.LA: It isn’t Los Angeles, it’s Laos!

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.la: It isn’t Los Angeles, it’s Laos!

I’ve seen a lot of weird stuff happen in the domain industry over the years. The latest is to market the .LA extension as being for “Los Angeles.” It’s not. It’s actually the country code for Laos. Such nonsense is pretty commom place in the industry. Here are some examples:

.TV – The industry pushed it for video sites, but it’s the country code domain for Tuvalu.

.WS – Pushed as standing for “Web Site,” but is actually the country code domain of Western Samoa.

.FM – Mentioned for music, but actually the country code domain of the Federated States of Micronesia.

.ME – The country code domain for Montenegro was pushed for personal domains, with a slogan encouraging people to “Express Themselves.”

On occasion, buying country code domains is a good choice for a particular project, or could be profitable. However, more often that not, the old reliables, .COM, .NET, and .ORG are the best bets. Unfortunately, I fear that many are fooled by some of the overly optimistic ad campaigns used to publicize the extensions.