ReadWriteWeb Does Sponsor Posts

I was a bit surprised to see that ReadWriteWeb published a sponsor post (about the .me domain, which is cool, check out /shameless plug), something I haven’t noticed them doing before. This is how they, well, defend it I guess:

[…] we offer our long-term sponsors the opportunity to write ‘Sponsor Posts’ and tell their story. These posts are clearly marked as written by sponsors, but we also want them to be useful and interesting to our readers. We hope you like the posts and we encourage you to support our sponsors by trying out their products.

Right. I’m not sure I like this kind of sponsored post actually, it is too much marketing. I don’t mind thanking sponsors in posts though, as in “thanks to our sponsors, June 2009” or something like that. This? Too much marketing, but at least RWW are transparent about it.

Will Dot ME Take Center Stage?

Starting today, domain names with a dot me extension will be sold for the first time to the general public. Dot me was originally assigned to the small nation of Montenegro in Southeastern Europe. In order to cash in, they’ve decided to remove geographic
restrictions on domain name ownership.

Will this become a way for people to take ownership of their name? Do big time bloggers need to run out and secure their own name? (Perhaps that’s a question Jonathan Bailey can address).

Given the social networking boom, the nation has teamed up with
EnCirca to facilitate the sale process.

If you have a current trademark or service mark, that was registered in your name BEFORE June 28, 2006, dot me is available to you now.
Everyone else can get in on the self-centered action later in June ’08.

Do you think dot me domains will become mainstays or fly under the radar as a brief trend?