.COM versus .ORG?

.COM versus .ORG? which is better? 

.COM

.COM is short for  “COMpanies”.

.COM is the most popular and commonly used domain. I tried to make few research about why “.com” is the most popular but I couldn’t find a very convincing reason except that the first registered domain name was in the “.com” particularly SYMBOLICS.COM, registered on March 15, 1985. (BTW, the first Top Level Domains(TLD) are .COM, .ORG, .EDU, .GOV, .MIL and ccTLD). In short, .COM was the oldest registered web-address in the world.

.COM became more and more popular and people tend to incorporate domain names with .COM, even up to now. As a result, a common user would most likely try a .COM version of a certain domain than other TLDs.

As of this date, a .COM costs $10.00 per year.

.ORG

.ORG also was one of the first generic TLDs. The first registered domain under .ORG came 3 months after .COM (July 1985 under mitre.org).

Wikipedia says:

…ORG was one of the original top-level domains, established in January 1985, originally intended for use by organizations that did not meet the requirements for other gTLDs.

…Anyone can register a .org domain; there are no requirements for registration. .org was commonly recommended for use by individuals, although .name and .info are now alternatives.

…The .org TLD is mostly associated with non-profit organizations. In addition to its wide use in the charitable field, it is often used by the open-source movement, as opposed to the .com domains used mostly by companies.

.ORG also costs $10.00 per year.

Conclusion

If your site is NON-PROFIT in nature, a .COM or a .ORG or even any domain extension will definitely work for you. It doesn’t matter. It’s just like giving an extended name on your desired domain name. In short, take your pick. One thing is for sure, all domain extensions have the ability to post your site on the web.

If you’re a PROFIT-ORIENTED site, I believe .COM is better than .ORG. As World Wide Web(www) became more and more popular, web designers and web owners often desire to have addresses which can be easily remembered. Since .COM has been the most popular and most reputable domain, tendency is people would most likely type a .COM after a partly remembered domain name rather than a .ORG. As a result, a .COM gets more traffic or visits compared to .ORG of same second level domain name.

A post from http://www.onlineforsuccess.com/domain-com.htm says:

Dot Com is King. Though the prevalence of alternatives to a .com location are increasing daily, the power of a .com domain continues to be unrivaled for its acceptance by consumers and search engines alike. The .com name generates a virtual sense of legitimacy, as the domain where it all began. Even old timers like .net, and .org have yet to obtain the general appeal of a .com name. Without a doubt, everything has its time, and its place. Newcomers like .biz or .info may play a significant role in coming years, and they do allow businesses the flexibility to choose a far more intuitive location name than that which is available in the .com world. But with a limited appeal, and limited search engine recognition, one should likely consider them for additional location registrations, versus the cornerstone location for a new online venture.

Since both domain names cost $10 a year and .COM is so far still the most remembered, why settle for .ORG? Business-wise, it is important that you have the .COM than the .ORG because the .COM will really steal the traffic of .ORG.

So, between .COM and .ORG? .COM win$! 🙂

By the way, its nice to note that recently, many companies use the .ORG to promote their products. Since .org is usually associated with non-profit organizations and many “trust” non-profit organizations, it helps build credibility on the product.

Posted under Infromation Tech/Internet by brix on Thursday 25 December 2008 at 3:10 am

Friendster vs Facebook

Friendster versus Facebook. Facebook versus Friendster. Which is better?

I have signed up and used friendster for almost 3 years now. I was very pleased with this social site because it has been surprising me in meeting my long lost classmates and friends online. It has indeed a very helpful tool in linking to/with other people, both those you know and those you dont.

With that number of years, I could somehow say that I know well friendster’s services and/or features. I have no complains about this social site except sometimes I had so many messages and requests to people who I don’t know and are just actually wanting to befriend with me because they just wanted to increase their list of friends to hundreds and maybe thousands (well, it’s a social site anyway).

Just lately my wife told me about another social site called Facebook.Although I have heard about it for the past years, I explained to her that as far as I know, Friendster was just patterned to Facebook. The only difference i guess was friendster spread like a virus, especially in the PHilippines.

I thought Facebook has bad features that’s why it was outran by friendster. However, when my wife told me Kris Aquino uses Facebook, I then thought Facebook may not be that bad at all, knowing Kris Aquino’s character, very choosy and ‘meticulous’. [Yet I still dont like her :-)]

2 days ago, my brother told me he doesn’t have friendster accounts, but he, his wife, my brothers and his friends rather use Facebook. I asked why and he told me that facebook is better. He explained few points and reasoned more on the fact that in friendster, you have so many offending photos and pictures, sometimes even posted on main pages. There are lots of nude photos in friendster. (Have you noticed that also?) Also, he said that in facebook, you’re social network limits only to your friends and your friends friends, and not to people who are not related to you at all.

To check and see the difference, I signed up for Facebook and I’m just few days old now. For the meantime, I could hardly give feedbacks on difference between the 2 but I have researched few sites and here are some that I found out:

THE FEEL: Similarities and Differences

Similar Features:
• Friend Updates
• Upload Photos and Videos
• Comments (Friendster)/ the Wall (Facebook)
• Send a Smile (Friendster)/ Poke (Facebook)
• Connect with School/ College Friends
• Fans Profiles
• Shout Out (Friendster)/ What am I doing right now (Facebook)
• Classifieds
• Bulletin Boards (Friendster)/ Events and Feed (Facebook)
• Send a Smile (Friendster)/ Poke (Facebook)
• Groups and Discussion Forums

Differences:

Level of Privacy
Both Friendster and Facebook have customizable privacy settings, and allow their users to choose what profile visitors can and cannot see. However, Facebook is stricter when it comes to privacy, as full viewing of profiles is restricted to 1st-degree friends only; whereas Friendster allows anyone, including non-registered Friendster browsers, to explore and view all “open” profiles.

Blogs
Friendster has its own blog-builder open to its users which works like and just as customizable as any other weblog publishing site. The Friendster blog is linked to the user profile page and opens up into a separate window when accessed. Facebook on the other hand, only allows users to post links to their external weblogs on their Facebook profiles.

Applications
Facebook’s Applications is what sets it apart from Friendster. Due to its restricted layout and small fonts, adding applications to the Facebook profile is easy as a breeze. Due to Facebook Platform which allows developers to create applications to be shared and used within the Facebook community, Facebook has a well of fun applications that users can add to their own and their friends’ profiles ranging from games, quizzes, polls, virtual gestures, etc.

Distinctly Friendster:
CSS customizable profiles.

Distinctly Facebook:
Gifts
This is a feature that allows users to send virtual gifts to their Facebook friends and networks.

Badges
This feature allows users to create their own Facebook profile widget that they can upload in other websites.

Business Solutions
Facebook also has a dedicated page that encourages employers, business owners and organizations to create Facebook profiles and use it as a tool to promote their businesses or groups, and to connect with members/customers.

Read more of this here

Posted under Communication,Infromation Tech/Internet,Miscellaneous,Personal by brix on Thursday 16 October 2008 at 5:20 am