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    Are domain names becoming less important?

    Evan Williams, the co-founder of Twitter and Blogger, argues for 5 Reasons Domains Are Getting Less Important. I think he has good points, but less important still doesn't mean unimportant.

    I think a lot of the times when companies opt for imperfect .com domain names (or ignore .com altogether) has something to do with the increasing saturation of major TLDs. It's simply harder to get a perfect domain name nowadays.

    What do you think?

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    Despite what domainers may say, there are way more people on the net who have no domain, no site, and have no need of a site.
    As more and more web browsing moves to tablets like the ipad, fewer and fewer people will want a domain name, etc.

    And I think that at some point, more and more businesses will opt not to have their own domain and site!
    But instead use one of the present social media sites for everything (facebook at present).
    Simply because they have to move to where the people are, and what the people are doing.

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    My guess is that people are continuing to use browsers more than apps (is a browser an app?). I guess that even more companies are going to use a website or any other independent online entity in the future. My hunch is that social media sites will become cross compatible, just like email nowadays but it may take another 3-5 years from now on. The .com will stay dominant and overall will keep increasing in value for years to come but eventually other tld's will become more common too.

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    My guess is that the death of the domain name is a long way off. I see social media sites as an additional presence on the web and not a replacement for a company web site.

    On a personal level, the social media sites make more sense because there isn't any need for a web site. But if you own a company, you are going to have your own domain and a web site.
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    I think that saying domain names are less important is wishful thinking. It's really important to have a domain name that people can remember.

    Relying on social sites or 3rd parties for your web presence and email is risky. If the page goes down there may be not back-up and free email accounts can disappear. Businesses are going to want to run email from their won serves and for that you need a domain.

    On the other hand, the personal user may not need a domain to host their blog. A free site can be good enough.

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    Topics like this are really demotivational. I'm growing really tired of hearing about the social media websites and how they spell doom for all of us who use the internet for entrepreneurial stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by m0ralhazard View Post
    Topics like this are really demotivational. I'm growing really tired of hearing about the social media websites and how they spell doom for all of us who use the internet for entrepreneurial stuff.
    Yeah, soon all of this will be over and we will have to take jobs and say goodbye from making money on the internet......forever.

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    I agreed with each point except for the first one. But "Auto-Complete Address Bars" are definitely killing the purpose of even buying a decent domain. But it's still definitely worth spending some money on one - for people to memorize it, and for you to manage it.

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