New gTLDs

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.