Do you own your digital identity already?

Are you aware in the future everybody will have not only a home address, but an internet address too?
For elder people who don’t spend much time on the internet a postal address is certainly enough.

But what are you going to do if somebody asks you:

  • how you can’t be reached?
  • how he can stay connected to you?
  • where he can get more information about you?

What kind of information will you give that person?

  • Your residence?
  • Your home phone number?
  • Your cell phone number?
  • Your e-mail address like SomeName@SomeProvider.com?
  • Your Facebook profile?
  • Your Twitter address?
  • Your Skype number?
  • Your AIM, Yahoo or ICQ messenger?
  • Your LinkedIn account?
  • Your YouTube channel?
  • Your domain name?
  • You will say instead: Find me on Google!
  • Or even all together?

I hope you don’t decide to give your contacts a long list with all these specifications.
I was thinking about this question and I couldn’t find any better solution than providing your friends and business partners a .tel domain.

Allowedly .tel domains haven‘t seen their breakthrough yet, but besides a few exceptions what technology had its breakthrough within only a few months?
And is the fact important if .tel domains will be famous in a few years or already today?

If you don’t have a .tel domain, you always have to decide to announce one primary contact channel. This could be Facebook. But does that look professional? And how secure are your data there?

What will be more important to stay in contact: your postal address or your virtual address?
So perhaps you should secure your own virtual home!

Author: TelTalk

How the world would be if .tel would be successful?

Here some predictions hard to dismiss:

  • Contact data of every company in the world would be accessible within seconds only.
  • Hungry customers would pick up their cell phone, switch it on and say only the word “pizza” (without the need of pressing any buttons) to get connected to their closest pizza delivery service.
  • Phone companies would earn billions with handling phone connections dialed via .tel domains.
  • Private data would be completely secured under the control of the user ownership.
  • Every human would own an online identity in the format “FirstnameSurnameResidence”. Early adopters would own shorter keyword names.
  • Address books would update themselves without the need of exchanging phone numbers manually ever again.
  • Switching centers would be dispensable. Every caller would be connected directly to the right contact person.
  • Internet searches would provide an overview which websites are connected to each other immediately.
  • Nobody would ever use phone books again.
  • Route planning would be started with the identity by the caller or the called party.
  • Administrating websites would be cheap and easy as pie.
  • The ownership of a domain would cost only $1 yearly.

Enough reasons not to lose the faith in this great project!

Author: TelTalk

The key to success for .tel

I’m getting tired talking about the pros and cons of .tel and the mistakes made before.
Telnic should concentrate on the only important question:

How to convince phone manufactures and providers about
1. introducing name dialing
2. using the DNS for it?

Telnic can’t reach critical mass before answering this question, because name dialing is the only way to reach critical mass for .tel!
The products from Telnic and Telnames are completely irrelevant, because critical mass can’t be reached with the solutions provided by them until today.
All you can get from Telnic or Telnames so far everybody can get from other services for cheaper.

.tel should be for phones what Facebook is for computers today!!
But instead Telnames tries to compete with hosting services.
Do we really need another hosting service like Telnames after everybody can find already hundreds of other competitors on the internet?

.tel will become a world changing sensation as soon name dialing comes into play, but before that there won’t be a reason for anybody in the world to register a .tel!
The only reason to register a .tel today is to speculate for a future when name dialing is provided by .tel.
But that can’t be provided by Telnic.
It could be only provided by phone companies using the technology from Telnic. And phone companies don’t need critical mass from .tel for that!
Phone companies only need to see the advantages of name dialing. Is that so difficult to explain to them?
Every kid should understand it’s easier to dial a name instead of a number!
It can’t be rocket science to explain it to phone companies!

Perhaps it would be much easier to convince phone companies about this if Telnic would start exchanging opinions and activities with their customers, supporters and experts from these industry sectors!!
(Another side effect would be that Telnic would get a much better picture in the public opinion!)

Author: Sunrise

Past, present and future of .tel

The Product

After the introduction of phone and internet services .tel is probably one of the most important inventions for the merger of phone and internet.
Central feature of .tel is the storage of all data inside of the DNS. The problem with this ability is nobody is able to see this benefit as long the DNS is not used as central interface for data exchange.
People who get in touch with .tel see only a limited website service, but .tel is so much more.
Since phone and internet are growing together, there is no other technical solution that supports fast communication, automatic data exchange and direct accessibility better than .tel.
Even the introduction of almost 2,000 new TLD won’t change the fact the concept for using the DNS is unique.

The Past

Okay, the past development has been disappointing for all customers (including domain investors and end users) and for Telnic themselves.
After millions of registrations have been expected in the early years activities have been reduced a lot from all sides.
This is caused by the difficulties to recognize the benefits of .tel for most internet users. .tel looks very boring in comparison to common websites and beside a few early adopters nobody really knows about the additional functionalities .tel can be used for.

The Present

Telnic have adjusted their strategy to the lack of success and are moving on with much slower speed.
They trust on registrars to develop complemented services for .tel, but Telnic doesn’t provide a complete service themselves.
For the old control panel adequate website design is missing; for Telnames subdomains are missing.
In this situation it is very clear nobody will be able to make any kind of money with .tel during the next approximately 5 years.

The Future

Do you remember the launch of the first TLD in the eighties? .com stayed unknown for the public at least for 10 years before it have become a big success.
Very often new technologies need long time until they can be implemented into advanced technologies.
For .tel it is the same. It has the potential to replace phone numbers. If this vision will become reality, every human on this planet could demand to own a .tel.
Even it can last decades until this scenario will become reality the chance for it is big.

The Conclusion

Due to the slow software development and the cancelation of every communication from Telnic I have lost my interest in developing websites for .tel completely since 2009.
In addition due to the low general awareness level for .tel I currently don’t see any benefit it providing any content on .tel, because who will visit them anyway?
I’ve reduced my activities for .tel to a minimum (exactly like Telnic) and that will stay this way until Telnic will become active again or .tel will reach mainstream through different measures.
I’m also asking myself why should I invest any time since nothing can be heard from Telnic since long.
So after cleaning my portfolio I’m putting all my .tel into the closet and will bring them out again when the time for .tel has come.
I’m still probably one of the strongest believer in .tel, and people will call me crazy for this believe. I don’t mind!
We speak again in 10 years!

Author: JH

Please don’t read this!

Telnames offer an integrated mobile website without additional costs. This is bad for all hosting providers who want to sell additional services.

With .tel the contact data of businesses are always easy to find. This is bad, because contact data of a website needs to be difficult to find like it’s the norm on other websites. If the users don’t have to search for contact data anymore, the click rate of the websites would decline dramatically. This isn’t good for SEO purposes. A higher click rate influences the ranking of a website positively.

.tel can be implemented into phone applications. This is bad, because people are using cryptic phone numbers since long. It wouldn’t be good if users have to change their habit by using memorizable names instead to call somebody.

.tel is so easy to customize. This is bad, because cost-intensive services would lose a lot of customers.

.tel makes the contact data of businesses easily accessible, but contact data belongs hidden. As example criminals and dishonest people intend to arrange their business without getting found, but .tel makes it easy to identify businesses easily.

.tel intends to build a global directory for businesses. This is bad, because if this plan succeeds, the services from all Yellow Pages become useless.

.tel enables people to approach each other much faster by phone. This is bad, because telecommunication services are earning already enough money and a dramatic increase of phone calls initiated by .tel would lead to capacity utilization.

.tel makes it so easy to get to the desired object of search. This would make the use of the whole internet too easy. This is bad, because old industries based on complicated structures could suffer a lot by becoming unattractive.

.tel is based on a different way for domain business than all other websites before. This is bad, because it’s uncomfortable and not good to change old habits.

As you see there are a lot of disadvantages from .tel. To ensure old businesses wouldn’t be endangered by it, it would be better nobody will notice this! Hopefully you have followed my appeal not to read this post!

Author: Telnot

When the success for .tel will come?

The success will come that day when people:

  • will discover that every human will need a website,
  • don’t want to spend much time on developing domains,
  • want to use domains for other purposes than in the past (for contact purposes – away from content),
  • don’t want to create a desktop and a mobile website separately,
  • want to use the internet more efficient,
  • want to use memorable name phone numbers / name dialing instead of nonsensically numeric phone numbers,
  • will recognize that domains will become the interface for automatic data exchange,
  • want to protect and share their contact data easily,
  • want to build a trustful online identity about themselves,
  • don’t want to spend 5 minutes for the search of a telephone number.

The reasons why .tel isn’t successful yet:

  • People don’t know about a website solution which is able to register and create within 5 minutes only.
  • People don’t see the need to register their own .tel, because they don’t know about the importance of a virtual address.
  • The internet is full wish trash. For users it isn’t easy to identify the solution with the highest grade of simplicity and effectiveness.
  • People don’t see the need for protecting their personal data as long they think they can trust that Facebook will handle their data trustfully and reliable (which of course is a misjudgment).
  • The development for .tel domains is not ready yet. In 2012 advanced website design for Telnames has been seen for the first time. Now a worldwide integration is needed.

It’s impossible to predict when exactly the success will come, but from the list above it’s easy to see that the need for .tel is limitless.

Author: TelTalk

Skype Status Button on .tel domains

TELcp has added a new feature for the .tel domain. Both tel owners and ten users can now display the Skype status button on any .tel page.

As shown below, the status button will be displayed right under the header of the .tel page and occupies the space allocated for top image ad (image banner). The real time status of the Skype user will be clearly displayed on desktop proxy and mobile proxy.

Skype on Desktops

Skype on Desktops

Sample site at www.TELcp.tel:

Skype on Mobiles

Skype on Mobiles

The only disadvantage is that the .tel user / owner has to sacrifice the top banner to pave the way for the newcomer. However, .tel based directories will be greatly benefited from this feature.

Looking forward to improve the VOIP capability between .tel pages (.tel page users), so that family members and company staff sharing single .tel domain to display all their contact details will be able to maintain private communication network within the .tel.

Author: TELcp

People, wake up!

For those people who still doubt the future success of .tel, please compare the product from 2009 and 2012.

In 2009 it was not even possible to insert a small company logo:

2009

2009

For sure the current design won’t be the last improvement:

2012

2012

Telnic was not able to provide a suitable design for the common .tels until today.

Surprisingly with Telnames they have created a product which really comply customer needs:

  1. Providing mobile and desktop website in one step only
  2. Amazing design for both versions
  3. Domain name already included
  4. Focusing on fundamental needs of SMBs as website owner
  5. Enabling fast communication channels for website visitors
  6. Providing the easiest way to create a homepage (The control panel to customize the website is the best I have ever seen.)
  7. Only one login for administration of website and domain name
  8. Allowing individual style by uploading wallpapers and PDF files
  9. Participation in the fastest growing industry worldwide (the mobile web)
  10. Competitive low price

Do you know any other service provider delivering nearly the same?

I expect after the past disappointments of the last 3 years, for many it will be hard to believe in .tel once again.
But looking at the new product I say finally we have something what can be sold to end users.
Telnic have never delivered a finished product, but Telnames is doing great!

Don’t forget you won’t find any other DNS provider! The technology is exceptional and visionary!
If you want to take part in the upcoming development, the earlier you join the higher the chance you can register a nice domain name. Or do you want to end up with http://IWasNotAbleToRegisterMyDesiredDomainName.tel?

Author: Telnamer

Lifting Up the .tel

Here one of the best suggestions to Telnic to expand the .tel experience:

Consider forming another subsidiary to sell the original concept of the .tel (without ads, videos etc) with multiple sub domains under different packages.

Lift the restrictions/throttling.
Charge according to the bandwidth/transactions.

Allow multinational companies to have their own directories.
Let the mobile companies to give away free tel page to each and every customer.

We will single handedly promote the .tel to more than 1 million willing customers (without charging them) worldwide.
Or we will hand over you the required tel domains back to you. You can do the needful.
We will tel you the targeted customers.

.tel will FLY.

Proof for this method going to be successful.
I can contact 1 million+ targeted customers by email (worldwide) without violating the CAN-SPAM act 2003.
And I have the right tel domain for this purpose.
(With that alone I hope I could generate 100,000 – 150,000 new regs).
Once proved, Telnic can show results to telcos.
This way all (Telnic, Telcos, domain investors, registrars, resellers, developers) will get benefited.

But all depends on what Telnic wants to do.

Based on 3000 sub domains @ 100 records per sub domains and the average price tag for registration of a single .tel domain around $10.00, consider the following.

1) 1 million sub domains @ 3 records per sub domain – reg price per domain $100.00
2) 2 million sub domains @ 3 records per sub domain – reg price per domain $200.00
etc.

Sell to interested parties and mobile telcos.
Telnic is the one who should initiate this as they have already shown us that they can create subsidiaries to market tel domains.

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P.S. re: above statement promoting to more than 1 million worldwide, we need to publish only 3 NAPTR records on each page.
1. mobile number
2. email address
3. link to another mobile (which they will be compelled to buy later on to publish their other contact details, geo location, links to
social media etc.

Author: TELcp

10 ways to avoid spam e-mails with a .tel domain

How to protect yourself against spammers?

Here are 10 proposals for solution with their advantages and disadvantages (sorted by ascending significance):

1.) Publish your e-mail address on your .tel domain.
After you will get too many spam e-mails, exchange it with a new e-mail address.
(In case .tel will become a global accepted solution in the future, the e-mail address won’t play a role for contacting others anymore, because the .tel domain owner can be reached only by e-mailing the .tel domain instead.)

+ It’s the easiest way people can reach you.
+ Your main address will always stay the same: your .tel domain!
– You’ll get spam for sure.
– You’ll have additional effort every time you’ll change your e-mail address.

2.) Publish your e-mail address on a subdomain and don’t link from the main page or other websites to this subdomain.

+ Automatic crawlers won’t find your e-mail address as long the subdomain is not linked from anywhere.
– Only people who know your subdomain will find your e-mail address.

3.) Add the information “No spam please!” or “Please avoid messages regarding topics like … !” into the label for your e-mail address.

+ You can hope decent people will follow your instructions.
– This is an ineffective method since spammers won’t follow your plea.
– It gives your .tel domain a non-professional impression.

4.) Don’t publish any e-mail address on your .tel domain.
Instead you can instruct your contacts to ask for your e-mail address, e. g. with a short instruction on your .tel domain.

+ You avoid the biggest danger of getting spam.
– Your contacts are forced to reach you on different channels first, and you have to tell them your e-mail address personally.

5.) Don’t publish your own e-mail address, but the one from your secretary.

+ You delegate your communication and will get only wanted e-mails forwarded.
– You have to give control for your communication to somebody you trust.

6.) Instead of using the contact type “E-Mail”, use the contact type “Info” for text and adjust your e-mail into a format intended to be read by humans only (instead of crawlers), e. g. “name (at) domainname (dot) tld” (instead of “name@domainname.tld”).

A little bit trickier will be this version: name@domainDELETE_THISname.tld.
Senders have do delete the part DELETE_THIS before they use your e-mail address.
(But probably not every user will understand what to do in this case.)

+ Only advanced crawlers will identify your e-mail address; that can reduce the amount of spam you receive.
– Your contacts can’t use a comfortable link to contact you anymore and have to type your e-mail address manually instead.

7.) Separate your communication into private and public.
Use one e-mail address which you give away only to trusted contacts and one which you make public.

But don’t make it too complicated for you: try to use not more than three e-mail addresses (one personal, one business and one public e-mail address)!

+ You can keep your important messages separated from newsletters and junk.
– You have to check several e-mail accounts regularly.

8.) Don’t make your e-mail address public and grant only access to people you trust via TelFriends (by marking the e-mail address as private).
Visitors of your .tel domain will automatically see a link “View private data”.

+ Steady way for avoiding spam!
– Your contacts have to open an account at TelFriends to get access to your e-mail address.

9.) Hide your e-mail address and use the contact form from TelMailBox.com instead.

+ Steady way for avoiding spam!
+ Automatic spamming routines can’t read the captcha code.
– People can contact you only via your .tel domain until you tell them your non-public e-mail address.

10.) Use an e-mail provider which offers you a reliable spam identification service like Google Mail or Hotmail.
You don’t have to use an e-mail address in the format name@gmail.com or name@hotmail.com, but you can use these services also for your .tel domain in the format name@domain.tel (see here).

+ Since you can’t avoid spam completely (because e-mail addresses are collected by spammers on several ways), a good spam filter is obligatory.
– If you don’t use your own server (with all the effort for administration of your e-mail application and spam filter), you rely on the security and service of a third party.

Since not all solutions are effective when fighting against spam, I strongly recommend following the suggestions number 8 till 10 (best all three)!

Further advices for reduction of spam:

  • Never load a received spam e-mail completely in your browser or e-mail program (e. g. the included pictures), never react to it in any way (no answers, no complaints and no buying) and never click a link inside of it (including the faked unsubscribe option)!
    All that would help the spammer to identify your e-mail address as active, so you will get more spam for sure!
  • Report spam: Before you delete your spam, forward your spam with the full e-mail header included to spam@uce.gov as this is the spam box for the FTC (Federal Trade Commission).
    E-mails sent to this box will be investigated. If it is indeed spam, the original sender can be charged $500 per e-mail. The more e-mails they get from different users but same spammer, the more it’s likely to be investigated.
    Find more information at FTC.gov/spam.
  • Go to Google.com and type your e-mail address into the search box. If Google can find your address, probably spammers have got it, too.
    Make sure you delete the e-mail address from your own websites and ask other services (e. g. via e-mail) for deleting your e-mail address (or updating it to another, e. g. to your public e-mail address for secondary purposes).
    Easier and more effective in this case would be just to change your e-mail address and try to avoid that it will become public again!

Author: TelTalk