Msg#: 4071831 posted 3:02 pm on Feb 1, 2010 (gmt 0)
Search engines are highly unlikely to discriminate by gTLD and their employees have said in the past that they do not.
If you think about it there are far more ways to test whether a site is worth indexing. The object of a search engine is to provide best possible sites for their users.
If an engine disadvantaged all sites within a TLD simply because of the TLD that would be a pretty poor algorithm.
.info has the advantage where people are looking for information about a subject as "widgets info" will make up part of the searches for "widgets" especially in highly competitive areas which have sites with lots of hard sells.
For a developed site bleed (loss to other sites from people "remembering" the wrong address) is minimal. Bleed tends to occur within a TLD i.e. if your site is bluewidgets.info people with "remember" the site as "widgets.info" rather than "bluewidgets.com". If you are still worried about the ".com", brand on the site with the TLD rather than just the site name i.e "bluewidgets.info" rather than "bluewidgets"