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Opencaching are watching…

and responding to some of the conversations happening around the net by putting up a slogan on the still very bland homepage at opencaching.com. The slogan is…

As free and open as the great outdoors…

Does this mean they will be following the enjoyed, rated and reviewed by you approach of the other, independent, opencaching sites? The word free suggests the entire site will be available without cost so does this mean the site is simply a vehicle for Garmin to market its units? Or do Garmin really think they are providing the true alternative to geocaching.com? Lots of questions still to answer, but at least there is some movement.

The folks over at the gps.org.nz forums have made some interesting observations as well. The initial dropping of Garmin from the ‘recommended’ GPSr section has led to a renaming of that tab to now be Most Popular with Garmin reinstated to the podium. But they’ve slipped to the bottom of the supported devices list on your field notes section.

What I have found most interesting though is a number of available opencaching domain names have been snapped up lately, some as recent as a few days ago whilst others in have been in the last couple of months. For fear of ruining the money-making potential of these acquisitions I won’t out them but clearly some think that opencaching is forging ahead and think it may go beyond the .com domain it now has.

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  1. CraigRat

    “For fear of ruining the money-making potential of these acquisitions I won’t out them but clearly some think that opencaching is forging ahead and think it may go beyond the .com domain it now has.”

    I’ll put my hand up as a purchaser of some of the domains in question.

    I’ve got 4 or 5 opencaching/opengeocaching related domains (covering .net, and org.au domains)… they have been purchased to protect geocaching from commercialisation, not anything to do with re-selling.
    Those who know me know it’s not for commercial gain. Never made a cent out of caching, never will (even though our site is somewhat ironically a .com.au one………….)

    Sometimes you have to buy up the surrounding farms to stop the city slickers encroaching your space 🙂

    1. Cumbyrocks

      Thanks for the info CraigRat. The opencaching domains you own were not the ones I was referring to – there are a number out there currently owned but with a for sale status.

  2. CraigRat

    “For fear of ruining the money-making potential of these acquisitions I won’t out them but clearly some think that opencaching is forging ahead and think it may go beyond the .com domain it now has.”

    I’ll put my hand up as a purchaser of some of the domains in question.

    I’ve got 4 or 5 opencaching/opengeocaching related domains (covering .net, and org.au domains)… they have been purchased to protect geocaching from commercialisation, not anything to do with re-selling.
    Those who know me know it’s not for commercial gain. Never made a cent out of caching, never will (even though our site is somewhat ironically a .com.au one………….)

    Sometimes you have to buy up the surrounding farms to stop the city slickers encroaching your space 🙂

    1. Cumbyrocks

      Thanks for the info CraigRat. The opencaching domains you own were not the ones I was referring to – there are a number out there currently owned but with a for sale status.

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