A new second-level domain, me.uk, opened for registration on yesterday.
An overwhelming majority of the members of the UK's national registry Nominet, mostly Internet service providers, voted for the creation of the new name. No other second-level domain has been added since 1996, the organization said.
"By lunchtime on Monday, we had 1,300 me.uk registrations," said a Nominet spokeswoman. "If you compare that to the number of co.uk names registered, this is quite high, and demonstrates the interest in this new SLD." The first me.uk name registered was lucas.me.uk.
Registration Me.uk domains are assigned on a first come, first served basis. The registration fee starts at £50 plus tax, but will gradually be lowered over the coming six months to £5. The initial high price is intended to discourage cybersquatters from registering domain names in bulk, Nominet said.
It is too early to tell whether the high-price tactic is working, but some generic names are being registered, said the Nominet spokeswoman.
"We have no strong evidence of cybersquatters, but quite a few of the generic names have been registered, things like text.me.uk. However, at the moment it is a good mix of people's names and generic names," she said.
The me.uk domains are not meant for commercial use, but an owner could use the domain as a front for commercial services as Nominet has no power over what the domain is used for, the spokeswoman said.