viernes, 30 de marzo de 2012

78x78 Logo/Image en TELcp

To: All tel Owners at

You can now upload  logos/images to server.

Max size: 20K
Formats: jpeg, jpg, gif, animated gif and png.

The images will be scaled down to 78x78 pixels on .tel domains automatically.

Available for tel Owner for the Main Page.
And tel User pages (10 for FREE accounts).

TELcp Administration.
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jueves, 29 de marzo de 2012

Actualizaciones en los dominios .tel

 .tel updated week of 26th March
As most of you have noticed, there has been an update this week to the .tel web proxy. This has included the following:

- Support for movie records. A single YouTube, Vimeo or Daily Motion movie will play on both the Desktop and smartphone proxies. These can be added using the API and some third party sites (Telmasters and TelCP) have very kindly already added them to their tools
- Update to the logo so that it is no longer resized to be square. It will still be shown within the 78 x 78 dimensions, but if it is rectangular it will no longer be distorted into a square shape
- Increased width for the image ads which can be added to the top and bottom of the desktop so that they are now 468x60 to comply with IAB formats
- Additional icon for Pinterest (see

If you notice any issues with regards to unexpected or unanticipated behaviour as a result of this new functionality, please do let us know.

All of these requests have been implemented following requests from .tel owners bioth directly and through this community on the forum. Thank you for your continued suggestions and support.

miércoles, 28 de marzo de 2012

Ya se pueden poner videos en los dominios .tel, a través de

To: All tel Owners at

Add/Delete video functionality through TELcp is now stable.

Just add your selected video URL (from Youtube, Vimeo or Dailymotion).
TELcp will automatically select the service.

You can have the video on a single page, recursive/non-recursive or different videos on each tel page.
TELcp provides the option to make it Recursive or non-Recursive.

However, if more than one video records are created on a telpage, then the first one parsed by the TelProxy will
be displayed, any subsequent videos will then be rendered as standard web contact types.

All video records count towards the 100 records (max) in a folder limit.

Available for both tel Owners & tel Users.

TELcp Administration.

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martes, 27 de marzo de 2012

El nuevo video de los dominios .tel

The Key to being found online from Adrian Snell on Vimeo.

Vaya, ya está cogido

Acabo de comprobar que ya está cogido, y que tiene su tarjeta activa. ¿Os suena quien lo tiene?

Otros activos de las nuevas tarjetas son:

domingo, 25 de marzo de 2012

Se acercan las nuevas plantillas de los dominios .tel

Se acercan ya las nuevas plantillas de los dominios .tel, y algunas parecen bastante interesantes, aunque personalmente creo que donde realmente tienen buena pinta es en los smartphone.

Entre las que ya se pueden ver son: donde se ve una galería de imagenes, o donde se ve como va a quedar el video que se va a poder incrustrar.

Digamos que el video quedará muy parecido a como como lo del map, y aunque a primera vista pueda parecer poco interesante, yo considero que es lo ideal, pues cada uno podrá seleccionar si el video es importante o no.

Otra novedad es que la foto del logo parece que puede tener sombras, y luego está lo de poder poner ofertas, que parece muy muy interesante, ya que el principio ideal de los punto .tel es que sea para las pequeñas empresas. Pero aún no he entendido muy bien como se ponen dichas ofertas, así que habrá que estar pendientes.

También aparecen los botones de compartir con facebook, twitter, G+1, o mandar por correo.

Otro dominio con ya la nueva plantilla, es

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martes, 13 de marzo de 2012

Video Record - coming soon en los dominios .tel

To: All tel Owners at

* This new feature will be available through TELcp soon after its release by Telnic.
* You will be able to add a video link from Youtube, Vimeo or Dailymotion.
* The video will be displayed as an embedded video (one video only).

Caution: Before you link to any third party video file , please make sure you do not violate copyright infringement laws.

TELcp Administration.
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Newsletter dominio .tel

Three is the magic number!

Welcome to the latest .tel community newsletter, which this month coincides with our third anniversary of launching .tel in General Availability.

In this issue, we've covered off some surprising statistics and fascinating facts about .tel around the world within our infographic below. We're also pleased to feature some more members of the .tel community who have been in touch with us to tell their stories.

One of the many uses for a .tel is to run a directory service that enables people to access business information quickly, affordably and simply on a mobile device. We recently interviewed a number of .tel directory providers and hope that you also find this article of interest.

As well as this, you'll find some more hints and tips, more customer stories and the latest features in .tel. Do drop us a line at if you'd like to send any feedback or share your story with the community.

Video: coming to a .tel near you!

This month, we'll be updating the .tel service to enable one video per .tel page to be added and played within the page. This will be available for both the desktop and the mobile proxy pages.

Recent statistics from the USA highlighted the massive growth in online video spend and usage.

Once released, in-page video play can only be set up by using the APIs, not via the control panel. Alternatively, there are several organisations offering free and paid-for third party service to help you enhance your .tel's look and feel. For more information and to chat to these providers, why not join in the .tel community forum at

Finnish and Turkish support added to .tel pages

In line with recent partnerships and developments, we're pleased to say that we updated the .tel service this quarter so that Finnish and Turkish are now both supported on the proxy page. This brings the number of languages that will automatically translate key information such as headers and actions (i.e. all information that is systematically chosen rather than free text or user-defined content) to 15.

With customers in 181 countries, from Aruba to Zambia, .tel is a truly international service, and we'll continue to add further language support as usage increases around the world. However, with all of the top 10 most-used languages covered off, accounting for over 1.6 billion internet users, there shouldn't be a problem of information getting lost in translation when visiting a .tel today.

Contact Items: what's supported?

We sometimes get asked from .tel users new and experienced about the type of contacts that can be added to a .tel page. To show the variety of contact items that can be used we've created an example page at This shows the wealth of both contact information and keywords that can be added to a .tel.

In addition to setting up contact details by the type of communications method (e.g. phone, email, Skype etc) you can also, if you wish, indicate the "location" of that contact item. For example, you may have numerous phone numbers on your .tel. The "Location" dropdown allows you to show that one is a mobile number, one a work number and another a home number.

Web links can be inserted on your .tel by selecting the "web page" contact item. Some links will even automatically display the site icon when added. The full list of icons which can be displayed are shown at To avoid the user leaving your .tel page when clicking on a web link these have been automatically set to open in a new window. Should you wish to link to a .tel we have created a specific contact type for this - "go to a .tel". Unlike web links, this displays as a link to a .tel folder and opens in the same window. If you have multiple .tel addresses you can transfer users between them seamlessly using this method.

From Zygon to clocks: time management .tel-style

I am Simon Crow, the founder of what is now the Zygon Group, based in London. My academic training was as an Engineer but in reality I have been involved in the science [sic] of Management for the best part of my working life. Zygon is a management consultancy, now operating internationally.

Zygon Consulting was originally started in 1994 as a single-person management consultancy - me; since then we have grown and advised many UK businesses, across most industry sectors. Now, as a business, our future revenue is dependent on three things; our reputation, our marketing strategy and how easily we can be found by prospective clients.

Whilst the majority of our business is generated by referrals from existing happy clients, we also promote our businesses through marketing campaigns. A strong web presence is essential, in support of the marketing effort, for capturing prospective clients and for generating new leads and opportunities.

So, how does .tel come into the story? I became aware of the proposed Telnic scheme towards the end of 2008. It immediately struck me as a brilliant idea! The idea, of using a single and simple domain name giving instant online access to all personal and business contact data, struck me as just brilliant. Early in 2009, I acquired for business use, and for my personal use. I now have just a single, small business card which shows my business and personal .tels. Just that. Nothing else.

For us at Zygon, the main benefit of having a .tel is: Contacts, Contacts, Contacts. The ability of prospective clients to easily contact us is paramount. In fact, I need to be easily reachable by all our clients; and the .tel is the way to do it. Hence, now on every page of our website there is a link to our .tel domain.

Now semi-retired, I have much reduced my time in supporting our Zygon UK clients. Currently I have two ongoing clients, enabling me to keep in touch with the 'real world'. But now for something completely different!

I am actively establishing a new small business in a very different field - antique English wall clocks. Naturally, I have secured a suitable .tel for the new enterprise. This .tel will be a vital tool to help promote the new business.

By the numbers

Found, from wineries to warehouses

From the rarified world of French wines through to the main street commerce of franchise restaurants and warehouses, .tel is helping build the mobile-optimized directory business of the future. It's not just large yellow page companies that are implementing .tel. We interviewed some pioneers in the community who've been building their own .tel directories.

As our third anniversary infographic shows, the most visited .tel domain for the second year running is a directory. is, according to one third-party site, a growing empire with daily visits exceeding the population of Vatican City. Simple, clear and informative content especially designed for mobile devices enable people to quickly access the information they want when they're out and about.

"The .Tel is a perfect fit for mobile applications and you won't be let down because of a virus or junk mail. It gets right to the point."

Richard Desjardins, President, MaVille Telecommunications

Creating a .tel directory might be a low-cost and fairly simple affair from a technology perspective, but the secret is in the planning and execution. Richard Desjardins, President of MaVille Telecommunications in Canada, thoroughly researched his MaVille directory for months, testing and refining, prior to its official launch in the Summer of 2011.

Richard explains: "Have you ever tried using those large corporate phone book apps? What a nightmare! You have to type in the name - that's if you remember the name - and most of the time, it comes up with "0" results! I spent endless hours researching the big corporations and where they were not giving the customer the necessary visibility they pay for. My wife would wonder were I was at three or four in the morning and would get up to find me wrapped around three or four phone books at a time doing my research. I then meditated on the structure I wanted to use so that there was a very simple and systematic way of using MaVille."

Paul Sindell has been involved in the import and export of wines from France since 1976. He is a director at a web training centre and also lectures at several universities in Anjou, France. His directory, Côte-Rôtie, which launched at the beginning of February 2012, focuses on putting people in direct contact with the numerous wine-makers in the Rhône Valley.

Paul explains, "I am currently developing online directories of famous French wine appellations, which will then be grouped together under one main .tel, The idea is quite simply to export great French wines to the whole world."

"Lebanon has no directory that [is] up-to-date, user friendly, fast, comprehensive, mobile optimized, and most importantly accurate."

Elie Abou Fares, Founder and Partner, Talfen

Elie Abou Fares is Founder and Partner of Talfen, which also spotted a gap in the market in Lebanon for those seeking to find information easily. Talfen launched in July 2010 with 45 business categories covering all of Lebanon. "Lebanon has no directory that has the following qualities: up-to-date, user friendly, fast, comprehensive, mobile optimized and most importantly accurate. Talfen answers all those shortcomings and contains all kinds of contact information a business needs."

"There are several online directories in Lebanon, but most of them are localized for a certain area (such as the city Beirut) and specialized in one business sector (such as Restaurants). Very few directories offer country-wide coverage but they are restricted to limited contact info."

But why use .tel and not more traditional domains where there's more room for open development? Richard is to the point, "Anyone will tell you. If you have a smart phone and you have tried to open a website to find a phone number it's a nightmare and it's not practical because you have to write down whatever you're looking for. The .tel is a perfect fit for mobile and you won't be let down because of a virus or junk mail. It gets right to the point."

Elie adds, "The technology behind .tel enables us to deliver 'smart' contact information understandable by mobile phones."

"The speed of the .tel pages and the mobile optimization are the main reasons why Talfen was built using .tel technology. Another important reason is the ongoing updates and enhancements to the .tel that answered the needs of directories, such as better Google snippets, redirections, image ads, and so on."

Paul agrees. "I am a database administrator and web developer by trade. In the past, before .tel, I used .mobi to create a wine directory. So I speak from experience when I say that with the .tel it is so much more logical to develop, easier to understand and, more importantly, gives an excellent finished product available instantly on all platforms."

Whilst these three directories are very different, all have met with positive reactions, even though all are in early commercial development.

"Naturally, all is being closely monitored via Google Analytics, and the results are already promising."

Paul Sindell, Director, Anjou Formation

Paul charges for listings in his directory, however he adds: "I do offer free listings to people who send me wine. Every job has its perks!"

His directory has received a positive response from paying customers. "Most wine-makers think it is great. This included the syndicate themselves. When speaking with the wine-makers, I always keep in mind that my trade is I.T. while theirs is making wine."

Promotion and marketing is obviously key, as is the commercial model. With MaVille, initially free listings have been offered to businesses in a limited number of areas whilst the company invested in marketing for those businesses.

Richard acknowledges the success of this approach: "Let's put it this way. We have done our own advertising in the businesses doors with our sticker and I can tell you something, the big directories, and I mean 'big' directories, have an eye on MaVille."

"They are sending reps to try and keep up with us by sticking their own stickers next to ours and asking the owners who we are and who owns it. Although they put their stickers up, MaVille is one hundred times better and easier to use."

Once proven, MaVille will start advertising and charging for additional information. "When we have completed Montreal, we will be starting a media blitz and if companies want to pay a small fee they will be able to publish their open close hours, menus, logos and so on. We are heading for Quebec next and Paris after that, but the rest is still a big secret!"

Talfen has just come back from engaging with potential customers at a wedding trade fair, as Talfen has a complete directory of wedding services. Elie states, "We started introducing Talfen to businesses few months ago and more businesses are starting to like the idea and the technology once they explore its functionality. We use Google Analytics to track the unique visitors and page views, and this has become a convincing factor to businesses to trust Talfen. It is worth noting that the numbers of unique visitors has increased by almost 20% between quarter 3 and quarter 4 of 2011. Our goal in 2012 is to cover more business categories and provide unique opportunities for businesses to reach end users."

As for Paul, his next appellation will be Chablis but he too has big plans. "I see as being "the" reference on great French wines. In short, .tel all the way to the core! Naturally, all is being closely monitored via Google Analytics, and the results are already promising. The advantage of using a .tel for this kind of project is that it is ideally suited to building an online directory and is at the same time instantly available on all platforms, whether fixed or mobile."

Many thanks to all the participants in this article, as well as to all of those who send us their .tel stories for the website, the newsletter and

.tel: a wedding photographer's perspective

My name is Jean-Luc Benazet, I am a Frenchman based in Cambridge, England and I am a wedding photographer!

Being discoverable online is the most important thing in any business. If nobody knows you exist, it's only word-of-mouth that gets you jobs. If, on top of that, your business is visible on the Web and accessible via a website, and if you market yourself well, then the sky is the limit.

I have a website, a blog, a mobile number, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Tumblr and Klout accounts. I have several domain names. Other bloggers talk about my work and link to me. And I have a .tel domain. I mostly use Twitter and Facebook on top of my website.

I managed to secure the "" domain. As I'm a wedding photographer, it's fantastic! I am the only guy in the world with that address. And because it acts like a directory, I have all the info my clients need to find me but also to see for themselves what my work is about as I can customise the site by linking to some of my blog posts or create specific pages to give people information on specific items I offer.

My .tel domain is brilliant because my main speciality keywords are in the URL itself. My domain is my job. My domain is what people key in Google to find me. It's great! My .tel domain has now started to appear in searches in Google Local. I have also started to add customers reviews at the bottom of each .tel page, and those reviews come up in searches for that speciality. It amazes me everyday.

I have recently printed business cards where I printed just my name, phone number and "" below! And people respond really well to that.

.tel is nothing like a website. It is more like a directory where you can find a treasure of information about a particular person or a company.

If the page is well managed, and you are inventive enough to make it look the part, then your customers will use your page to find you. Having a .tel domain is one of the best tools available out there to get your business found, seen and localised. Google picks it up in searches and it is up to you to make it content rich enough to be an eye-catcher for your visitors.

lunes, 5 de marzo de 2012

Ideas ¿Correo seguros en los dominios .tel?

ANOTHER REVOLUTION: Secure e-mails in combination with .tel / TelFriends
If you send e-mails from your company e-mail address or from the common providers like AOL, Google Mail, Hotmail or Yahoo, usually you don't use encryption.
That means your e-mails are unprotected, easy to read by third parties and easy to be falsified.
Yearly BILLIONS of personal e-mails (I'm not exaggerating!) from internet users are read by secret services, authorities, hackers, system administrators, cyber criminals, rubbernecks and other unauthorized computer specialists!

This is only possible because internet users hate encryption software, because it is far too complicated and too uncomfortable for John Doe.

A current available alternative is HushMail with some disadvantages:
• It is neither popular nor widespread accepted.
• More or less it is a closed system.
• The user has to pay a yearly fee of at least US $ 34.99. That is too much since the common internet users are using e-mails AND encryption for free.
• If you want to use the mailbox for free, you have storage of only 25 MB. That is far too less in comparison to common e-mail providers.

But HushMail offers a great idea by sending e-mails to people who do not use HushMail – and the e-mails are still encrypted:

I don't believe HushMail will become mainstream, because they haven't accomplished this target within the last decade. (HushMail was founded in 1999 and still it isn't popular.)

But I like the concept of the link above. Can you imagine combining this with your TelFriends login?
(Surely TelFriends needs to be more advanced in the future!)
I'm yearning for a scenario like the following:
1.) Telnic starts a partnership with one of the big e-mail providers (like Google Mail or Hotmail).
2.) The user marks a created e-mail as confidential before sending.
3.) The receiver can open the e-mail only if he is logged in with TelFriends and connected with it to the sender.

In that case .tel could not only have potential for a name dialing solution, but also for providing a standard for secure e-mail communication for the very first time in the history of the internet!

OAuth was a great idea to implement into the .tel project.
E-Mail encryption could be even more important in the future!

sábado, 3 de marzo de 2012

Vision de los dominios .tel

Vision about the future use of TelFriends
If .tel should ever become a success, the following scenario would be possible:

With TelFriends or a similar, advanced tool you can delegate access to all companies you are in touch with, like:
  • Financial institutions
  • Supplier of electric energy
  • Telephone providers
  • Sports clubs
  • Online sellers
  • All your memberships
  • And so on

You will have always an overview who knows your (private) contact data and can easily cancel the data access for every company, authority or agency.

Requirement for this would be .tel will become a generally accepted and widespread technical solution.

Perhaps one day companies won't ask you about your phone number or address anymore. They just want to know your .tel - and they collect your data via your domain / TelFriends.
Your partners would be very happy because they don't need to input your data manually and won't bother about updates (because the data would be always up-to-date by automatic interfaces)!

Furthermore you can use your .tel for:
  • An automatic infilling of internet forms without saving your private data in your browser
  • An automatic infilling of e-mail addresses in your e-mail program
  • Many other things

This is just a brief idea to see how .tel could potentially change the way to communicate!

If people would use .tel like phone numbers and / or e-mail addresses, everybody would like to have one .tel domain.
Our Vision

One of the unique features of .tel Domain is its design, in tandem with TF, that provides a "Private View" data channel to a selected group(s)in a secured environment.
We all know about this. And also aware the difficult process to get a "Private View" data across to an end user (who may not be a tel domain owner).

The present process requires the Viewer (end user) to be a member of TelFriends, and approved by a tel Owner, in order to read "Private View" data.

Our simple vision for TF in brief as follows:

Based on case studies involving TELcp users, we want to skip the Viewer's (end user's) registration at TelFriends, and replace it by .tel Owner himself/herself creating a "Slave/Dummy" account(s) under the main TelFriends account of .tel Owner. These "slave/dummy" account(s) will have no powers to change its own credentials or parent credentials. Therefore, this "Slave/Dummy" account(s) will allow an individual or a selected group(s) only to read "Private View" data.

This way when a .tel Owner has posted a certain record (say a "Note") for "Private View", all he/she has to do is to inform the selected audience by giving the respective "Slave/Dummy" credentials.

A .tel Owner may create more than one "Slave/Dummy" account depending on the number of records and selected target group(s) and delete/change accordingly. Thus, selecting the target group(s) for a particular record (a "Note" to announce something in this case) whenever a new "Private View" data is posted.

This method could be used by
a) A Trader to announce different discounts for products to selected group(s) by posting a "Note".
b) Anyone to pass a message to a selected group
c) Protect private phone numbers and email addresses
d) Stockbrokers to announce updates etc

In order to support many .tel Owners who use third party tools, suggest additional OPERATIONs be introduced to the current TelHosting Client SOAP API for

a) reading TelFriend requests
b) approving TelFriend requests and creating friends in single operation
c) add friends to group AND
d) delete friends from group.

The combination of above items 1 & 2 will no doubt make the .tel a very powerful "single point of contact" for communication.