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.io Domain Names
Techs and startups sign up here. This is the ccTLD for the British Indian Ocean Territory (an archipelago of 58 islands between Indonesia and Tanzania). It’s a gTLD due to its wide use as a tech and startup standard. This extension came into existence, and Levi Strauss & Co. was first to register for it in 1998 with levi.io. Okay, that’s not tech nor a startup, but it’s a pretty cool fact.
Anyone can register for a .io domain. It does signal tech and startups, but some folks also choose it to create catchy domains, such as cheer.io and bestcarpacc.io. Fun with domain names and extensions, it’s a thing, and it can also work to boost your ranking and your sales—or whatever your site’s goals are.
Not all countries sell their country code extensions internationally (Canada with .ca as an example). However, the profits, especially for poorer countries, can be significant for communities, villages and governments.