Michael Cyger, the founder of DNAcademy, hosted his second “Quarantine Social”, an hour-long chat hosted on Zoom. The chat attracted over fifty people, but if you weren’t able to make it, there’s a recording of the chat in the DNAcademy blog. I think it’s a superb community initiative that helps connect investors at a potentially difficult time. Michael is hosting a third chat on Zoom, on Friday 27th March 2020 at 2 PM Pacific time. Here are this week’s Top Topics. I Sold DIY.tv for $32,500 We’re starting off this week with a domain sale. This avid .TV investor has posted some incredible sales numbers in the past including the $125,000 sale of USA.tv. This week, the investor has revealed their second-highest .TV sale to date, beating their previous second-best, Furniture.tv. The domain, DIY.tv, sold for $32,500 to a currently unknown buyer. The obvious acronym, DIY, is used by many eCommerce and media outlets. In fact, DIY.com is operated by the British DIY chain, B&Q. According to NameBio, the sale of DIY.tv is the sixth-highest .TV domain sale of the past five years, and the highest .TV sale of 2020 by far. Congrats on a great sale! Topic by: @donnied79 Is It Immoral to Sell Coronavirus Domains? The news, and indeed the majority of our lives, has been completely overwhelmed by the coronavirus pandemic. The uncertainty, the panic, and the strain on resources have been palpable. As with most major trends and global events, thousands of coronavirus related domains have been registered. Whilst some of these registrations will go on to be destinations for people to get news and information about covid-19, the vast majority will be put up for sale. Is registering domain names with the clear intention of profiting from a global crisis an immoral act? That is the question that is being debated here. There are some domain owners who are defending their registrations, whilst many investors have condemned the practice. Topic by: @frostify What Makes a Domain Valuable in 2020? Ten to fifteen years ago, a domain’s value may have been highly influenced by factors such as the traffic it received, its cost per click ad revenue, and its monthly parking income. Today, however, valuation takes on a completely different scope. Since domain parking revenue, for example, is not something that is usually taken into consideration in 2020, and the definition of a valuable domain may have shifted slightly in the past decade, what exactly makes a domain valuable in 2020? Topic by: @Gube I Sold a Domain for $24,500 This is the second five-figure sale highlighted through Top Topics this week, but it’s noteworthy thanks in part to the backstory and the explanation of the domainer’s strategy. The name, mentioned in the discussion, is a two-word .COM domain that the investor acquired in 2016 for just $19.47, representing a return on investment of over 125,000%. The sale comes after the investor decided to switch their strategy, selling fewer names but for higher prices. Congrats on the sale! Topic by: @NameBuyer.com Where Is the Outrage About the EARN-IT Act? Thanks largely to the justifiable focus on the coronavirus pandemic, there are some major news stories that have slipped under the radar. One relevant story that hasn’t received much coverage is the proposal of the EARN-IT act. The bill, created by Senator Lindsey Graham’s Judiciary committee, is essentially a play to end encryption. It’s a terrifying concept that needs to be fought. Topic by: @Rob Monster Top Topics of the Week is a blog series featuring the most popular discussions and content within the domain community. Tune in weekly to see what’s trending.