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This article might be of interest to you from the site usability.gov which states that using the prefix www. would be a good visual indicator that its a website for users. To quote the article Use the full domain name with the "www," however, on all publicity because it clearly identifies the name as a Web site. We found that without including "www" ...


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Just write the entire URL. You are writing only part of it and assuming the user can fill in the missing parts. However, they may not be able to because it does not have recognizable parts such as “.com.” Your full Web URL is this: http://example.pizza/ … and your full mail URL is this: mailto:order@example.pizza … and those are both totally ...


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I was researching this exact subject just a couple of months ago. (Our domain is also 16 letters.) We decided to go with the long-form URL because we have a well-established brand using the full domain name. We'll use a shorter version only in contexts where people will likely be manually entering the URL on a phone (at in-person events like fundraisers, ...


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You pointed out the cons: users are not familiar with it, therefore they don't trust it. they may have difficulties remembering the string "xyz". For example, they may type yoursite.zyx. On the other hand .com is much more easier to remember due to its popularity. Positives: you can get one word domains like hosting.xyz for cheap, as opposed to .com ....


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That is a unicode character, many, but not all of which are allowed in URLs. 🌐 is U+1F310 They could also have put 🌎U+1F30E 🌍U+1F30D 🌏U+1F30F or any other unicode character in their URLs. Lots of detail here: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/2742852/unicode-characters-in-urls


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I think that the @ is a perfect way to visually demonstrate referencing a person (instead of linking to a profile.) It's pretty ubiquitous on the web now and instantly recognizable as a "mention" (facebook also employs the @ to notify a user that they're being mentioned) Are you trying to notify the person that you are talking about them or are you trying ...



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