New gTLDs

June 15th, 2012 at 10:00 am by David Farrar

ICANN has announced the details of the 1,930 applications for new gTLD strings. 1,409 unique strings have been applied for by 1,153 different organisations. Some such as .blog have as many as nine applicants for it. Ultimately they will go to an auction if the bidders cannot agree amongst themselves.

Some of the more unusual or interesting applications (considering it costs around $200,000 to apply) are:

  • .africamagic
  • .bananarepublic
  • .blackfriday
  • .cashbackbonus
  • .chloe
  • .dotafrica
  • .fyi
  • .ira
  • .ketchup
  • .kiwi
  • .love
  • .now
  • .porn
  • .republican
  • .rip
  • .rsvp
  • .sex
  • .silk
  • .transformers
  • .vip
  • .you
  • .zero

There is still a long way to go before these will appear in the DNS. Governments and others can object to various strings. estimates it will take 9 – 20 months for an application to be approved and delegated into the DNS.

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9 Responses to “New gTLDs”

  1. thedavincimode (6,531 comments) says:

    Is .m_baiter up for grabs?

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  2. Richard29 (377 comments) says:

    I can imagine .kiwi domains being almost as popular as .co.nz

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  3. anonymouse (695 comments) says:

    Well I see that the collapse of the Spanish economy did not stop Barcelona city shelling out to apply for .BARCELONA

    Talk about waving your arms about when you are hanging on by your fingertips….

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  4. cows4me (248 comments) says:

    $200,000, sounds like buying carbon credits isn’t the only con doing the rounds.

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  5. SteveO (76 comments) says:

    I’m impressed by the 304 TLDs that Daniel Schindler has applied for and hope that the 60.8 million dollars he has forked out gives him a return of at least one TLD. Perhaps .sports where he cleverly avoided the crowd going for .sport or .sucks (the best named TLD I found) where he is up against two other parasites.

    I also notice there were more applications for .soccer than for .football, that there is no sign of .facebook or .my anything and that both Google and Microsoft have applied for multiple domains but that Microsoft get bonus points because the email address of their principal contact, Ms Cynthia Ruth Kern, describes her as a “TLD Dom”.

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  6. SteveO (76 comments) says:

    Oh, and there is .kiwi and .blog but not .kiwiblog. Short of a bit of pocket money this week, David?

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  7. David Farrar (1,855 comments) says:

    SteveO: Who needs http://www.kiwiblog when I’ll be able to get http://www.kiwi.blog or http://www.blog.kiwi :-)

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  8. thor42 (914 comments) says:

    How about “.corruptUN” or “.UNsucks”? Or “.leftiessuck”?

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  9. Grant Michael McKenna (1,156 comments) says:

    Banana Republic is a clothing brand owned by The Gap; they have also applied for their other brands.

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