An additional domain naming system becomes available later this week. People and organizations can register URL’s now ending in .tel which is said to store and encrypt information directly into the domain name system. This naming system and available contact information could be the next yellow pages.
.Tel domain names will link the contact information and may include telephone numbers, links to websites, email addresses and other web nick names like your instant message handle or video game screen names. The data will be stored in the DNS so when someone updates their phone number or address using a .tel account it automatically gets updated in the address book of your contact list. What does that mean for address updating websites and associated software like Plaxo and Friendster or Linked In?
The main purpose of .tel is a single management and place for internet communication. Isn’t that what we all want…?
A .tel domain will provide worldwide publicity with,
- An online directory
- Integrated communication which the owner controls
- Contact and Keywords incorporated for unified updating
- Get access to a global online directory
- Integrate all your means of communication in one place
.Tel could have a great impact on mobile markets where people have bypassed the pc for mobile devices like an iPhone or Blackberry. Initially the registration period will only be open to businesses with trademarked names for approximately $400 per year. Early next year domains will be available for less at about $150 a year and after March 24th domains will cost about $20 a year. Hmm…I wonder if www.blogsupermama.tel will still be available in March or if I can use the money I earned in 2nd Life to pay for my new domain.
Some say that there could be an overlap between .tel and .mobi domains but as usual I will wait and hope my domain is still available.