To be totally honest, I do not really understand the rush to register that many new domain extensions. You may have heard previously that companies and organizations with deep enough pockets were allowed to submit new gTLD (generic Top Level Domains) applications. Basically any company or organization qualifying could submit an application for a new top level domain that they wanted to gain control over. In the end, 1931 applications were recorded of which many were for the same extensions.
The most sought after top level domain extensions were app, home and inc with eleven companies each submitting their application for them, followed by many other popular terms such as art, baby or blog. You could now say that top level extensions with three or four characters might make sense for some companies and organizations; the bulk of applications however uses more characters. Think about top level domains like basketball, frontdoor or yellowpages for instance, which could lead to urls growing in size. Would you prefer to go to www.nba.com, or to www.nba.basketball?
You also find some strange domain extensions in the listing like bananarepublic, horse, or pamperedchef. I personally can't see myself visiting a website linked to any of those new extensions. What I do not understand is why companies seem so intent to register these new extensions. It may make sense for some as I said earlier, but the longer ones? Or companies that register multiple domain extensions?
According to the ICANN, the new gTLDS were introduced to "increase competition and choice" , and while it is certainly true that we may see an increase in popular domain names with different extension as a result of this new landrush, I fail to see the relevancy of those new extensions.
And even if it makes sense from a business perspective, one would still need to build trust and convince users to visit those domains on new top level domain extensions.
What's your take on the new gTLD landrush? If you could and had the funds, would you apply for a new gTLD? If so, which would it be and why?
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