The Seductive SoundIO of BellagIO
The pleasant-sounding “io” vowel couple is popular to add to the end of a word to create a unique brand. The dot io – British Indian Ocean ccTld – joins list of favored extensions among startups.
Besides Indian Ocean, IO stands for input/output, industrial organization, and is the name of one of Jupiter’s moons.
The “io,” ends many words, giving them a nice “ring,” and a pleasant connotation to the “io” sound:
DiMaggio [Americans know as, DiMaggEE-O]
The first two of these io dot coms recently sold at auction are Italian. The rest are invented brands:
rimedio.com [remedy / Italian] $3,688.00
divorcio.com [divorce / Italian] 250 EU
citrio.com 1,800 USD – browser
solemio.com 2,999 USD – clothing
celebrio.com 2,000 USD
wisio.com 999 USD – software company
vecio.com 999 USD
empio.com 999 USD
globelio.com 941 EUR
fodio.com 800 USD
familyfolio.com 899 USD
captio.com 3,000 EUR
coupio.com 1,500 USD
solucio.com 900 USD
In the news, Player.io just got sold to Yahoo!, Kickfolio rebranded to App.io, with the Indian Ocean ccTLD extension. Startup Vigour.io announced May 27, 2013 €500,000 in seed funding from Deutsche Telekom and Linden Mobile Ventures. Vigour.io is big news in that it is doing interesting things tech wise, connecting screens to view videos on two devices, tv and mobile, for instance, and enabling the mobile device to become a remote or browse through videos to queue the next video, or watch a different one simultaneously. It is a company that Netflix, Amazon, Google and Apple may want to benefit from its tech to serve video screen-wise.
Vigour.io Founders – Serious Young Men with €500,000 in Funding Since May 27th, 2013. Netflix Might Become a Customer.
Sales reported of the dot io extension include:
pain.io 1,499 USD
body.io 2,300 USD
video.io 1,340 USD
pay.io 5,000 EUR
read.io 1,200 USD
Wireless.io $1 – $5,000 listed at Moniker auction in 2008.
IO.com, responsive website pictured, below, is a data center software company.
Webmaster Trend Analyst at Google UK Pierre Far gave his seal of approval to dot io extension on his Google+ site, posting a link to the list of current ccTLDs treated as generic, saying,
The latest addition includes the quite-popular (and personal favorite ) .io.
Also in the news,
are two of 2000+ domains frozen in Joel Williams court case . . . The WhosIs address of Cars.io is currently Thailand.
Inspired by the Alabama dot travel thread, I suggest the administrator of theDomains domain industry blog should highlight dot io alongside tv, us, me, co, and us in the right column, as extensions of interest! The biggest conference in domaining – TRAFFIC – is being hosted right now at the Bellagio. Therefore, it is fitting to give the “io” string – at the end of domains for branding, and as an extension – attention.
Explore developed dot io sites on Google: http://www.google.com/search?q=site:*.io.
The first 3 pages include:
lightup.io – Learn by Making
explorer.io – Bring Adventure to any Application (Bear mace not included!)
avenue.io – the management tool for your Empire Avenue account
easel.io – web design in your browser
applist.io – B2B apps for small businesses
livestream.io – Watch free online Directo TV and sports
Brands ending in “io.com” with the ee-O sound seem to be doing well on BrandBucket, making up about 10% of sold dot coms on its client list, including:
Many are developed sites of a startup nature. Two standouts are: Wisio.com and Taskio.com – both software companies.
It appears with all the software / tech / startup firms flocking to NAMEio.com and .io domains, the io string and .io extension seem to generate serious cache in behalf of the business branded by either one.
All this research got me excited, so I could not help but dip into the, “io,” pool, with a new hand reg today! Drumroll, please ……………………
taking advantage of the “you” sound the double vowel string makes, as in, “Teach you.”
What cool io.com names can you think of? Comment, below!
Ref: Yahoo Acquires Gaming Infrastructure Startup PlayerScale
Vigour raises $650,000 to help users experience apps fluidly across multiple screens
Alabama Moves Its Official Travel Site From AlabamaTravel.org/.Gov to Alabama.Travel
- theDomains article & comments
Kickfolio Becomes App.io, Raises $1 Million+ To Bring Mobile Apps To The Browser And, Now, The Facebook News Feed, Too – news via TechCrunch
Martin Künzel – wiki commons