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August 5, 2005.WS Top Level Domain Names Benefit Nation

Born in Samoa in 2000 and now reaching out to the world, Website.WS is the brainchild of Alan Ezeir and Michael Starr in association with the tiny Island nation of Samoa. In November 2000, less than nine months after launching .WS to the global Internet community, GDI announced it had sold over 100,000 .WS registrations to customers such as Yahoo!, Intel, Cisco, Dell Computers, and other companies and individuals in more than 180 countries.

The island nation of Samoa is part of a group of islands and islets in the south-central Pacific Ocean about 1,600 miles (2,600 km) northeast of New Zealand. It is completely separate and independent of its U.S. cousin, American Samoa. Its form of government consists of a Prime Minister, parliament and, as head-of-state, a King. The country's primary exports range from coconut cream and beer, to automotive wiring-harnesses and cigarettes.

Now, with the power of the Internet, a business association has not only secured another means of income for a small Island Nation, but is taking a product around the world for everyone who wants to have a website labeled a ''website''.

Michael Starr, GDI's Co-Founder and CEO describes the reaction of the Samoan people, "They originally wanted to wait to see just how well we performed. They proposed that, as a test, our company had to produce 15,000 registrations in just three years. We did that in the first month. The Nation of Samoa now receives a percentage of all .WS domain sales that GDI generates, and is delighted with our success. Our company is proud of a freshly minted, unprecedented, 12-year exclusive international agreement to distribute .WS worldwide."

GDI is a "Top 50" Inc. 500 Listed Company.

GDI offers the global solution to registering Internet addresses with the .ws ''website'' top-level domain extension for business and personal websites. The company is committed to offering an easy and affordable solution to registering useful and memorable Internet addresses. Registrants of .WS ''website'' domains include individuals, small businesses and major corporations throughout the world in over 180 countries and include such notable companies as Yahoo, Intel, Cisco Systems Inc. and AT&T.

"It is exciting and gratifying to be included in Inc 500 magazine's extremely prestigious ranking," continued Michael Starr. "It shows the spectacular results that may be achieved through focus and teamwork. Earning the number 37 spot out of the 500 fastest growing companies in the USA is a fantastic achievement for us."

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