Meaning of del.icio.us

I've always been wondering the meaning of dots in del.icio.us. The wikipedia entry explains it well:

The del.icio.us domain name is a popular example of a domain hack, an unconventional combination of letters to form a common word or phrase. del.icio.us, though not the first domain of this nature, is the best-known and most frequently accessed domain hack, and the Yahoo! acquisition is the highest-profile acquisition of a domain in this category. However, delicious.com also redirects to the del.icio.us website.

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Cool reference, Arun. I'd always assumed this was the case for "del.icio.us" (knowing that ".us" is a TLD), but it's still interesting to see the phenomenon laid out and given a name in the Wikipedia article.

On a bit of a tangent... It's sad to see the clever domain hacks which aren't. For example, I remember that sci.fi used to be some Finnish college kid's cool vanity domain. Now it appears to point to some 90's-style portal page (can't speak to it any more specifically, since I don't know Finnish).

Posted by jamey on December 15, 2006 at 01:37 AM PST #

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