Global registry services provider Afilias today announced the sunrise launch date for the first "family" generic top-level domain (gTLD): .KIM.
"Afilias is a leader in top-level domain innovation. From the successful launch of the .INFO domain — the first and most popular new gTLD ever — to 'colorful' domains like the forthcoming .RED, .BLUE and .PINK, Afilias has been a consistent leader in bringing domains to market that meet unique, untapped needs. The .KIM domain is proof of that," said Roland LaPlante, Senior Vice President and CMO, Afilias.
"Kim" is an ancient Korean surname, meaning "gold," and is the most common Korean last name: more than 10 million individuals carry the name Kim. As a first name, Kim is used by women and men. According to U.S. Census data, over 300,000 Americans have the first name Kim (87 percent of them are female). The .KIM domain enables Kims from all over the world to proclaim themselves and their businesses as part of "the first family of the Internet."
Today begins the 30-day minimum notice period of the Start Date sunrise for .KIM. From March 11, 2014 through April 10, 2014, .KIM domains will be awarded in a "first come, first served" manner; however, eligibility during this period is limited strictly to trademark holders whose marks are registered in the Trademark Clearinghouse.
Beginning April 11, the general availability period opens. From that point forward, everyone is eligible to register .KIM addresses.
For more information about .KIM prior to launch, please visit kim.afilias.info.
Afilias is the world's second largest domain registry, with more than 20 million names under management. Afilias powers a greater variety of top-level domains than any other provider, and will soon support hundreds of new TLDs now preparing for launch. Afilias' specialized technology makes Internet addresses more accessible and useful through a wide range of applications, including Internet domain registry services, Managed DNS and mobile Web services like goMobi® and DeviceAtlas®. (Learn More)
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