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    New gTLDs AP Reports It's Still King .com
    posted by michael on Tuesday September 18 2001, @04:12PM

    Associate Press's Anick Jesdanun reports that people aren't exactly lining up in droves to register those hot new .info domain names. Seems the folks he spoke to still prefer .com names; and thanks to the recession prices for .com names are dropping.

    I imagine the folks at the new open gTLDs are livid at the delays imposed by ICANN's slow negotiations of the contracts, which caused them to launch in a tech recession rather than at the tail end of the tech boom.

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    Re: AP Reports It's Still King .com
    by dtobias (dan@tobias.name) on Tuesday September 18 2001, @04:58PM (#2371)
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    Those articles are asking the wrong people... they go to people with existing sites that already have domain names, and are being actively promoted at their current address, and ask the owner if they want to change the address to some new TLD. You can expect that they'll almost always get a "no" answer in such cases, as the site owner would see a new domain as either irrelevant ("I've already got a perfectly good address for this site... what do I need a new one for?") or a nuisance if they think they have to register in the new TLDs too to "protect their name".

    A better group to ask would be those who don't have a domain name yet but might want one... everyone from mom-and-pop businesses to hobbyists -- they're the ones who have new opportunities due to the new TLDs. But most of them don't even know they want a domain name yet; they'll come along gradually over the next few years.
    Incidentally, if you actually try going to the Kodiak Island site referenced in the article, you'll find that the .com address is merely an entry page leading to the true address of the site -- shown in large letters in its logo -- which is a .net address!
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    Re: AP Reports It's Still King .com
    by challenge on Wednesday September 19 2001, @05:32AM (#2378)
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    If it wasn't for speculators, there wouldn't have been a market for new gTLDs...

    Most of those companies rushing to claim TMs, whether true or dubious are doing so out of a fear from the "speculators"..

    The days of "Niche" gTLDs are gone, ICANN has bungled this one so badly that it would probably take another decade for the possibility of a successful introduction of a new gTLD..

    Of the new ones, ".name" and ".info" will probably have the widest acceptance by the mere fact that both can (could have been) formidable "category killers". .name would usher the age of personal web identity and .info should have caused a serious dent in the "search engine" arena..

    As for .biz, .pro, .aero, .museum etc.. these will become wallflowers, niche extensions destined for the garbage bin that holds:
    and to some degree ".net" and even ".web" if it ever happens.

    The only other valuable extension I can think of would be one that caters to a different access mode (i.e. wireless or mobile). I'm not sure if ICANN has any proposals on the table but a ".m" might actually go somewhere (no pun intended)..
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