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    Gilmore's Wrong, Edelman's Right ...
    by Anonymous on Tuesday July 02 2002, @11:37AM (#7570)
    ... about adding more TLDs.

    As a speculator, it's easy to see that most of the demand for .biz and .info is from trademark holders and speculators. In fact, there are good generic .biz names still available for $15/year. There are good geographic .US names still available.

    I don't think that the sales from hundreds or thousands of new TLDs could sustain the numerous new registries necessary to administer them properly.

    Hundreds or thousands more TLDs would surely confuse Joe Consumer, who at this point, hasn't even heard of .biz or .info.

    Registration Numbers as of July 7, 2002:
    21,207,242 .COM
    3,586,904 .NET
    2,329,305 .ORG
    866,048 .INFO
    701,686 .BIZ
    270,961 .US

    I don't even think .WEB would do very well, if ICANN said "yes" today.

    Gilmore and those who think adding dozens or hundreds of new TLDs to ICANN's root is the way to go are just not facing reality. If the IP constituency doesn't get behind a TLD, that TLD will surely fail. New.net isn't failing because only a fraction of internet users can "see" New.net names. New.net is failing because big, blueblood corporations have nothing to do with New.net names. If that trend continues, New.net will be history. It may take a while, but that's the way it will turn out.

    Likewise, if blueblood corporations don't start using their respective .biz and .info names, those TLDs will also fail. Like it or not, if speculators cannot sell at a huge profit after two or three years, the names will drop faster than shit from a tall cow's ass.
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    Without marketing...
    by isquat on Tuesday July 02 2002, @02:21PM (#7578)
    User #3363 Info | http://i.squ.at/
    Any new generic TLD will fail in the present very restricted market, if it does not spend a lot of effort and money on marketing.
    Why were there no give away campaigns of domains, e.g. as prizes for good informational sites?
    Were there adds on TV? Worldwide?
    Any coverage in main shows on TV?

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