Another future-minded .brand site from Google

By Tony Kirsch
Head of Professional Services, Neustar

Earlier this year, I wrote about the exciting launch of Google’s environment project microsite at www.environment.google. The company made a big splash in announcing its renewable energy targets, attracting widespread media coverage and drawing plenty of interest to the topic.

As I wrote at the time, the fact that an initiative of such significance to the company was being housed on a .google domain spoke volumes about the importance of the TLD to the brand’s identity – and over the last year or so they’ve expanded their use of .google with numerous other initiatives such as www.blog.google, www.design.google and www.domains.google to name just a few.

Last week we saw another evolution of the .google namespace with the release of a new site that promotes its continued expansion into Artificial Intelligence (AI) – which was a hot topic at the recent Google I/O conference.

The site can be found (not surprisingly) at www.ai.google.

“Last week we saw another evolution of the .google namespace with the release of a new site that promotes its continued expansion into Artificial Intelligence (AI).”

Google I/O – its annual developer conference – attracts thousands of attendees each year, flocking to hear from high-profile speakers “exploring the next generation of tech”.

At the I/O conference this year, AI technology was one of the first subjects of the keynote address, in a presentation that opened with a short film about the power of ‘an idea’.

On the www.ai.google site, Google writes that its “mission is to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful, and AI is enabling us to do that in incredible new ways – solving problems for our users, our customers, and the world.”

My slightly biased view of this is that the use of www.ai.google makes the microsite itself highly accessible and is an excellent opportunity to highlight the new technologies being promoted by Google such as Google Lens and Google Jobs in the future.

There is no denying that Google’s scale and profile have great power in drawing attention to the .brand space, and in using its .google domain with this site it is sending a strong message – when you’re launching something new, that is important to your brand and your company, your .brand Top-Level Domain should be a part of the equation.

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