It's been four years since I got a .tel domain. Way back then, I wasn't that keen on the idea - I thought the implementation was iffy and the design pretty naff.
When http://edent.tel/ came up for renewal last year, I decided to add Google Analytics to it so I could see if it was useful.
So, at the moment it bumbles along with 2 to 5 hits a day - more when my blog is popular. I get a couple of genuine emails per month from people visiting it - sometimes leading to work. But mostly it generates spam.
The total cost to renew for another year is €18. That's not a huge amount in the grand scheme of things - and I did originally get the domain free for a couple of years. I hate the idea of linkrot - but it turns out hardly anyone links to it.
It's handy to have a dedicated microsite which contains all my contact details - but as .tel has never quite got the momentum it deserves, it's hard to justify keeping around.
I'd love it if everyone had a .tel and my phone's address book just pointed to their entries. I'd never have to worry about updating people's details when they changed job or phone number. Sadly, that doesn't look likely to happen. The TelNic registry put out its last press release in June 2011 and they haven't seen any significant press since September 2011. Similarly, their blog has gone over a year without an update.
I know some of the guys behind .tel - they're smart, passionate, and committed. They created some great developer resources. But, still, for some reason, the service has never quite broken into the mainstream.
So, should I renew it or just let it lapse? I've got until the 22nd to decide. Leave a comment in the box