According to post earlier today on Jothan Frakes‘ blog the .me registry is going to be managed by Aflilias in partnership with GoDaddy.
Francesco posted about the tendering process back in November and while his post does cover most of the issues with the tender he obviously hadn’t considered the possibility of a registry operator teaming up with a registrar – but who could have?
What will be interesting to see is how they manage the registry moving forward. Is it likely to end up being converted into something that it wasn’t intended to be originally? (think .tv or .ws) Or will it manage to strike the balance between catering for the region’s residents while also serving the global market? (Unlikely, but you never know!)
Only time will tell! (And yes – I have used that phrase before)