The World continues to change.
As I found myself in Ireland, clearly blowing past the Independence Day celebrations and any signs of fireworks only to find myself in a large pub on July 5th with all the staff and most of the patrons celebrating Christmas, complete with Hats, a Christmas Tree and plenty Santa outfits.
Yes it was the Christmas in July party and the place was rocking to the live music.
In this case it was a rather good cover band who performed everything from Classic rock to hip hop, but not one sign of any ‘Irish” music.
Not only the traditional Irish music as you would expect to hear in any pub in Ireland but not even a Song from Bono.
So as I watched the room of filled with red and white, listening to the lead singer tell me “the summer of 69 was the best days of his life” when clearly he wasn’t born until at least the summer of 89, well times they are a changing.
The band is named Clockworks & their banner hanging behind them had a Facebook & YouTube banner as well as there domain name which they used Clickworkstheband.com
In a few years they maybe will be able to use Clockworks.music or Clockworks.irish or Clockworks.band.
Yes the world is changing the domain name world is not immune.
We all know what we have coming down the pike which is 500-1,000 extensions in the next few years that will give more choices to the consumer for domain registrations.
Maybe some of those new extension will even allow free registrations.
We know that the biggest search engine in the world applied for over 100 of these new gTLD’s including over 90 generics, so anyone wondering if Google will rank the new gTLD’s basically has their answer.
Over the next days we are going to look at what all of this could mean for domain investors, domain holders, and the domain industry as a whole.
Could we Verisign pass on some rate increases it is entitled to under its new and endless contract, or even see .com registration and renewal rates rolled back as new competition cuts into registrations?
Will registrants drop incumbent TLD’s and ccTLD’s domain registrations and will investors have a chance to acquire some great dropping domains, maybe not seen since the dot com bubble?
There are a ton of angles and considerations and we plan on covering them over the next week.