Posting Date: April 25, 2002
WebWord Comment -- Give "com.com" a try in your browser. You might also want to give "news.com.com" a try for the same reason. URLs can be fruity.
This isn't URLs being fruity. CNET bought the com.com domain, so this is the URL doing exactly what it's supposed to do. Here's the WHOIS entry from Network Solutions.
Matt, I realize that CNET bought the com.com domain. I am merely saying that the domain name might be difficult for people to understand for two reasons. First, "com.com" just doesn't sound right. It seems like it is an error. Second, it redirects people to CNET's main web site. I have to ask...what value is "com.com" to CNET? Do people use it a lot by accident? Did they think it was cool? Something else?
The dotcom crash must be getting to them. ;)
I've observed this new URL scheme for a while and can't think of any possible use for it.
Unless they're trying to centralise the URL tracking system, of course, which is an unbelievably complex system. Hmmm...
(former Webmaster of CNET India)