning, and announcing that they'd rather keep their short domains to themselves. (See benmetcalfe.com/blog/2010/10/the-ly-domain-space-to-be-considered-unsafe/ for the full story.) Other URL shorteners such as bit.ly claim not be panicking, but it's hard to see how sending all those links through Libya makes sense.
Of course that's not the only domain space in trouble. I've never been a fan of the way the .tv domain is used either. OK, so there used to be something called TV, which we watched before the Internet took over our screens, but what do most .tv sites have to do with Tuvalu?
I was reminded of this today while checking out some domain names on Go Daddy. Of course the one I wanted was taken — but the .tv version was available. 'Why choose .tv?' asks the Go Daddy blurb.
Because 'The island of Tuvalu is sinking'.
Terrible for Tuvalu, but this isn't a global warming blog post. Where will all those .tv sites go when the water rises?