There is a little noticed event going on right now that will dramatically alter the way you find information on the Internet. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is in process of allowing organizations of all types to apply for their own Top Level Domain (gTLD). ICANN is the organization that is responsible for technical coordination of the domain name space on the Internet. Since the beginning, the Top Level Domain has primarily been .com with .biz, .edu, etc. added later.
Now companies can own the word right of the dot. For example, www.xo.com now becomes www.xo. This will allow XO to own every word that is left of the dot xo. We can now see www.dia.xo, www.ethernet.xo or even www.ericpoints.xo. The possibilities are endless and nobody else can claim a word left of the dot xo. In other words, adios cyber squatters.
ICANN’s move to allow organizations to apply for a gTLD is going to open up a whole new world of marketing and branding on the Internet. It will directly impact how people look-up and search for items on the Internet. Search engines are already trying to figure out how to incorporate the new gTLDs into their search algorithms and will probably return the gTLD as the top search item before anything else.
- The new system will produce 4 types of gTLDs:
- Brand specific names
- Generic names such as .hotel, .buy, etc.
- Geo specific names such as .lasvegas
- International domains using characters other than the Latin alphabet
There will be confusion with this change. People will have to get used to just typing a brand name after the www instead of adding .com. Eventually, the simplicity of just typing brand and generic names will relegate dotcom to the dustbin of history. ICANN’s move to open up the gTLD space is a great decision for all of us.
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