.YU we hardly knew you


It’s funny how top-level domain names (TLDs) outlast the countries they represent.

In 2007 I wrote about the end of .YU (Yugoslavia), though it didn’t exactly go away back then.

Stephane Gelder writes that the TLD for Yugoslavia expires officially in a week, to be replaced by .RS (Serbia).

So this is it. Goodbye .YU. It was nice knowing you.

Speaking of domains that won’t die. .SU is still with us. I’m not sure that one will ever die. It’s become one of those retro domains that Russians don’t want to let go of. And I understand the attraction.

Domains are the street signs of our digital lives and it’s hard to let them go.

In case you’re wondering, I did not include .YU in the poster.

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John Yunker
John is co-founder of Byte Level Research and author of Think Outside the Country as well as 14 annual editions of The Web Globalization Report Card. He is also co-founder of Ashland Creek Press.
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