Once upon a time, in a land far, far away, government webmasters would buy up every domain name extension available for their websites. It was reasoned that this would avoid Cybersquatting and would ensure that people typing in your URL would find your site no matter what extension they put in.
Flash forward to 2010. Search engines rule the web. SEO is no longer a reference to the Spanish Ornithological Society. Very few people actually type in a URL anymore. In fact, some of the top web usability consultants such as Jakob Nielsen are even predicting the demise of the URL altogether.
And yet, government departments are still shelling out thousands of dollars per year to register every domain name and extension possible. This is done routinely and I am guessing, without much thought. It is a vertigial reflex from the Web`s pre-historic era.
So, I thought it would be good to reopen the debate (if debate there ever was).
Is there still a valid justification for government organizations to register multiple “just-in-case” URLs and alternate domain name extensions (.org, .net, .biz, etc) or are we just wasting hard earned taxpayer money?