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Taylor Swift buys .porn and .adult web domains

Web domain names traditionally go for general public sale on June 1st but some stars and companies are given the opportunity to buy them ahead of this date. These are all part of public sale by Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). Many famous named people do this for any number of reasons, but it can be well understood in one particular case.

Taylor Swift has taken the opportunity to buy the web names TaylorSwift.porn and TaylorSwift.adult, which is understandable and the cost of these do not appear to have been high, in this case porn and .adult are $99 (£66) as opposed to some domains which can cost as much as $2,500 (£1,674). Other well-known names that have bought .adult and .porn domains include Sir Richard Branson and Stringfellows. There are others of course Microsoft Office has registered Office.porn and Office.adult.

The endings of domain names has been expanding over the years and just four years ago, there were just 22, now the number stands at 550 and the numbers grow each month. The thinking behind these different endings for domain names is that it can help users arrive at their destination quicker, also the endings .porn or .adult makes it easier for parents to block these sites, and one of the ones to be released in June is .sucks. We shall follow that with interest to see how many take it up!

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