A hit iPhone app, via Armenia

When I first discovered the popular iPhone photo app Instagr.am, my first thought was: Look, another creative use of a country code!

In this case, the country code in question is that of Armenia.

What I found interesting about the company is that it doesn’t refer to itself as “Instragr.am” but instead simply as “Instagram” even though it doesn’t own the Instagram.com domain. Perhaps now that it has 1 million users, it can raise enough money to purchase the domain. Or, perhaps the lesson here is that it doesn’t need to own a .com domain.

That’s where search engines come in awfully handy — particularly the iTunes search engine.

Here is my running list of creative country codes. AndĀ our world-famousĀ Country Codes of the World poster.

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Author: John Yunker

John co-founded Byte Level Research in 2000 and is author of The Web Globalization Report Card. He also co-founder of Ashland Creek Press.

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