The day of “.coke”, “.nike”, “.microsoft” or “apple.ipad” may soon arrive, since ICANN has just approved the use of generic top-level domains (gTLDs), the voting was 13 approving, 1 opposed, and 2 abstaining, which means that there’s a big interest in generic top-level domains (gTLDs) atleast in the ICANN board.
With the approval of generic top-level domains (gTLDs), anyone with $185,000 in spare cash can register their own domain like “.photo” for photos or photography, “.blog” for obvious reason blogs and for a more personal touch “yourname.yourfamilyname”, which of course can be your full name or someone else’s full name. But it won’t end there, you still need to shell-out $25,000 for the annual fee in order to maintain your domain, which of course not your average “.com” or “.net” domain which only cost about $10/year.
We may start seeing generic top-level domains (gTLDs) as early as next year and on the first year up to 1000 new generic top-level domains (gTLDs) are expected to be online and 100 to 200 will be approved annually. If you can remember last March, ICANN also approved the use “.xxx” domain for porn sites.I guess I’ll just have to wait until they lower down the fees in order for me to get my dream.domain.
Hit the source link below for more on gTLD, you might see a short video on how ICANN Board voted on generic top-level domains (gTLDs), but I must warn you this is not your usual youtube video. 🙂
Last modified: June 21, 2011