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    Re: AP Reports It's Still King .com
    by challenge on Wednesday September 19 2001, @05:32AM (#2378)
    User #3020 Info
    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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    Re: AP Reports It's Still King .com
    by dtobias (dan@tobias.name) on Wednesday September 19 2001, @07:02AM (#2379)
    User #2967 Info | http://domains.dan.info/
    I'm not sure your "indictment" of "niche domains" is fair. So far, .name, .museum, and .aero have been pretty much free of controversy and major problems in their launches. They also haven't made that much of a splash either, true, but they can't be called "screwups"... yet... The truly bungled new TLDs are .info and .biz, with some problems developing with .pro and .coop, but it isn't fair to tar all the new TLDs by the same brush. The remaining ones might well have peaceful, uneventful rollouts.
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