I’m at Domain RoundTable, in San Francisco, with several hundred Internet entrepreneurs. Like other webmasters, these guys own the Internet. Unlike most webmasters, these guys own a significant percentage of the Internet. But besides scale, they have similar interests to other webmasters: managing risk, earning and monetizing traffic, navigating politics and managing cash flow.
They have the same search marketing concerns as well. If Google publishers a new browser that is “free”, will they assume control of the traffic stream outside of consumer awareness? What will this do to your business model? If Yahoo! becomes Microhoo!, what does it mean? If Matt Cutts says “no donuts for you“, how will you pay your developers?
If you can sell a domain today for 500 years revenue, why wouldn’t you do that? If someone offers computer.us for sale at $17,000, why wouldn’t someone based on the Euro buy that piece of American entitlement for what is really something like $8,000 ? Of course they should (and they did).
So about live blogging – will I live blog all of the key, important strategic bits direct live from Domain Roundtable? Of course not. That would be silly. A day pass is $400 and the value is incredible. You should be here, as I am and several hundred other people are. We will all enjoy a competitive advantage OVER YOU as a result of that investment.
Aaron Wall recently asked via his twitter stream, could blog should go behind access restrictions, to serve a select audience instead of an open, public audience. Of course it could, and it should. The market might not be ready for that, which is why I think Aaron asked the question.
If you want to know my perspective on what is going on over here at DomainRoundtable, watch this blog. i will be blogging. But not nearly everything, and probably not the strategic bits of greatest value. If you want those too, let me know in the comments or send me an email.I’m thinking about Aaron’s question, and welcome your comments.