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"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.
THINK ABOUT IT...
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]
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?
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 .ä¸å›½ and its ilk, but other than that, they're all going to fail, very expensively.
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.