from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- abbr. network provider (in Internet addresses)
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- abbr. An Internet TLD.
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If the name you want is taken, try variations, such as adding a middle initial, a city name, or trying “.net” instead of “.com.”
Today, .com establishes a certain credibility in a way that its feeble cousins such as .name, .biz or .info certainly don't; if you see an individual or organisation with, say, a .net website, you just naturally assume that they didn't have the foresight, clout or cash to be able to get hold of the .com.
TorrentFreak's postmortem of the DHS's domain-seizure program "Operation In Our Sites" in which the .com and .net dozens of allegedly infringing sites were seized without due process and with a great deal of sloppiness.