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Progress Continues on New Generic TLDs Coming in 2010

 1:43 pm on Jun 25, 2009 (gmt 0)

Progress Continues on New Generic TLDs Coming in 2010 [pcworld.com]
"ICANN has announced that they will start taking applications in the first quarter of 2010," says Brian Cute, vice president of Afilias, which is providing back-end services to the proposed .eco domain for environmental information. "ICANN is going to be publishing a third version of its guidebook [for new gTLD applicants]so they are going to be reaching a decision relatively soon."

ICANN, which has been talking about adding new gTLDs since 2007, has issued two versions of its applicant guidebook to the Internet community for comment. A final version of the guidebook is expected by October.



 2:04 pm on Jun 25, 2009 (gmt 0)

The only sensible way forward is to
1) introduce no more suffixes (except for new countries).
2) introduce suffix-free domain names

Of course, there's much less money to made from this approach!



 2:24 pm on Jun 25, 2009 (gmt 0)

The more junk domain extensions they keep releasing makes the .com's all the more valuable. Well, the .com's and a few of the better ccTLD's.


 3:14 pm on Jun 25, 2009 (gmt 0)

My top 3 existing favorites are:

1) .museum
2) .pro
3) .aero

Lord Majestic

 3:19 pm on Jun 25, 2009 (gmt 0)

Maybe they should release .c0m and start it all over again...


 3:51 pm on Jun 25, 2009 (gmt 0)

All spam must be ".con"


 4:48 pm on Jun 25, 2009 (gmt 0)

I think environmental information is very important, but I don't see how it needs, or even could benefit from a .eco TLD. It's useless.


 5:00 pm on Jun 25, 2009 (gmt 0)

People who arent "in the know" will become confused by all these new TLDs
for example... the .museum , people will think they still need to add.com or .co.uk to the end.


 5:58 pm on Jun 25, 2009 (gmt 0)

It's all about money...


Gillette has one blade, then 2 blades, then 3 blades, now 4 blades...I don't know HOW MANY blades Gillette puts on their shavers now... They need 20 blades so you swipe your face once and your whole face is shaved...BUT peeople spend $10 on 5 blades! And people still buy they el-cheapo blades too!

Companies (ICAAN included) cannot survive (or so they think) If they just don't add new .whatevers

Yes they get residuals from renewals BUT if they can introduce a .YourAnIdiot and make 40 million from the idiots that buy it well there ya go!

I've been doing this 10 years and people still look at me funny when I say I have SuchAndSuch.US <---- the average person has no clue and YES they try to attach .com to the end of that!

On top of that most dum-dums I see go TO YAHOO.COM and type in the DOMAIN NAME into the yahoo search bar! Not knowing they can just type it in the top of their BROWSER!

BLAME AOL I guess for making people stupid from the get go so many years ago..

I swear I feel people NEED A LICENSE in order to get online! Farm it out to the DMV or something..haha. ANd you have to pass tests and such I mean IT CAN BE DANGEROUS ONLINE! Classic example look at myspace, that's what happens when everybody gets online and doesn't know what the hell they are doing!

On top of that MOST PEOPLE still think they have to put www.! The only place I know of that STILL screws this up is NetworkSolutions.com by still allowing idiot people to register a domain, setup hosting and CHOOSE to only let the WWW. work!

It goes back to INTERNET IGNORANCE! And these new .whatevers coming out are a direct result of user stupidity..

THE ONLY thing getting ANY HYPE to the masses is the .tv since FINALLY after how many years Television Networks are using them!

I STILL don't know why they don't have .web yet though? OR do they?....lol

[edited by: JStubblefield at 6:05 pm (utc) on June 25, 2009]


 6:07 pm on Jun 25, 2009 (gmt 0)

oh yeah in the spring of 2012 they should have


going by then for the clothing line and especially for all the drop shippers online scammering to sell their clothing using the USELESS ebay rover system!


 9:39 pm on Jun 25, 2009 (gmt 0)

.wallstreet should be interesting


 9:41 pm on Jun 25, 2009 (gmt 0)

My vote is for:


they might as well mark their probable use instead of their intended use ...


 11:13 pm on Jun 25, 2009 (gmt 0)

plain .adsense would take care of the last three there


 11:32 pm on Jun 25, 2009 (gmt 0)

Planning for the future, you'd want:

.com, .org, and so on [The vowels, of course, being the UTF code for Greek lower-case omicron, for more plausible phishing]


 5:34 am on Jun 26, 2009 (gmt 0)

> It's all about money...

Totally agreed.


The only extension that makes any sense is .#*$! - for adult sites - and some kind of enforcement - and redirect from existing adults .com's etc. But this is rejected year after year.

.sport? .food? - idiots.


 1:17 pm on Jun 26, 2009 (gmt 0)

Some of these new gTLDs will fail and some will succeed. The main problem for these gTLDs is not to convince domainers to buy the domains in their Sunrise and auctions but rather to convince end users to actually use and develop content in these gTLDs. I doubt that many of them will be successful. For me, it just means more gTLDs to track, more zonefile access agreements to be filled out, more harddrives to buy and more DVDs for backup.



 3:52 pm on Jun 26, 2009 (gmt 0)

All adult sites should have a .x x x! extension.


 4:48 pm on Jun 26, 2009 (gmt 0)

I agree sgietz and then ALL parents , employers, schools could BLOCK .#*$!

Anyone remember back in the day when whitehouse.com was a #*$! site?


 10:01 am on Jun 27, 2009 (gmt 0)

I STILL don't know why they don't have .web yet though? OR do they?....lol

That's actually a pretty good idea. I'd buy .web domains.


 6:45 pm on Jun 27, 2009 (gmt 0)

My opinion is that new TLDs tend to take the form of protection rackets, promoted to existing .com companies with the sentiment: "Buy this domain too or someone else will grab it and you will lose traffic / look bad etc."

On the basis of this, it seems like the most profitable new TLDs might well be:


Would you stand by and let someone else grab yourdomain.sux and yourdomain.fail?


 11:08 am on Jun 30, 2009 (gmt 0)

I hope, whatever ICANN does, it does not devalue the .com domain names as many of them have been re-sold for top dollars and nobody would like to see their investments going bust.
Would anybody guess whether .com domains would live for some more time to come?


 9:06 pm on Jul 3, 2009 (gmt 0)

Non-English languages: This is the only one that has any urgency at all. China really wants .中国 in addition to .CN, and a lot of other countries with non-Roman writing would also like localized domains. ICANN has a separate process for non-ASCII TLDs, so I'll ignore them for now.

In sum, neither of the two classic arguments for new domains, competition and directories, have worked in the past decade, and there's no reason to think they will in the future. Other than support for non-English languages, all of the other rationales strike me as wishful thinking, not business models. So I look forward to .中国 and its ilk, but other than that, they're all going to fail, very expensively.



 8:10 am on Jul 21, 2009 (gmt 0)

The only extension that makes any sense is .#*$! - for adult sites - and some kind of enforcement - and redirect from existing adults .com's etc. But this is rejected year after year.

All adult sites should have a .x x x! extension.

Personally, the . x x x extension seems even more about money than any other proposed extension. It only gives the illusion of protection and is why the company(s) who stand to make money are actually able to get people behind them ... signing petitions and donating to their campaign funds.

I've never seen so many good-intentioned people suckered in to trying to make the . x x x organisers billionaires.


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