ICANN Reveals the New gTLDs

Call it what you want, a giant boondoggle or the greatest thing to happen to commerce since money, but the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has revealed the applications for the new generic Top-Level Domains (gTLD). These aren’t your COMs and NETs from way back in 2011, but the .COKE and .FATBABY or whatever you can conjure and afford.

There were some surprises, like the multitude of companies going after .APP does not include Apple, Inc., and Google went bonkers, applying for more than 100 new domain extensions.

google's new gtld bid

Graphic via Informationweek.com

For anyone whose like, “What?” The new gTLD came about when ICANN opened up the door to any word in all kinds of languages to live on the right of the dot. If Google gets .LOL, for example, they’ll sell it like a traditional registry, just as Verisign does COM/NET/TV.

It’s a pricey venture. ICANN will take in about $357,000,000 for the $185,000 per application. So, yes, Google has dropped a small country’s GDP applying for new gTLDs.

Now it gets exciting. With some domain extensions like .GROCERY a hot item, you’ll probably see bidding wars between the likes of Wal-mart and Safeway. Although it’s not just the big boys who get to offer input. ICANN has opened up a 60-day comment period where the public can submit comments on the newly revealed applications.

ICANN also offers these stats:

Of the 1,930 applications received:

  • 66 are geographic name applications.
  • 116 applications are for Internationalized Domain Names, or IDNs, for strings in scripts such as Arabic, Chinese, and Cyrillic.

Applications were received from 60 countries and territories, broken down by ICANN’s geographic regions;

  • 911 from North America.
  • 675 from Europe.
  • 303 are from Asia-Pacific.
  • 24 from Latin America and the Caribbean.
  • 17 from Africa.

As for Name.com, we need to wait for the domains to be approved, and then we’ll offer as many as we can get. There will be a lot that goes into this process, like an entire new infrastructure for domain registries and registrars (like us.) With that kind of excitement (read: fevered work) we’ll be keeping you posted on all the new updates as the come in.

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  • http://www.geeksvilla.com/ Emma

    I never thought about gTLDs will have long list like this. But its cool and pushing the internet into new era. All is good for geeks like me :)

    • DrCat

      Apps and mobile device use will be the real game-changers when it comes to the Internet. Mobile device users don’t surf the Internet like computer users do. So the Internet, as time passes, will become less relevant. People will still use it of course, but only the big sites with apps (like Facebook for example) will get the majority of use. Anyone registering a gTLD will hardly get any traffic at all, unless they have an app connected to it along with good content. So gTLDs are nothing to get excited about when it comes to “pushing the Internet into a new era.” There are already more than enough websites out there… do we really need millions more?

  • http://www.freeipad.tv/ Free iPad

    This is one of the biggest game changers in the history of the internet and their will be many pros and cons to this, finally domainers wont be able to buy up all the good keywords and cyber squat them because there are just too many to buy up, this may however cause alot of trademark issues as brands will have to buy up many more domains to protect their bands as well. this is really going to change the way the internet works, but whatever happens ICANN is sure to cash in on it on top of the $357,000,000 they have already made from the initial applications lol ;)

  • http://twitter.com/aliyev_us Rashid Aliyev

    Why use . (dot) and extensions, whern dot can be fully removed? :)

  • http://www.drpundir.com/ drpundir

    If you remember Fri, Apr 1, 2011  name.com offered free .beer :)

  • Subigya Nepal

    Would be expensive anyways.


  • http://twitter.com/nirajanme Nirajan Bom Malla

    this will totally change how web works these days

    • http://blog.urtechnology.com/ yash

      Yes in future we can able to easily distinguish the sites and its purpose.

      like this pen.store , music.store :)

  • sutariya

    I agree with Emma. It pushing internet in new era.

  • http://widefide.com Anil

    Can I have .anil extension please? :D

  • sudeep611

    It has released a lot but it could be better if it allows to register .ep

  • michelline toulouse

    I.LOVE it!!! I can only imagine all the extra hours on a computer getting to know all the new gTLDs :)


  • Dinesh

    no all we need is a .troll TLD. Guys would probably spend huge cash on that


  • http://www.russelladler.com/ Russell Adler

    I love this!! I have spent countless nights going through lists and lists of new domains and it’s quite exciting!!
    Russell Adler