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    New gTLDs The sun doesn't revolve around .COM
    posted by DavidP on Friday August 24 2001, @01:54AM

    Anonymous writes "There's an interesting contribution to the ongoing debate about whether 'inertia' will doom the new gTLDs in an opinion piece in the Chicago Tribune."

    Responding to those who say "the new domains are doomed from the start," the author argues that businesses will adopt new alternatives that provide them a competitive edge, and that right out of the gate, the new domains will provide a wealth of new addresses. The winners will be those that seize the opportunity.

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    Re: The sun doesn't revolve around .COM
    by dtobias (dan@tobias.name) on Friday August 24 2001, @02:33AM (#1999)
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    While I support the sentiment that there's more to the domain namespace than .com, and I think that anything that pounds a clue-by-four onto the public's head to show them that the DNS is not a flat namespace with "www." and ".com" as "bookends" around it, the opinion piece referenced here is rather self-serving, being from the head of the .biz registry. And it's full of marketroid babbling, like "...the world's first and only global Internet domain created specifically to meet the high-performance needs of the business community..." and "...provides a much more stable, secure and robust business-oriented platform...". What the heck are those things supposed to mean? In what way is .biz more stable, robust, or high-performance than .com? That they intend to actually enforce the restriction on it being only for business use, keeping out all the dumb-ass noncommercial "West Podunk Little League Booster Club Sites" that have infested .com because their creators were too emptyheaded to realize they fit better in .org, might give .biz more focus, but how exactly is that supposed to help the registrant of any one name in that TLD?
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    Re: The sun doesn't revolve around .COM
    by arttworks on Friday August 24 2001, @07:01AM (#2000)
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    These new domain extensions are a Band-Aid response to a web navigation industry hemorrhaging in corruption and dysfunction. With each passing day fewer and fewer people get to a web site by TYPING a url. Actual domain names are pretty irrelevant in the linked universe of the web. What’s important is quality map makeing that gets us intended destinations regardless of its name. For more see:
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    Re: The sun doesn't revolve around .COM
    by MF_Inc on Sunday August 26 2001, @09:33AM (#2029)
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    The Chicago Tribune OPINION article marketing the .biz gTLD is a joke, in my opinion. If Mr Ganek didn't stand to gain personally from the sale of .biz registrations, I might respect his opinion.

    Quite frankly, I think .biz is superficially stupid. The new ".info" gTLD, on the other hand, seems very logical and well-chosen.

    ".com" is here to stay. Good luck shifting its cultural momentum to the new ".biz" gTLD.

    My prediction for 3 - 5 years from now? ".com" will still be the most popular and prominent gTLD and ".info" will be very popular as well. I don't expect ".biz" to be a big deal any more than .tv currently is.

    My $0.02,

    Michael Fischer

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    Re: The sun doesn't revolve around .COM
    by dtobias (dan@tobias.name) on Saturday August 25 2001, @10:54AM (#2014)
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    I think people who say that people will "always" think web addresses end in .com are thinking rather shortsightedly, and aren't very cognizant of Internet history, which has shown that things can change awfully quickly. After all, in 1994, most people regarded the Web as synonymous with the Mosaic browser; in 1996, Netscape was the "one true browser" of the Web; and now it's MSIE (for the masses, at least; I use Mozilla myself). It's anyone's guess what the dominant browser might be in 2004. Similarly, in 1994, most web addresses had .edu in them; now it's .com, but can you really confidently predict that this will always be so?

    I wonder if perhaps, of the present batch of new TLDs, .name might actually be the one that shows the public that there's more to domains than .com? After all, it's being aimed at individuals, of which there are a heck of a lot more in the world than there are companies. Once .name really gets going, there may be big heaps of those addresses out there, being used as people's email addresses as well as for websites -- mostly really cheesy personal sites, but they'll be out there. Not in Super Bowl commercials, but in emails from friends to friends.

    There's a lot of sense to having a personal domain name, so you can have an email and web address that doesn't depend on your employment, residence, or ISP. Thus, there's a huge potential market for .name.
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