An Apology To My Readers + Sponsors

Wow. A lot has happened since I wrote my post – An Industry Divided – on June 3rd before news of the .XYZ Network Solutions debacle hit. When I originally wrote this post, I, like many others in the industry did not have all the facts, and while I still don’t think we have all of the facts, I do want to take a step back.

I support anyone who wants to make it easier for people to get their great ideas onto a domain name they are proud of. I also like the idea of a generic gTLD which is why, like Andrew, Page and many others I came out in support of .XYZ and paid for every single .XYZ name I own (including paying the pre-reg fee of close to $400 for I bought 31 .XYZ names in total with one more name which should come over from the NameJet auction early next week.

I am really excited about the domains that I bought and from my understanding, .XYZ has been following in .CO’s footsteps and engaging with startups, creators, and innovators to put these domains to good use and build meaningful brands on them.

What happened with Network Solutions was news to me and I immediately responded to it on the comment section of my blog stating that I do not endorse this and that I wanted to get to the bottom of it. I want to make that clear to all my readers and sponsors in this post.

Since 2007 I have worked very hard to be incredibly transparent and to expose any person or company who I think is doing harm to our industry. Right now, like most of you, I don’t have all the facts, I can just go by what I read but I can tell you I’m not a fan of people waking-up to find domains in their account that they didn’t register. I am also very concerned about what happens a year from now if they didn’t notice they got them and are suddenly hit with a renewal fee, this would be terrible.

So I wanted to apologize to both my readers and sponsors for supporting anything that would hurt them, our industry, or any of the hard working visionaries that I look-up to like Jeff, Colin, Frank, Dan, or Paul and many others. Now I think it’s time for us to get the facts together and figure-out what is going on here. Many of you have asked me to ask Daniel questions about this and I encourage you to write these questions in the comment section below. I will do everything I can to get Daniel to answer these questions so we can get this all sorted-out.

As always I would like to thank you for reading my blog, many of you have been on this journey with me for six or more years now. This is my first apology post, and since I’m planning on blogging until I’m at least 105, it might not be my last. I will never be embarrassed to admit when I am wrong, nor will I defend anyone just because they are a friend of mine if I don’t agree with the way they are doing things.

That being said, up until this point I have really looked up to Daniel, he’s built amazing businesses and been a real mentor and friend to me. I don’t want this apology to come off as me saying that I don’t like Daniel or I don’t like .XYZ because that wouldn’t be true. I have been very excited about .XYZ and very excited about their plans to get this into the hands of people who will build great things on the net.

What I do want to say is that it’s clear my readers and sponsors want to get to figure-out what’s going on here and I want to do the same. I’m all for clever marketing and if that’s what this turns-out to be then hat’s off to Daniel and the team, but if this does end-up breaking any ICANN policies or hurting our industry I’d like to make sure we all work together to make sure this doesn’t happen again.

Now let’s get to the facts and make our decision based on that. Please feel free to ask questions for Daniel in the comment section below and let’s give him the chance to explain what’s going on here in more detail.


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Morgan Linton was born in Berkeley, California but spent nine years traveling the world as an early employee for digital music startup Sonos. In 2007 Morgan founded Linton Investments, a domain name and branding company that has helped some of the most recognized startups in the world acquire their top choice domain name. In 2012 Morgan left his full-time job to co-found Bold Metrics, a startup building technologies that make it easy for online shoppers to buy clothes that fit and arming retailers with more data than ever before.

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  • June 5, 2014, 7:24 am

    Marketing gimmics aside, the issue that I think most people have is this guy is blowing a horn, writing posts claiming 31,000 registrations when the MAJORITY of them are forced registrations on unsuspecting people, and then hiding when people ask the tough questions but continuing to tout the (inflated/false) numbers.

    Something that is important to domainers is transparency. This whole thing could have been avoided with transparency. I didn’t know this guy at all prior to all this, but from his actions he has come across (at least to me) as immature, cocky (to a fault), self-serving, evasive, and untrustworthy. The last one being the key as to why I would never want to deal with him in the future.

    If you’re fielding questions, now that you know what has been exposed and his actions (and lack of actions), what are your true thoughts on this all (from an objective viewpoint since you know him)? Even from your post you say “get the facts together”. The facts have been put together unless you are ignoring every other domain blogs posts from yesterday, and just this statement alone shows that you aren’t willing to give your true thoughts.

  • Morgan June 5, 2014, 7:45 am

    @Anticareer – I appreciate your comment and fair point calling me to task on this. My true thoughts are that I like Daniel and really like his plans for .XYZ, the plans he explained to me never included anything about this Network Solutions deal.

    My true thoughts are that I do not think this was a good move, I don’t like the idea of domain names being randomly moved-into people’s accounts and I think the launch could have been a great success without this action.

    Let me know if this answers your question here. Like Andrew, Page, and Michael I came out for .XYZ and was very excited about everything until I heard about this Network Solutions issue and that’s what has made me take a step back here which is think is the same thing Andrew, Page, and Michael did as well.

  • Tauseef June 5, 2014, 7:53 am

    I think an audit should be conducted to find out every bit of detail about .XYZ and also all upcoming new gTLDs should be strictly monitored.

  • Steve June 5, 2014, 8:05 am

    Its amazing too see how little people will take in exchange for their reputation on line…
    People get one reputation online…. Posts are generally forever.

  • Fatih June 5, 2014, 8:08 am


    I posted a question to Daniel on his blog but he deleted it.I just asked “is it true that you are giving away domains for free with NetSol?”

    If he just cant answer a simple question like this we cant call him a honest entrepreneur.

    Just classic marketing tactics.You can do that but do not get on stage and lie to us that .xyz is a “success” !

    i recall .tk extension where once they had a show in istanbul in a 5 star hotel saying that .tk is the extension turkey needed where as .tr is the official extension.Money were flying in the auction.result ? they could fool some but not all of us.

    • Morgan June 5, 2014, 8:24 am

      You guys may have noticed I took Todd’s comment down. I’m all for a real discussion here but will not tolerate personal attacks. Let’s keep this above-the-board and ask Daniel any questions you want to.

      @Faith – this is a great question and I will do everything I can to get him to answer it for you and the rest of the community.

      • Morgan June 5, 2014, 8:51 am

        Also we are in FM meetings and in and out of the office for most of the day so I apologize in advance if I can’t approve comments in realtime. I will be back on here after 6:00PM and will make sure to approve anything that didn’t get through during the day.

  • Konstantinos Zournas June 5, 2014, 8:51 am

    Morgan I understand how you feel. That is ok, we are all misguided some times.

    I don’t have anything to ask Daniel.
    He said it all with his next blog post that sits on top of and by paying off every good post he sees about .xyz.
    He had his chance to reply. Now it’s gone. Bye, Daniel.

  • Patrick Hipskind June 5, 2014, 9:00 am

    If NetSol paid .XYZ for those domains then I don’t see any problem with them being counted as registrations, even if NetSol got them at a deep discount. If .XYZ gave them all to NetSol and then NetSol gave them all away to make it look like a lot of registrations on day one then we have a problem.

  • Fatih June 5, 2014, 9:05 am


    I got my answer 5 minutes ago from Network Solutions offering me my .xyz domain for free.Now i have the right to call Daniel a true liar.

    Funny how he thought he could fool domainers like Michael Berkens or Rick.Post on How could he do that ? does this guy think he is clever or think we are idiots ?

    My first job will be to inform turkish domainers about this in my blog.hopefully most will stay away.

    Man ! do use every marketing tactic you want but just dont lie !

  • Billy June 5, 2014, 9:10 am

    It is looking like Daniel made some very good marketing partnerships in the supply chain for mass distribution. This strategy is NOT unethical as the domainer frenzy is implying. This strategy may be a surprise to some, but we can all learn from motivated entrepreneur’s. I view this as a genius play. The unethical part of this controversy comes from the ‘frenzy’ that is insulting the integrity of Daniel and his supporters.

  • Joe June 5, 2014, 9:58 am

    I think this is one thing that is in the pipeline not only your xyz Daniel, I for my searches in Google for many months to find many other new extensions which do business under doors, are not hard to find a good line for content of a web …. and so far have not happened.

    I predict commented on Morgan’s blog that when leaving the new extensions have certain problems in many ways that control more than 1,000 extensions never able to have a control which the agencies themselves not be subject to the control of the State if not the interests of the major companies that are accredited registrars with this organism.

    Also believe that not only should explain Daniel’s own Network Solutions should also explain to me as the owner, registrant. administrative contact, billing contact and tecnichal. when suddenly expired without a domain name. Com regarded Premium be sold for more than $ 25,000 to another investment company, resort to official bodies and ultimately not get anything, this system is governed by the usual and not us we need to give explanations or ordered one person or two, there are many more that need us and we do nothing from the years that I am in this market not see or hear that responsibilities to request to be responding really all have.

    This market and industry if full of dirt is not our fault, they are like the skies over many cities around the world who can not breathe because of Co2., Is the same.

  • Kevin M. June 5, 2014, 10:07 am

    Wow Billy. I guess you feel its ok for domains you didn’t order, ask for, or need, to just be added to your account. And you think it’s ok for it to be done to every/any one else too. You seem to also be fine with companies touting publicly how popular their product is by all the orders they got for them, even though 75% of them ‘weren’t ordered’, they were given away for free! But that part not being disclosed is ok, because it is helping/leading people to ‘think’ it must be popular, so they should go out and buy them. Kinda like it’s ok for a newspaper touting to advertisers they have a circulation of 50,000 to entice them to advertise, but not telling them that only 15,000 ordered their paper, and the other 35,000 were just printed and dropped off on doorsteps somewhere!! You have a sad take on ethics. You a used car salesman??

  • Patrick Hipskind June 5, 2014, 10:30 am

    If you have a company like NetSol wanting to buy your domains then you sell them. You have bills to pay including keeping employees on the payroll. .XYZ cannot be held legally or morally responsible for what NetSol did with those domains. If NetSol paid for those domains then .XYZ hasn’t been deceptive in their practices.

  • Billy June 5, 2014, 10:41 am

    Kevin M.
    You have mentioned the car industry. I will use that industry as a comparative parallel. Auto dealerships advertise vehicles as a ‘loss leader’ for a marketing strategy. That is they will sell one car at a financial loss to draw more car sales. The “loss leader” sale is counted and reported with total vehicle sales. There are many industries doing similar marketing strategies. This is a relatively new industry with strategies different amongst the companies involved. Daniels personal integrity should not be questioned by a marketing strategy. The domain industry owes him an apology.

  • Kevin M. June 5, 2014, 11:13 am

    No Billy, the domain industry does not owe him an apology. If everything he’s doing/done is above board, with all the bloggings and negative press going around, he should, step up somewhere and ‘simply’ clear the air. You would think he, or anyone, would want to, but for some reason, ..he hasn’t.

  • Acro June 5, 2014, 11:24 am

    What a crock of pure, steaming bullshit, Billy boy. Full disclosure now: do you work for Daniel Negari? Nobody with testicles would support this act as legit.

    Guy goes on video claiming the registrations broke the roof, in full knowledge of a deal with Network Solutions – and you are saying the 25k+ registrations NOT MADE BY HUMANS should be counted?

    Negari should give an XYZ to every cat, dog and llama in America if he wants the 1 million goal to be reached.

    Sorry, but bullshit is bullshit.

  • Billy June 5, 2014, 11:36 am

    Kevin M.
    You mention:
    “If everything he’s doing/done is above board, with all the bloggings and negative press going around, he should, step up somewhere and ‘simply’ clear the air. ”

    The bloggings and negative press is exactly why the domain industry owes Daniel an apology. That would be the best way to ‘simply’ clear the air.

  • Bill Kara June 5, 2014, 11:38 am

    Your post sums up my thoughts and feelings almost exactly Morgan. I felt the domain community was being overly negative towards xyz. That was before all of this shady stuff came out.

    Not sure why these shady practices are even needed. gTLDs are a marathon and all of a sudden its turned into a 50 meter. Even without the promotion or whatever they will eventually come out and call it I think Dan and team should have been proud of what they have done to bring a ENTIRE new gTLD to life and to market.

    Having said that I support being more clear about sale to date, especially if you are claiming success over other gTLD operators.

  • Billy June 5, 2014, 11:44 am

    I have never met Daniel. Your judgement of character seems to be larger than your facts. Your ability to pick up a stone and throw it blindly at Daniel is worthy of an apology.

  • Acro June 5, 2014, 11:47 am

    A product that has potential to sell does not need artificial pumping of its numbers.

    It’s not the same saying “XYZ is the best, register one or miss out!” and using robo-registrations, counting them as part of the product’s gauge of success.

    Billy, the only negative press Negari is getting is in reference to this act of false numbers. As I have said, I met *and* liked the guy and his vision, but this promo is the biggest cluster*uck I’ve seen in a while. Taking ownership is the first step to fixing it.

  • Billy June 5, 2014, 12:34 pm

    In finance and accounting it is very common to have multiple formulas for one statistic. The outcomes are different depending on what formula was used. This controversy is simply a difference of opinion on ‘definitions’ and has nothing to do with the personal integrity of Daniel. The frenzy to “stone” Daniel for a marketing strategy is beyond disgust. Your ability to insult is much better than your judgement.

  • confer June 5, 2014, 12:55 pm

    @ Kevin M

    “Kinda like it’s ok for a newspaper touting to advertisers they have a circulation of 50,000 to entice them to advertise, but not telling them that only 15,000 ordered their paper, and the other 35,000 were just printed and dropped off on doorsteps somewhere!!”

    Actually, this an ongoing, daily practice undertaken by many large regional, and national newspapers (although, not to the 30:70 extreme you cite).

    As the marketing director at a major airline; I was privy to the ‘dumping practices’ of newspapers & magazines at airports across the country (and to a much lesser extent, in-flight). At our major hub airports (and most secondary and tertiary spoke airports) areas such as airport lounges, international gates, and exclusive ‘shuttle-service’ gates all had huge, bulk newspaper ‘dispensers’ (for lack of a better term). These dispensers that would be filled each morning, and often refilled 2-3 times during the day. At our major hubs, we had 1-2 full time contract positions just to distribute newspapers & magazines throughout the airport as required.

    I recall when the ‘newspaper & magazine program’ was first audit (internally, by my staff), that some airports had daily excesses of 100’s or 1000’s of newspapers (that were never even unbundled). Sometimes it was our fault (as we simply did not have the manpower available to distribute/refill the newspaper dispensers); but more often it was because waaaaay to many papers were delivered each morning.

    Post-audit, specific requests to limit the # of papers delivered to certain airports would often be ignored. Or, the publisher would initially comply; only to slowly increase the numbers upwards over time. On the other hand, if we requested an additional 1,000 papers for a specific airport, oftentimes the publisher would unilaterally ’round it up’ to 5,000.

    To add further context: I know of two specific disputes between the airline and a particular media company which deteriorated to such an extent, that petty measures were undertaken by both parties. In both instances, my department was instructed to undertake a complete, system-wide removal of a particular paper for an extended period. OUCH! That had to be painful for the publisher!


  • Patrick Hipskind June 5, 2014, 2:30 pm

    My understanding is that the XYZ registry sold thousands of domains to NetSol at wholesale prices. Although Specification 9 of the ICANN registry agreement governing the registry code of conduct is vague, I do not see anything in Specification 9 prohibiting such a practice as long as other registrars are afforded the same opportunity.

    Specification 9 reads:
    “directly or indirectly show any preference or provide any special consideration to any registrar with respect to operational access to registry systems and related registry services, unless comparable opportunities to qualify for such preferences or considerations are made available to all registrars on substantially similar terms and subject to substantially similar conditions.”

  • Ms Domainer June 5, 2014, 2:36 pm


    We like to think the best of people, and when they disappoint, it’s a bit of a blow. So not to worry, Morgan.

    I am concerned that some domainers don’t see why giving away “free” domains and using those registrations for pumping up the numbers poses an ethical issue. Pure and simple, it’s deception at its worst, designed specifically to fool people. That’s a terrible business model, for, in this industry, you get one chance at a good reputation, and if you blow that, it’s difficult to do future business. Some before Daniel who had forgotten have fallen mightily: Halvarez, Latona, Clements.

    Moreover, adding a crap .xyz domain to a registrant’s account does no one any favors, except the registry and, perhaps, the registrar. Some of the allocations were “awarded” MONTHS after the .com was regged — in one case, January 28.

    Registrants were forced to opt out, via a separate email — apparently not at the time of registration.


    Remember: “There are statistics, damn statistics, and lies.”


  • fatih June 5, 2014, 2:44 pm


    the only thing we want is truth.if you advertise in the domaining community to say that .xyz is success ! that has to be true.

    i think every entrepreneur deserves an applause whether they be successful or not but Daniel is not in that list anymore.

    i know these tactics are used in stocks market but those people do not advertise amongst other brokers to cheat on them.

    do whatever u want tell whatever lie you want but just do not advertise on domaining and call this success !

    Daniel hopefully you have 6 more billion people to lie if you can !

    Why does not Francois ban this guy ?? i am fed up with seeing that sh*t on top !!

  • Billy June 5, 2014, 2:45 pm

    Daniel and or Netsol has NOT been found guilty by ICAAN for any wrongdoing. Daniel has been unfairly targeted by some veterans of the domain industry and thus we have the unethical conduct. Ex. Acro, Konstantinos etc . The industry is taking a beating by those who unfairly predetermine the integrity of an entrepreneur using innovative marketing strategies. Again, the domain industry owes Daniel an apology.

  • fatih June 5, 2014, 3:02 pm

    “innovative marketing strategies”


    yea very innovative.playing with numbers.hiding the truth.

    Billy ( or should i say Daniel ??? ) sure Daniel,NetSol and ICANN are angels we the domainers are to blame to ask for reality.

    Have a nice dream.

  • Acro June 5, 2014, 3:09 pm

    Seriously, Billy or whatever your real name is, nice trolling there sport. I judged the acts, not the man. So take your copy/pasted ramblings where it counts. If you are so disgusted by the well-deserved reaction of the entire domain community, you must have some really low morals.

  • Acro June 5, 2014, 3:11 pm

    And for the record, here’s some expert analysis:

  • Kevin M. June 5, 2014, 3:15 pm

    So what I’m getting from the patronizing ones, is that they feel there’s nothing wrong with – as an example – if one were tell their prospective advertisers that they should spend their money to advertise on one’s site because they are getting 5,000 hits a day, and that it’s ‘OK’ to not tell them that 4,000 of those hits were bots and spiders etc., because that’s the total of what the ‘stat company gave them’. And they aren’t under any ‘obligation’ to share the breakdowns of the stats in regards to ‘unique’ and ‘overall’ visitors to the advertisers. Awful lot of subscribers to Snake Oil Sales 101.

  • Flor June 5, 2014, 3:36 pm

    @ billy

    Fact 1: Daniel lacks diplomacy. As someone else mentioned as well, a while ago Rick Schwartz was posting that he was skeptical about some of the claims Daniel made about .xyz. Instead of replying in a professional manner Daniel said and I quote “Trying to Cyber – bully me into paying you ? Check mate grandfather of domains. Move over.. their is a new king in town.”
    Sounded childish to me, not the behavior of a CEO of a large company. Maybe that’s just me.

    Fact 2: Daniel made many ludicrous statements such as “The future of the internet lies in .xyz” , “.xyz is the next com – BELIEVE IT” , etc… Why ludicrous? Because, unless he can foresee the future, nobody knows what the future of the gTLDs will be. Marketing your product is one thing, but that’s just talking BS.

    Fact 3: The registration numbers are currently artificially pumped by tens of thousands of free registrations.
    You say that’s marketing. Maybe so, but then Daniel shouldn’t lie about it. Daniel said and I quote “we have seen over 31,000 registrations from believers all over the world, with thousands more still pouring in”. So Daniel is lying and continues to lie (unless Daniel thinks “believers” equal freebie registrations which happen on auto-pilot, without the knowledge or consent of the domain owner).

    The first 2 facts don’t matter much to me. That just describes how childish and naive Daniel really is. But the lies do matter. People who lie have little integrity. And I refuse to do business with untrustworthy people like that. But that’s just me.

  • Billy June 5, 2014, 3:40 pm

    You mention, “I judged the acts, not the man”
    You are pre judging an act and condemning the man. For that you remain guilty of far worse than what you are implying Daniel did. You in particular, Acro, should apologize to Daniel for your immature actions and behavior that has caused harm to his personal reputation. Others should apologize as well as many got caught up in the frenzy.

  • Acro June 5, 2014, 4:02 pm

    Billy = troll. Please go away.

  • Billy June 5, 2014, 4:29 pm

    The fact that you have labeled me a ‘troll’ is just your style to defer from the facts. If you truly wanted to make a change for the better you would look at the “Man In The Mirror”. Your lack of business knowledge, particularly ‘Marketing’ is no excuse for your slanderous remarks to legitimate companies. I look forward to you hiding behind “Domain Gang” to attack your next victim, it will further validate my words. After you look at the “Man In The Mirror” you should apologize to Daniel and take some time off.

  • Acro June 5, 2014, 5:31 pm

    Billy boy – Please go troll some other blog under some other bogus alias as your task here is complete. There is nothing slanderous about documenting this clusterfuck of a gTLD launch.

  • Bill Kara June 5, 2014, 5:33 pm

    @billy no one has gotten more unwarranted flak in this industry than Theo and DomainGang. If there is anyone that is a fair and straight shooter its Theo.

  • Todd June 5, 2014, 6:20 pm

    Morgan very honest of you to make such a post in light of this xyz mess. friend or not of Negari’s his judgment failed with this promo.who wants to be associated with a tld that shot up in the ranks with a secret giveaway on the first day?! Billy are you ok man, you sound constipated.Don’t get your panties in a knot lol unless Negari is your boss. All domainers outed this as unethical how can you support it. sounds very fishy to me you keep badgering those who outed it instead of those who did it. IMO.

  • Acro June 5, 2014, 7:16 pm

    Bill Kara – I’m ok with getting flak; during TRAFFIC 2010 in Vegas, the great Igal Lichtman told me that those who don’t like DG can go f*ck themselves. Igal was a great mentor for a decade and he’s sorely missed.

    Somehow the XYZ issue is being shifted over, from the doers to the messengers. Unreal.

    But if you don’t take my word for it, watch the video of the Sherpas today, skip to 24:15 for the XYZ debacle. Rick Schwartz makes a great point about newspaper circulation numbers at 28:10

  • Fatih June 6, 2014, 2:55 am

    Billy (or Daniel) just shut up.You have done your job Daniel gave you.

    .xyz is total failure not because of the numbers bacause of the attitude.

    Hopefully .xyz is now famous !!!

    As a turkish blogger i will do whatever i can to inform people.

  • Joe June 6, 2014, 3:10 am

    When you leave this issue alone and this seems to be all the latest paparazzi to go in the first when Daniel and covers for your project. XYZ desired by many investment after all behind him as always occur in the tabloids and show television.

    All my respects now do your part and nothing else, and if you can not get to The End of The Doors he write great content that truth to be lied armaments markets which are always evil and never innocent guilty, Daniel is not of the latter after all the big companies which want to grab all markets and industries to think only with their economic benefits and never in ours or theirs.

    Go to the streets of your cities and states, and ask if they know Daniel or xyz and the response of many people to be a series of new online UFO like Orson Wells.

  • Tim Davids June 6, 2014, 5:20 am

    When people show you who they are, believe them.

  • Billy the Kid June 6, 2014, 9:35 am

    Faith and Acro –
    I am not Daniel. I do not know Daniel or any associate of his. Nor do I own a .XYZ as of today. What I have witnessed in the blogosphere is beyond despicable. There are many of you who have chosen to personally attack Daniel for a genius and innovative marketing strategy creating mass distribution. This condemning is due to a lack of business knowledge and ignorance of marketing strategies. The marketing strategy Daniel used is no different than many, many industries across the board. There was nothing illegal, nothing fraudulent and nothing deceiving about Daniel’s strategy. Are there lessons here? Clearly, but that does not make Daniel a ‘liar’ and ‘fraudulent’ as the Domaining headlines are being written. Ex. Acro and Konstantinos. Due to the facts, slanderous accusations have been made about Daniel that is far worse than the accused. The slanderous acts should be met with an apology to Daniel. Industry veterans pouncing on the frenzy is the most despicable scandal to hit the Domaining industry. Respect has been lost by many from all sides. Let’s start the rebuilding process. In order to do that many of you need to apologize to Daniel.

    P.S. Acro – I am not Billy Boy, but Billy the Kid

  • Acro June 6, 2014, 11:08 am

    Billy the Kid – When you falsely attribute words to me, I’d like to see those headlines. Apparently you have a big chip on your shoulder and a thumb stuck up your ass. Everyone who saw the pumped numbers called it as it is. This ‘marketing strategy’ is flawed and full of bullet holes. Rebuilding process? It’s already too late sport, the damage was already done by this NetSol/XYZ clusterfuck.

  • albert June 6, 2014, 11:32 am

    I view this as a genius play.
    It is against ICANN policy.

  • albert June 6, 2014, 11:55 am

    I did meet Danial in Santa Monica a couple of months ago.
    He seemed like a nice guy who is pasionate about the .xyz brand.
    However, being around business people all of my life, having worked for small mom and pop operations, the most important thing that I have learned is:


    I will believe anything that anyone tells me.
    If it seems so outrageous, I will not say anything just to passify them.
    However, I will not spend money on buying anything unless I have researched it.
    I will not repeat something that someone has told me if it seems very outrageous so that I don’t look like a fool.

    Danial had told me that his play for .xyz was for the younger generation and that made sense to me.
    My question was how long was he willing to wait for that younger generation to not only buy the domain names, but actually put them to use.
    It would be foolish to think that this was not a ploy to get hype on these domain names by claiming something without discolosing the real facts.
    This was the first major mistake.
    The second major mistake was that it was done to an extremely small group (domainers) who all seem to know each other by first name, by blogs, etc. and to think that nobody was going to catch on (or maybe the hope was to catch on late) was simply dumb.
    I don’t know if Danial (or .xyz for that matter) will be able to get his credibility back, but as I have always said on .Whatever’s,

    Time Will Tell


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