URL Shorteners have been around for several years, but the idea never got popular till the Era of Twitter emerged.
But something is really strange about the new URL shortener the Total URL is “http://to” and that’s it.
This will programmatically break all the rules we have seen for the domain names. Normally, a domain name needs a Top level domain like .com, .net, .org, etc, but this one is something totally unique. I still don’t understand how the DNS servers are accepting this on the Internet level. If this had been on a Local area, it makes sense.
I’m not even able to retrieve Whois for this domain. More research on it after a break.
Update: This could be the potential Explanation:
1- Periods (.) don’t do anything after a domain (ie www.weebly.com.), but they are useful for preventing the browsers from redirecting to http://www.to.com/
2- The real domain we’re looking at: “to” — no “suffix” attached (TLD: top-level domain)
3- The .to registry added an A-record for the “to” domain, which resolves correctly.
Update 3: Finally, all answers arrive on Wikipidea.
.to is the Internet country code top-level domain (ccTLD) of the island kingdom of Tonga.
As the .to domains are paid for, all normal DNS operations are possible and registered sites are not required to display ads on behalf of the registrar. Some domains are free, like .edu.to, but only to real Tongan educational institutions. At this moment businesses registered in Tonga can also get free domains. People who sell on .to domains can claim a bonus.
.to is one of few ccTLDs that (officially) does not maintain a (public) WHOIS database providing registrant information.
What do you think?