Once upon a time, back in the ancient history of the Internet–before the 1990s–domain names were carefully controlled and regulated. A single organization controlled each top level domain. If you wanted a domain name, you had to meet their requirements. Often the policies enforced were quite picky. If you wanted a .uk domain name, you were required to actually be in the UK, for example. If you wanted a .org domain, you were required to be a non-profit organization.
Just in case you’re one of the few people not yet driven to install ad-blocking software by the plague of huge ugly flashing ads… You might like to know that the Internet advertisers have decided that the reason their ads aren’t working is that they’re still not big and annoying enough.
Banner ads don’t work. Everyone knows it. The online advertising industry, however, doesn’t want to admit it. Just a few days ago there was a big meeting of members of the Internet Advertising Bureau—a self-selected group of big web sites and ad banner hucksters, including Yahoo, AOL, DoubleClick and Excite. These towering intellects have decided that the reason ad banners don’t work is that they’re not big enough. So they’ve decided on some new standards for ad banner sizes.