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Curious, why extra points for `.co` ?

I was formerly the CTO of .CO, so it's shameless self-interest. :)

If you're considering what TLD to use for your next project, .CO gives you a ton of great freebies with their membership program[1]. Worth a look.

EDIT [1] whoops forgot the link thanks pc86 http://www.go.co/members/

http://www.go.co/ for those interested. (No affiliation, just had to Google for it)

For the membership program specifically: http://www.go.co/members/

Even though a lot of the offers are closed (would be nice if I could filter those out) there are still some handy deals in there.

I actually use a .co domain and had no idea about this program, so thanks to the GP!

.CO is also great in that they help startup communities, such as "Startup Weekend".

I've always been very frustrated with .co domains, since they are so close to .com and often get confused with one another. How does .CO handle this?

Some companies, especially at the beginning, would put a trailing slash on their domain names when using .CO on a business card or other printed material.

Things have gotten better now, and millions of people have interacted with t.co, the Twitter shortener, Vine, etc., which means that .CO isn't quite as "underground" as it used to be.

I think ultimately the choice of TLD should be related to other branding decisions in that you consider your market first. So if you are pursuing a group that's very internet savvy, or startup savvy, they've probably heard of .CO and you can use it freely. (Likewise, you could probably use an unusual/industry name)

But if you are going after people who aren't familiar with URLs or domain names -- or maybe can't even discriminate between an email address and a domain name -- you'd be better off going with the safer option.

Do you know if .CO (originally Colombian) is treated as a top-level domain by Google, just like .IO is?

nice perks! can we have those perks even for a personal website? :)

Yep! Just buy a .CO and get your info into WHOIS and you should be good.

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