At the end of 1985, there were a whopping total of six domain names registered in the world. That number has expanded to 265 million names registered globally, according to Verisign's Q3 industry brief.
As the world celebrates the web's 25th anniversary, it seems fitting to acknowledge the network addresses that help us navigate through the robustness of the Internet today.
Aside from general recognition that the new gTLDs exist, the biggest hurdle we face is platform adoption. Or, better put, getting the big social platforms to recognize gTLDs as real domain extensions.
And I'm sure you can see the barrier we face—with the internet being as segmented and siloed as it is, these domain extensions don't stand a chance unless all the big platforms get on board. Site discovery hinges on social sharing, and without it, they practically don't exist. So it brings us great joy to say that just this past weekend, Twitter made the leap.
.PHOTOGRAPHY, .PHOTOS, .PHOTO—there are a number of new gTLDs related to photography, but just because something exists doesn't mean it will take off. So we put this up on Twitter hoping for some replies:
We're looking for opinionated iwantmyname users/photographers for a quick email interview. Interested? Tweet us back!
There are 499 new generic Top-Level Domains currently sitting in our list. 499—a ton of domain extensions just waiting to be discovered. But categorizing them all and breaking them into useful lists is quite a chore.
In the beginning, we simply parsed them out into categories and left it at that. For a time, it was a great way to discover new gTLDs like .SHOP and .BEER, but once the launches came though it became a mess of pre-orders and launched domains.
We may be based in New Zealand, but a large percentage of our business is done in the US. And aside from driving on the wrong side of the road and using a perplexing system for measurements and temperatures, it's a fairly seamless cultural exchange.
Another week, another set of gTLDs with launch dates, prices and current availability. Last week we saw .DIAMONDS, .TIPS, .ENTERPRISES and .VOYAGE go live, but this weeks batch of newly delegated gTLDs brings to light some intense domain name competition. Can .SUPPLY and .SUPPLIES coexist? Is the internet big enough for the two of them?
There are domain registries, and there are domain registries with ambitious founders located in the Cayman Islands. Much to the enjoyment of the likely tan staff at Uniregistry, they are in the latter.
Launched to the public in 2014, Uniregistry has seven domain extensions coming out this year, including .LINK, .GIFT (offered by Dot Gift, LLC), .GUITARS, .PICS, .PHOTO, and two that were just released yesterday—.SEXY and .TATTOO.
Unlike many of the fairly conservative gTLDs that have been released thus far, .SEXY and .TATTOO represent edgy fun, giving an alternative crowd some gTLD to latch onto. So we decided to ask Frank Schilling, Founder and Managing Director of Uniregistry, a few questions about how it's all going.
Faster than a relative of Nigerian royalty email. More powerful than a UK lottery scam. Domain scams target people in a place not many are knowledgable about—their online presence.
This latest domain scam is especially vicious because it touches on a vulnerability everyone has. With more than a hundred domain extensions available, and hundreds more being added in this latest gTLD rollout, there's no way any brand can fully protect their online name.
So when a stranger from Asia tells you they've secured your brand on an obscure Asian TLD like ".org.cn," it's only natural to be worried.