interesting find, I haven't heard of it and it looks new, or at least this time around. If you go back to the comments on your article, you will see most people doubt this will take off. I think I have to agree.
Has anyone ever used this service and can tell me how this works? Whats the difference between wnrp:// and http://?
HTTP is the web protocol to serve up webpages (the WWW part of the Internet). There are many Internet protocols. Some of the other ones that are less known are ftp (file transfer protocol) nntp (newsgroups). This wiki article explains more of them
FTP URL example (these would go in the browser bar):ftp://ftp.funet.fi/pub/standards/RFC/rfc959.txt
Gopher (very old, outdated protocol that predated search engines)
So it seems to me that someone invented another WWW protocol so you could play with new variations of domains and URLs. I think there is nothing wrong with this, it is just an alternative WWW protocol like HTTP, whether or not people will use it unknown (I don't think it will catch on, but who knows). For several years now, people do not have to type http:// in their browser to pull up a website, they simply type: yahoo.com or www.yahoo.com. I do remember way back in the Netscape days, circa 1996 or so, one had to type the entire protocol to get to a website: example: http://www.yahoo.com
The person behind WNRP even has a twitter page to advertise which he only started in February 2009:http://twitter.com/wnrp
Basically you would install a plug in in your browser in order to use this (WNRP). Many average users do not install plugins into their browsers, so with that in mind, I think it has very little chance of taking off except among people who are clever with computers.
Taken from: http://we.bnam.es/faqs#wnrp
What is WNRP?
The WebNameResolutionProtocol wnrp is the protocol behind all WebNames. It allows you to use and access wnrp:// addresses.
Funny thing is, the domain:, we.bnam.es is taken from .es which is Spain's TLD (top level domain). He is using a subdomain from bnam.es. I tried finding the WHOIS on that, but it would not show up for me.