Monday, February 23, 2009

“New .tel Domain Aims to be 'Phonebook for the Net'”

On February 3, 2009 London-based company –Telnic started to sell new domain names .tel. It offers a service to store and manage all of your contact information and keywords directly from domain Name System. So you don’t have to build, host or manage a website. It’s supposed to create a “phonebook for the Net.”
From my point of view it is an interesting solution for those individuals and small companies, who don’t have their own websites, but on the other hand the service is kind of expensive for a middle-class person – currently it costs $375 per 3 years. How many people are willing to pay such amount? Also, the good thing is that you would be able to find contact info about any person in the entire world…but…is this going to be the person that you are looking for? Finally, what about identity theft? Nowadays we are all trying not to reveal our identities to unwanted people. We don’t want spam in our emails, marketing calls, etc. New .tel domain brings many issues that have to be considered…

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Web Vocabulary

Page-Rank - a specific number assigned to a web page by Google. The higher the number, the more popular the web page is and more likely it is to be displayed in the first few pages in Google search engine. Click here for reference

P2P (peer to peer) – a network where anyone can serve either as a client or as a server. It is used for sharing content files.  Click here for reference

Folksonomy –  social tagging to categorize content. Contrary to the formal methods of categorizing by experts, content can be generated by any user. Click here for reference

Viral Marketing – marketing techniques that use pre-existingsocial networks to produce increases inbrand awareness or to achieve other marketing objectives (such as product sales) through self-replicating viral processes, analogous to the spread of pathological and computer viruses. It can beword-of-mounth delivered or enhanced by the network effects of the Internet.Viral promotions may take the form of video clips, interactive Flash games, ebooks, brandable software, images, or even text messages. Click here for source

Dynamic website – a website with an interactive navigation. A dynamic website uses a server and applications to assemble pages as they are requested, rather than using a server to point to static pages that have already been created and exist in a single state. Permalink– a direct link to a single entry of content on a blog or forum, etc. Click here for source

REST – a style of software architecture for distributed hypermedia systems such as the World Wide Web. As such, it is not strictly a method for building "web services." The terms "representational state transfer" and "REST" were introduced in 2000 in the doctoral dissertation of Roy Fielding, one of the principal authors of the Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) specification. Click here for source

NavTeq – a provider of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) data and a dominant company in providing the base electronic maps. The company is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Nokia but operates independently. Click here for sourceNetwork Solutions, LLC – a technology company in which the domain name registration is one of the biggest divisions. As of 2006, Network Solutions manages more than 7.6 million domain names and for this reason it is one of the most important corporations affecting domain name price and policy. Click here for source

Creative Commons – is a non-profit organization devoted to expanding the range of creative works available for others to build upon legally and to share by focusing on intellectual property rights and copyright online. Click here for sourceGUI - graphical user interface – a user interface that takes advantage of the computer’s graphics capabilities to make the program easier to use. Click here for source

IM – Instant Message – text-based conversation with another user - private chat room. Click here for sourceApplet – a small-size program to be executed from within another application. Examples are: Java applets, Flash movies, Windows Media Player applets. Click here for source

Viola Browser – a browser developed in early 1990’s which, until Mosaic, was the most frequently used web browser for access to the World Wide Web. Click here for source

SOAP – Simple Object Access Protocol - a standard protocol for letting applications communicate with each other using XML. Click here for sourceNNTP – Network News Transfer Protocol – an Internet application protocol used to post, distribute, and retrieve Usenet messages. Click here for source