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26-Mar-2007

Longest European Domain Names Registered

After the launch of the .eu top-level Domain Name, the European Registry of Internet Domain Names (EURid) reports that six people last year registered the longest addresses allowed, comprising 63 characters and ranging from the Welsh village which has the longest place-name in the UK, llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogochuchaf.eu, to the first 63 decimal places of pi: 3.141592653589793238462643383279502884197169399375105820974944592.com. A German comedian registered both aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa.eu and zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.eu.

The European Registry of Internet Domain Names, or EURid, said Friday that almost 2.5 million .eu addresses were registered last year after its April 7 launch. The most applied for names were sex.eu, hotel.eu, travel.eu and jobs.eu, it said. The popularity of the new .eu "exceeded all expectations," EURid said, as it become the third-favorite for Europeans registering Internet addresses, only topped by Germany’s .de and Britain’s .uk.