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Through the years, the term Who's Who has become widely-associated with reference volumes cataloging the elite, high-ranking, and personalities of note. A 19th century volume was a social register for the aristocracy, more about bloodlines and social network than achievement. The 20th century brought an interest in the academics, inventors, scientists and industrialists based on the merits of their contributions, and volumes appeared in nearly every country.
Today, the democratization seems complete in world where bloggers, videographers and entertainers have achieved not only viral acclaim, but also lucrative personal franchises virtually overnight. In light of this zeitgeist, we have opened the registry broadly, and invite each to find his/her own niche within the .WhosWho pantheon.
While America had no aristocracy, New York society had its “Four Hundred” in the late 19th century. Today’s technology supplants most of the effort involved in group communication, information sharing and scheduling, allowing groups based on important shared affinities and values to flourish. Whether drawn together by culture or sports, technology or literature, language or school ties, a .WhosWho domain provides a natural context in which group members may self-identify, maintain their profiles, contribute comments and feedback, and participate in consensus decision making as a group. And what about offering online courses, or essays and lectures of substance? One could establish quite a legacy.
.WhosWho is the place for establishing living compendia and archives of individual, family or corporate accomplishments. Whether scientific research, catalogues raisonnes, audio/video clips, collected writings, current projects, or chapters of an autobiography in progress, each controls his .WhosWho and how it reflects a public persona or, if preferred, she may create a password-protected site for friends and family only. .WhosWho domains offer the ultimate in portability. Each comes with email and web forwarding inclusive, allowing changes in email or webhosting service providers while maintaining one's personal .WhosWho email and web addresses, which are as unique as an online signature.
In the past 40 years, men with names like Gates and Zuckerberg have showed the world that a degree from Harvard is not a prerequisite for achieving great success. Who knows what today’s high school students will dream up, and if a .WhosWho will be a part of one or several such ventures? We’d like nothing better, and look forward to amazing innovation in the .WhosWho namespace. The level of conversance today’s youth have with information technology and computing devices is staggering. Such fluency can only portend great advances in the decades ahead, and we can simply not fathom the creative applications of knowledge from which will emerge truly amazing things.
A number of prestigious companies and mega-brands have already registered their .WHOSWHO domains names, and some have activated and redirected them to their existing websites to put them to work for them as part of their overall marketing initiatives. Individuals, destinations and registrants of generic words have registered .whoswho domains as well:
What benefits do I get from a .WhosWho domain?
First impressions are the keys to engagement and, in a world of information overload, they remain critical components to establishing a rapport. Whether in an email address block, printed presentation cards or on-screen, .WhosWho addresses don’t vanish into the page as .com addresses can tend to. Instead, it sparks intrigue and interest, and invites questions that open discussions to include your topic of interest.
Words have meanings, and .WhosWho not only conveys the message that you’re no Yahoo, but also very much the opposite. In the early years of the Internet, such iconoclastic positioning was de rigueur at Internet startups burning through cash at the rate of a million dollars a month. The subtleties of language telegraph powerful subliminal messages and, to an online audience that has both matured and become global, .WhosWho alerts the user that something - or someone - is noteworthy.
Bell-bottom jeans were a fad in the 1960s, and the CB radio craze swept America from coast-to-coast in the 1980s. But in its rise to prominence in the everyday lives of billions of people spanning the globe, the internet represents a new world order. Leading online players have built mega-brands with valuations in the hundreds of billions of dollars, fueling their growth by aggregating user content with the enticement of "free" service. With an appreciation of this fundamental change in 21st century communication comes recognition of the inherent value of one's own unique brand, and the prescient embrace domain ownership to build their own portfolios.
Twenty years ago it was understandable for high-achievers dedicated to their callings to have a simple HoTMaiL account for personal use. Today, nothing could be further from the truth and, unless you're prepared to notify everyone of an address change and hope not to lose half of your following, you're inextricably bound to your provider. .WhosWho was created with the unique needs of this cohort in mind. "Free" services ultimately amounted to an investment of time and energy squandered to the providers' benefit. Worst of all, this missed opportunity to accrue a portable following of one's own over extended periods can represent a huge loss, the value of which is telescoped for those at the highest echelons.
Email programs and web browsers covert all domain strings to lowercase, which effectively ignores any capitalization keyed in by the user. So domain owners may choose the mix of UPPERCASE and lowercase letters that best aligns with their branding objectives, whether that's an attention-grabbing ALLCAPS, a mixed case to EnhanceReadability, or as the internet generation prefers, alllower. Launching a business running camel caravans in the Sahara? Go ahead and choose "camel-back" style -- .wHoSwHo -- they all works equivalently when entered into a keyboard or phone.
Online Content – WWW.COMEDY.WHOSWHO | Email: LAUGHS@COMEDY.WHOSWHO
Personal Branding – www.JPSmith.WhosWho | Email: John@JPSmith.WhosWho
Next Generation Ideas – concept2025.whoswho | Email: email@example.com
Corporate Loyalty/CRM – www.SevenSeas.WhosWho | Email: SailThe@SevenSeas.WhosWho
Groups & Interests – WARRIORS.WHOSWHO | Email: Alumni@WARRIORS.WHOSWHO