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We’re on Twitter

There’s always another buzz website or application that everyone is using to share information and at the moment it is Twitter.

Update: We’ve just been given the “icann” Twitter name, so will start using that as the main ICANN Twitter feed

Twitter is a simple but surprisingly effective and addictive way of communicating. You are restricted to 140 characters per message but thanks to Web technology those notes can be easily written and uploaded and then shared and download, making it very effective at spreading small snippets of information quickly.

So ICANN is on Twitter and has been using it since just before the Mexico City meeting in March. You can find an English Twitter feed at icann, icann_en and a Spanish one at icann_es. We have been using the tag #icann, as have many of you in the community, to flag any posts (“tweets”) relevant to ICANN. You can see all those posts through a Twitter search for “#icann”.

As of right now, there are 177 “followers” of our feed and we are using it to provide quick updates on work ICANN is doing – highlighting an official announcement, or warning of a closing public comment period, or pointing out something of particular relevance – like a recent video by EU Commissioner Viviane Reding all about ICANN.

We’ll also be running the #icann Twitter feed on the website for Sydney so you can share information about the meeting while it is going on.

So if you have heard about Twitter and wondered what on earth people are talking about, come join the ICANN Twitter feed and try it out. If you any questions, just add a comment below.


    Domain Name System
    Internationalized Domain Name ,IDN,"IDNs are domain names that include characters used in the local representation of languages that are not written with the twenty-six letters of the basic Latin alphabet ""a-z"". An IDN can contain Latin letters with diacritical marks, as required by many European languages, or may consist of characters from non-Latin scripts such as Arabic or Chinese. Many languages also use other types of digits than the European ""0-9"". The basic Latin alphabet together with the European-Arabic digits are, for the purpose of domain names, termed ""ASCII characters"" (ASCII = American Standard Code for Information Interchange). These are also included in the broader range of ""Unicode characters"" that provides the basis for IDNs. The ""hostname rule"" requires that all domain names of the type under consideration here are stored in the DNS using only the ASCII characters listed above, with the one further addition of the hyphen ""-"". The Unicode form of an IDN therefore requires special encoding before it is entered into the DNS. The following terminology is used when distinguishing between these forms: A domain name consists of a series of ""labels"" (separated by ""dots""). The ASCII form of an IDN label is termed an ""A-label"". All operations defined in the DNS protocol use A-labels exclusively. The Unicode form, which a user expects to be displayed, is termed a ""U-label"". The difference may be illustrated with the Hindi word for ""test"" — परीका — appearing here as a U-label would (in the Devanagari script). A special form of ""ASCII compatible encoding"" (abbreviated ACE) is applied to this to produce the corresponding A-label: xn--11b5bs1di. A domain name that only includes ASCII letters, digits, and hyphens is termed an ""LDH label"". Although the definitions of A-labels and LDH-labels overlap, a name consisting exclusively of LDH labels, such as"""" is not an IDN."