In a post by NetworkWorld.com they disagree with Forbes Assessment that there aren’t enough good .com domains available.
We wrote about the Forbes.com story a week ago which highlighted .me domains.
In today’s post NetworkWorld.com writes:
“”This article in Forbes contends that all of the .coms, or at least those of reasonable length, are used up. The article also contends that the best solution to the perceived lack of .com global top-level domain names (GTLD) is to use a .me extension, which got me thinking of ICANN’s announcement back in June that it had received almost 2,000 requests for generic TLDs for categories such as .hotel, .web and .blog.””
“As much as this seems like a good idea, I really think these alternate top-level domain names will remain an augmentation to what companies are already using or registered for very niche offerings. ”
“The thought behind the expansion of the GTLDs from the traditional .com, .net, .etc, and all of the country codes is that companies or groups of companies would use these. For example, Ford Motors might choose to have URLs such as car.ford or truck.ford, or perhaps the group might choose to use a naming convention such as ford.cars and gm.cars, something that might make accessing these sites more intuitive.”
“However, I think the practical reality is that almost all companies will want the .com version too, since that’s so engrained in our society that even if Ford were to buy these they would still maintain ford.com. I just can’t see any company out there not wanting a .com and perhaps even a .net version of their URL. Imagine if a company chose not to use some form of a .com name? It would open them up to fraudsters using that name for nefarious acts.”
“So, does this new world of GTLDs really provide viable options for companies? Absolutely.”
“But that doesn’t mean .coms are going away. ”
“Any organization looking to create a public presence on the Internet can use one of these alternates as an augmentation to their web presence, but the company should still have a viable .com.”
“So, while the Forbes article is interesting, it’s simply not realistic. It may be a bit more work to find a .com today than it was 10 years ago, but there are plenty of .coms left.”
You can read the whole article here