No more 🇺🇸 in emoji domain registrations

UPDATE August 2017: .to does allow registering emoji domains containing 🇺🇸 (United States flag)

Over the weekend, @emojidomaincode retweeted @ContrarianCdn’s tweet about not realizing how “real” emoji domains were.

Quite a few folks are surprised, shocked, stunned or baffled in discovering emoji domains exist.

For some it’s life altering to find out, while others tend to shrug off emoji domains as a waste of time, money, and tech.

Nevertheless, @emojidomaincode’s retweet uncovered something that I had not known pertaining to emoji domains as of late:

Apparently, registering emoji domains containing 🇺🇸 (United States flag) is no longer an option due to flag similarity.

If you didn’t know, many folks are often confused by Liberia (🇱🇷) and United States (🇺🇸) country flags.

It’s confusing when viewing emoji flags from a device due to the flags being so small when rendered on the emoji keyboard.

SO, if you have emoji domains with the USA flag (🇺🇸), then consider yourself holding prime domain real estate. I have a few as well as do others:

In fact, I exchanged messages with @Ry_Dunkin, another domaining peer,  that also owns an emoji domain containing the 🇺🇸.

He too contacted GoDaddy as I did, but GoDaddy was unable to state in great clarity as to why the 🇺🇸 emoji specifically was disabled for emoji domain name registration.

As of now, I’m awaiting to hear back from my GoDaddy representative via a phone call or email as I too placed a call earlier today.

While on the phone, the GoDaddy rep did attempt to renew one of my emoji flag combos with success (renewal price was $21.99, but that’s another post, another day). So, it doesn’t appear to stop existing GoDaddy emoji domain renewals.

But as Jon Roig, creator of i❤.ws, points out above in his response, it would be great to have a clear, definitive answer from the .ws registry as to why restrictions were put in place after nearly so many emoji domain registrations.

Then again, there’s always the option of trying other domain registrars that support non .ws emoji registrations.

I’ve not attempted to register emoji domains containing the 🇺🇸 emoji at any other website or extension.

However, I did search the emoji domain marketplace and found the following emoji domains containing the 🇺🇸 listed in auction:

There are 29 emoji domains listed in auction as of July 24th 2017.

In addition, the above emoji domain list DOES NOT display emoji domains I own containing the 🇺🇸 (see below):

And in case you’re wondering, ❤️🇺🇸.ws redirects to I don’t own it.

Nevertheless, hold tight to registered emoji domains containing the 🇺🇸 emoji, seeing the latest registration restriction has increased their value.

Also, it might be worth your time and investment to scope out other emoji flags or emoji that could likely fall prey to a similar registration restriction.

We’ve now experienced scarce or limited registrations of .com and .net emoji domains, and now emoji domains containing the 🇺🇸 emoji. What’s next for emoji domains?

Do you think that the 🇺🇸 emoji or any other emoji should be restricted from emoji domain registration?

UPDATE August 2017: .to does allow registering emoji domains containing 🇺🇸 (United States flag)

Written by Alvin Brown
He's an experienced and passionate serial entrepreneur, founder and publisher of Kickstart Commerce. Alvin possesses a great love for startups dominating their market using profitable digital strategies for greater commerce.