I know I haven’t blogged for a while, apologies….
The Nominet Landrush release of the reserved, short domains kept me quite busy. In a weird way I’m going to miss it, it was nice to be doing a release that was UK specific for a change.
We won’t be doing Phase 4, general availability on a first come first served basis. There may be some that are released, but they will be snapped up in milli seconds by scripts, the sunrise whois isn’t yet showing an accurate picture as there is still time for people that applied to pay their £10 Nominet fee (until 22nd) and dot the ‘i’ on their application so it becomes valid (if it’s visible, it’s valid).
Next step for me is the auctions. The Landrush auctions are scheduled to take place from Wednesday July 20th onwards….. and there are a few that I’d like to be a fly on the wall for 🙂
It is an ‘open process’ between the applicants. NFPAS is the auction provider that Nominet has chosen, interestingly they have removed the slideshow that was on their website with the explanation of how it was working, as I’ve previously downloaded it I can give you an overview of what it said, watch this space though, I’ll update you if I find out any new information!
Bidding was scheduled be from 10am to 5pm BST (Nominet will tell you your day and give you your login information).
If the auction has not completed by 5pm it will carry on to the next day and re-commence at 10am (you can go home and see the family, have dinner and some sleep). You will be given access to an online portal and you click to make a bid;
Minimum price increments were;
£0 – £1,000 : £10
£1,001 to £10,000 : £100
£10,001 to £100,000 : £1,000
£100, 001k + : £10,000
The current bid is visible, it tells you if you’re the highest bidder and you will also receive an email notification each time a bid is made by any party (please don’t rely on the email, make sure you keep an eye on the portal).
If at any time the bid does not increase after a 30 minute time frame, the lot (domain) is awarded. Each time a bid is made the time left will reset to 30 mins. Any bid made after 5pm will not start until 10am the next day.
Dates will be confirmed by Nominet and NFPAS after the Landrush closes.
This is the space on the NFPAS website they had the demonstration of how the Landrush auction platform will work. I would expect them to put a new slideshow up soon.
I have spoke to Nominet to ask whether they would all happen at the same time or would they be staggered? It’s not confirmed yet… personally I think it would be very interesting to have them simultaneously, it would make it interesting for those that put a speculative application in for a high number, may even the playing field a little 🙂