ICANN have finally released the list of New gTLD strings that have been applied for. It was a great announcement and the whole world has been buzzing with conversation about the big reveal. #ICANN was trending worldwide on Twitter around the time of the announcement and in the hours afterwards. This is without doubt the biggest shake up in the history of the Domain Name System. I’m so excited to see how the applications progress and ultimately to register these new domain names!
It’s great to see that people are getting excited about this huge step in Internet development. Coverage from lots of major news agencies means that the public are beginning to learn more and more about the process and getting more and more excited about the prospect of all these new TLDs.
Let’s highlight a few of the really interesting strings:
- .app – Where better to start than with the most contested string of all! 13 applicants made a move for .app and you can see why. We love that “apps” are finally making their way in to the cloud and on to our browsers. In my humble opinion, we will all soon be using web apps to do everything we currently do offline. This influx of web apps is going to need categorising. The .app TLD seems like a great way to do it!
- .blog – Being an avid blogger myself this is one of the most exciting TLDs as far as I’m concerned. The number of blogs is growing exponentially and it would be great to see some of these blogs be given their own part of the Internet. I think bloggers will appreciate being allowed to use these domain names and it really will help define the blogosphere.
- .kids – This TLD has been applied for by 2 companies. We’re hoping that this TLD gets put to great use. We all know that security of children online is important. Would a restricted registration of domain names like .kids help parents identify ‘safe’ sites for their children to browse? I believe so! This is undoubtedly where the public will be able to see the potential of using these TLDs, provided it is done in the right way and properly controlled.
- .sucks – This string has caused quite a bit of controversy! Many are saying it is simply a haven for squatters that want to bad mouth a brand. We suspect that ICANN will see the risk of squatting as too difficult to overlook and block the application.
All in all we can’t deny we are very excited. It’s going to be very interesting to see what happens as time goes on and these applications develop into something more substantial. How are they going to be run? Will they be public or private? Which TLDs will be the most successful? Exciting times ahead in the domain registration industry and as always Domainmonster.com will be at the forefront of the industry, making any New TLDs available to you as soon as we can! Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Google+ to keep up with all the latest developments.