Two of the largest newspapers in the country have Front Page stories about domain names and its all about new gTLD and new ccTLD’s like .Co and .Me
Yes I know a LOT of you are getting tired of stories about new gTLD’s and .Co but this is what the mainstream press is covering and covering hard, so on to the stories
The New York Times article entitled “For Countries That Own Shorter Web Site Suffixes, Extra Cash From Abroad” talks about some of the new ccTLD’s.that always seem to be in the news, Yes .Co, and .Me.
Interesting the The article sites Facebooks recent acquisition of FB.Me but not of FB.com.
“Logging on to Facebook? You can use the social networking site’s full Web address, or you can type www.fb.me.”
The most interesting part of the story for me is about the financial relationship between the .Co registry and the Colombian government.
I know there has been a lot of interest in what the government gets out of all these .Co registrations and now we know as the article quoted Juan Calle CEO of the .Co registry:
“Colombia, for example, gets 25% of the revenue from sales of the “.co” name under its deal with .CO Internet.”
We also now know how much money is being generated by the .Co registry and its impressive:
“Last year, the company generated a total of $20 million from the sale of “.co” domains; this year, that is expected to rise to more than $30 million, Mr. Calle said.”
Finally there has been a lot of conjuncture of how many .Co registrations there will be over the next few years and today Mr. Calle made a bold prediction:
“The company predicts that the total number of “.co” registrations will rise to five million within five years.”
5 Million in 5 Years?
The Washington Post Story story entitled; “Rush is on for custom domain name suffixes”
Talked about the new gTLD program saying:
The trusty .com domain, is about to face vast new competition that will dramatically transform the Web as we know it. New Web sites, with more subject-specific, sometimes controversial suffixes, will soon populate the online galaxy, such as .eco, .love, .god, .sport, .gay or .kurd.”
“This massive expansion to the Internet’s domain name system will either make the Web more intuitive or create more cluttered, maddening experiences. No one knows yet. But with an infinite number of naming possibilities, an industry of Web wildcatters is racing to grab these potentially lucrative territories with addresses that are bound to provoke.”
The article raises some points that we have talked about before like who gets an extension like .amazon the Internet company or the country of Brazil?
What happens when several groups apply for religious extensions like .Jewish or .islam who is entitled to those
Other possible new extensions the article mentions are .sport, .lawyers.gay, aids., .hotels, .music .paris and .nyc
The article goes on talk about the “first “.nxt” conference in San Fransisco this week in which “hundreds of investors, consultants and entrepreneurs are expected tfor the first “.nxt” conference, a three-day affair featuring seminars on ICANN’s complicated application guidelines.”
(Speaking of that show, I’m heading off this morning and have another busy week full of meetings and a sessions so I’m going to apologize in advance for not jumping into the comments that are sure to follow.)