So what is this .GG about anyway?

Posted by Ralph  |  August 23, 2011


(photo credit: States of Guernsey, 2011 Visitors Guide brochure)

As we have now truly launched this week — out of beta, but still constantly working to improve — we are naturally receiving more queries. A fun one was about the short URL that our system assigns to each created polltogo poll. The shortened web link is, of course, to facilitate sharing in an SMS, a tweet, etc., and to make it faster to type on an older cell phone’s keypad. (Yes, even older mobile phones, if they have data or even WAP access, can be used to vote on a poll.)

But why

The easy answer is that there is no .GO! So .GG seemed like the next best thing. (Verbally, I guess it could work out to: “poll to go-go“!) It’s the top-level domain name for the beautiful island of Guernsey in the English Channel, just off the coast of France [link: official tourism bureau]. It’s the island where Victor Hugo lived in exile about 150 years ago. Thus, there’s no need to worry, we didn’t have to bribe any dictators or support any questionable regimes to get our domain name!

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