jmccormac - 2:08 pm on Jul 2, 2011 (gmt 0)
From what I remember, comScore is a US operation. Its figures outside of those sites that it tracks and outside of the US seem to be estimates. Part of the work I do is TLD surveys. The state of a TLD is more than its number of registered domains. In terms of development and usage, TLDs can be very different. Whereas .com has 95.77 million domains registered, it would be very lucky to have an actively developed percentage of 20%. A survey of approximately 493K .co websites showed 12.56% of the surveyed websites potentially actively developed. 49.08% were parked on PPC and 15.55% were holding pages.
While the article has a few interesting points, it is very much a hammer solution: if all you've got is a hammer then everything is a nail. And since it excludes countries other than the US, then all you've got is a particular sort of nail. However the problem for such simplistic articles is that the web is complex. The web is complex in ways that most can't even imagine. Thousands of new websites are launched each day and thousands are deleted. Others are developed and others again are left derelict. But all this activity, the lifecycle of the web, goes unnoticed except when that site you were looking for no longer exists.