Video | Business Headlines | Internet | Science | Scientific Ethics | Technology | Search


A New Way To Preserve The Family Name

5 June 2001


Spare a thought for the Smiths who want to call their baby James. When he comes to secure his space on the Net, he'll be at the end of a long line of James Smiths.

Robert Wiles, founder and CEO of new internet company Pdom, the world's largest Internet site dedicated to the registration and trading of Personal Domain Names (PDN), says that on the Internet, the question of "what's in a name" takes on a whole new dimension.

"Parents put a lot of thought into choosing a child's name," Wiles says. "Now they've got something else to think about. What will happen to that name on the Net?

"The number of people registering a PDN - their Net identity - is growing by 400% per year. At this rate, 50 million people will have registered a PDN by the end of 2003."

Wiles says the PDN phenomenon will have profound social implications.

"It will change the way people work, communicate and present themselves to the world. It will also affect the names people choose for their Net selves, and the names people hand on to the next generation.

"For example there are 46,100 James Smiths in the United States alone., as a Net name, is long gone."

Wiles says people should secure their names and their children's names on the Net now to ensure it's not anonymity they present to the world now, and more importantly, in the future.

"There are still plenty of names available to register. If preferred choices are gone Pdom can help find an acceptable variation. Or you may be able to buy it on Pdom's listing site from a willing seller."

Pdom's prices, Wiles says, are intentionally family-friendly. At Pdom, a family can register a PDN for only $14 per year and obtain five email addresses for an additional $6 each, which is less than US$50 a year, a third of the price charged by Pdom's large competitors.

"A family can keep this PDN for as long as they want," Wiles says. "When their children grow up, it's another place they can call home."

About Pdom: Launched 5 June 2001, Pdom is the world's first Internet company focused on everything to do with personal domain names and personal websites.



© Scoop Media

Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines


"Broad-Based Growth": GDP Rises 1 Percent In June Quarter

Gross domestic product (GDP) rose 1.0 percent in the June 2018 quarter, up from 0.5 percent last quarter, Stats NZ said today. This is the largest quarterly rise in two years. More>>


Judicial Review: China Steel Tarrif Rethink Ordered

On 5 July 2017 the Minister determined not to impose duties on Chinese galvanised steel coil imports. NZ Steel applied for judicial review of the Minister’s decision. More>>

Debt: NZ Banks Accelerate Lending In June Quarter

New Zealand's nine major lenders boosted lending at the fastest quarterly pace in almost two years as fears over bad debts subsided. More>>


Balance Of Trade: Annual Current Account Deficit Widens To $9.5 Billion

New Zealand’s current account deficit for the year ended June 2018 widened to $9.5 billion, 3.3 percent of GDP, Stats NZ said today. More>>