Posts Tagged ‘webnames.ca’

Does anyone you know have a dot tel?

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

Dot tel is so new, it’s difficult to know if anyone in your business or personal circles has one. Fortunately there are many directories out there to help you find like minded individuals of your acquaintance.

Qwista – http://www.qwista.com/eng – it indexes all the DNS entries. It has a mobile version that worked well on the Blackberry. You can choose to search for business or individuals.

DotTelFinder.com – http://www.dottelfinder.com/directory/ – it is an opt in directory that has a basic listing that is free and a premium listing that is $2.55 one time. Dottelfinder aggregates tweets about .tel and also aggregates news coming from Telnic and some prominent .tel blogs (including this one!).

Jepaa – http://www.jepaa.com/ – it too indexes the DNS. It’s a bit slower than the other two.

Telnic will be launching TelPages – http://www.telpages.com/ – soon.

Dottelcentral.com – http://www.dottelcentral.com – is a yahoo style browseable directory that is opt-in. The nice thing about this directory is that all the .tel names included in it, are fleshed out.

In these directories you may stumble across a company or person who is doing something you are interested in – just like a Google search – but drilled down to their essential contact details.

Tracking Calls from your .TEL Name

Friday, May 29th, 2009

If you want to know how many people use the phone numbers that you publish on your .TEL name, you can subscribe to a service called “remote call forwarded phone number” or “market extension line” AKA “market expansion line”. phone-tracking-tel

Most phone companies offer this service, which gives you a tracking phone number that you put into .tel.

Here is a description of remote call forwarding as provided by my Canadian phone company, as well as a description of market expansion line from a major American phone company.

When somebody uses that number, the call is forwarded to your actual line, but call duration and the total number of calls is tracked by the phone company. You then get a report with all the data to demonstrate how your .tel phone line is working.

If your phone company does not provide the service you need, you can also set up a tracking line forwarded to a toll-free number. This should provide you with similar data. While most phone companies will charge for the tracking number service, it’s typically a small fee.

We hope that using these tools will provide you a clearer picture of the volume of calls coming from your .TEL name.

.TEL News – Superbook is now available for iPhone Users

Monday, May 25th, 2009

iphone-street-handSuperbook is the new iPhone address book application that leverages .TEL to connect you with your contacts instantly.

This .TEL specific application will read any of your contacts who have a .TEL name and make them instantly accessible to you. Superbook searches all your contacts and tells you where they are on a map. Contact the closest ones at the touch of a button. Cool features include the ability to sort your contacts by distance to you (do this under “settings”).

Superbook is available off of Apple’s app store, or you can download it/learn more about it at http://superbook.tel/.

200,000 .Tel Domains Registered. Check Out Our List of Available .Tel’s.

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

Yup, it’s true. Dot-tel has reached 200,000 registrations. At this point it’s probably safe to assume that:

  • Common dictionary words and place names have been registered.
  • All 3 letter combinations are likely gone
  • Numbers have been snapped up
  • Trademarks are safeguarded

So what does that leave?  Lot’s apparently!

Popular phrases and word combinations come to mind. Family names.  And surprisingly, lot’s of cool, single words are also still available.  After finding out that 171,476 words are currently in use according to the Oxford English Dictionary , we figured plenty of good ones must be left.

A colleague and I rambled off 25 words each in rapid succession, then entered them into a .TEL domain search and got the following results (as of 2:21 pm PST on Friday, May 22nd):

Crows.tel  Available    
Punch.tel  Taken   Whois | Make Offer
Cardboard.tel  Taken   Whois | Make Offer
Fixate.tel  Available 
Impressive.tel  Taken   Whois | Make Offer
Rationale.tel  Available    
Vitality.tel  Taken   Whois | Make Offer
Operational.tel  Taken   Whois | Make Offer
Glamorous.tel  Taken   Whois | Make Offer
Impossibility.tel  Available    
Fabricate.tel  Available    
Sleuth.tel  Taken   Whois | Make Offer
Sneakers.tel  Taken   Whois | Make Offer
Ciao.tel  Taken   Whois | Make Offer
Arriba.tel  Available    
Bonbons.tel  Taken   Whois | Make Offer
Folksong.tel  Available 
Immediacy.tel  Available    
Cuddles.tel  Taken   Whois | Make Offer
Template.tel  Taken   Whois | Make Offer
Tackle.tel  Taken   Whois | Make Offer
Wandering.tel  Available    
Stinger.tel  Available    
Reaction.tel  Taken   Whois | Make Offer
Swollen.tel  Available    
Irritant.tel  Available
    
Refreshing.tel  Taken 
Breezy.tel  Available
    
Tender.tel  Taken   Whois | Make Offer
Touching.tel  Taken   Whois | Make Offer
Engaging.tel  Available    
Decisive.tel  Available 
Burnt.tel  Available    
Limerick.tel  Taken   Whois | Make Offer
Siamese.tel  Available    
Ocean.tel  Taken   Whois | Make Offer
Trapeze.tel  Taken   Whois | Make Offer
Parachute.tel  Taken   Whois | Make Offer
Olivertwist.tel  Available    
Artisan.tel  Taken   Whois | Make Offer
Ample.tel  Available
Taxonomy.tel Available

Now go search for your own, or snag yourself one of the above names.

Close Real Estate Sales with .TEL

Thursday, May 14th, 2009

amyjonestel1We’ve spent a bit of time over the past few months discussing industries and verticals we believe .tel could have a big impact on. One of these is real estate.

Attention all realtors, while I paint you a picture …

Shirley and Bill are in the market to buy a house.  On their Sunday drive they stumble upon a house that appeals to them.

Sadly, by the time they get home – after picking up groceries, going through the car wash and visiting aunt Mable – they have forgotten the address of the house for sale and the real estate agency it is listed with.

Dear realtors – if you all would break down and get yourname.tel and plop it on your “for sale” signs, people like Shirley and Bill would actually stand a chance at getting in touch with you.

Now there is no guarantee that a handy dandy .tel name will induce Shirley and Bill to purchase the house, but it probably help them contact you for more information. And remember your name.  And refer you to their friends.

Perhaps the best thing about .tel for realtors, and other relationship based professions (hairdressers, massage therapists and car salespeople come to mind) is that you can move, change employers, open up your own business and still be found 5 years later because your .tel remains the same.

That’s the great thing about tel – the game may change but the name remains the same.

More Information for Realtors

Watch a short video designed for realtors about how .TEL works and its benefits.

The  .TEL  4  Realtors blog also does a nice job of showing how to add real estate listings to your .TEL