BetaBeat encourages startups to think twice about .io domains

Today BetaBeat came-out with an article about .io, a domain extension that has been in a hit in the startup world but that has a bit of a mixed past. While .io does sound catchy and has been very popular within the development community, .io doesn’t mean input/output, instead is stands for Indian Ocean, a region with a checkered past and present.

The area that the .io name represents is the Chagos islands, an area that formerly contained a small population of 2,000 islanders who were forcibly removed so that the islands could host a series of British and American military bases. (Source – BetaBeat)

Yes, you read that right, and yes, some of the money from those .io registrations are going to maintaining this area, but not the people who have been displaced as a result.

What BetaBeat found is that while many founders didn’t support what was happening, they loved their .io name and didn’t see their registration as a sign of support for what’s happened in this region.

Some founders, when they were told this, were horrified, though it doesn’t appear that they’ve actually changed their domain names. Others simply didn’t see the problem, positioning it as some sort of issue of perspective. (Source – BetaBeat)

What do you think? Does it matter what your registration dollars go towards when you’re buying and/or renewing a domain name? Comment and let your voice be heard!

{ 6 comments… add one }

  • Steve R November 3, 2014, 1:04 pm

    Well I don’t own any .io extensions, but I do own a lot of .tv’s so as long as they don’t drag up any checkered past from that area, I think it is not worth worrying over.
    The truth is that no one should give a shit about this news in my opinion because native inhabitants as terrible as it is, has been forced off their lands throughout history so this is no new news. It is the nature of the beast and money has no conciseness. If your .io works for you and makes you money, it is a dog eat dog world and you need to get you yours.

  • Ron November 3, 2014, 1:18 pm

    just sold a .com to an .io company for $3,500

  • Anthony November 3, 2014, 1:23 pm

    By their logic, quite a bit of domain name extensions should be suspect…

  • RU November 3, 2014, 2:19 pm

  • Konstantinos Zournas November 3, 2014, 2:52 pm

    Of course it matters. I am boycotting certain shady registries like .build, .xyz and others.

  • Joe November 5, 2014, 9:05 am

    I think io be best for them.


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