Well, those people who wanted those names for actual use may not even have shown up, because, as I think you've also pointed out, not everyone wants a name at the same time. And there wasn't a great hullabaloo about these names, either ICANN's new TLDs or open ccTLDs, becoming available outside of the usual circles. What coverage there was about the process was confusing even to many in the usual circles. And remains so. Will there be an .info LR3? What happens to the .info and .biz names warehoused by registrars? What does .cc stand for this week?.|
But assuming such folks did hear about it, and did line up, they weren't likely to be successful because of speculators and trademark holders. That is what the data appears to support, mamy of the perceived 'good' names are already gone to speculators and trademark holders. I fail to see how adding more open, undifferentiated TLDs will solve this problem unless one has so many of them that speculation at least, if not trademark concerns (and that's a given with ICANN much as I don't like it), becomes uneconomical. That would require perhaps at least 100 new TLDs per year, and that for a few years, to have an effect. Those same speculators now sitting on .com names, or .info and .tv names, that are halfways between a new, short memorable address and a 23 character .com address will simply move their knowledge, resources, and in some cases tricks of the trade, over to other perceived 'better' names in the new TLDs.
So I suppose eventually there might be a shakeout and everyone could move up a few notches, but how useful is it to have to play musical chairs and repeatedly change addresses, or have multiples? It seems to me the only way this could work is to throw it pretty much wide open all at once, a few hundred new TLDs (and even those would have inevitable trademark restrictions), and if you do that I think you do considerably increase the risk of registry failure and/or instability, which could be lessened somewhat by having a few registries in control of the names. One can guess VeriSign would be one of them. NeuLevel and Afilias too, perhaps. Somehow that doesn't sound too appealing so far. :) -g