New domain names coming!

Fri 15 June 2012 10:30, Tamara Yadvichuk

New domain names coming!

The organization in charge of top-level domains such as .com and .org on Wednesday revealed a list of new domain name extensions they are currently reviewing. The list includes domains such as .pizza, .moscow, .dog, .fail, .sex and .lol

ICANN, a US-based body responsible for assigning domain names, published a list of 1,930 new top-level domains, or TLDs, requested by numerous organizations throughout the world. The companies, among them Google, Amazon, Microsoft and Apple, had to submit their applications during the four-month period specified by ICANN and pay a fee of €150,000 ($185,000). Now the requests are under review.

Today the list of available top-level domains contains only 22 generic TLDs, such as .com, .org or .net, and about 250 country-specific domains, such as .nl or .ru, but thanks to the new program the picture is going to change within the next couple of years.

The most popular domain turned out to be .app – it was requested by 13 companies, including Google and Amazon. Among other names with multiple requests were .book, .art and .baby. Yandex and Baidu – search engines from Russia and China – both applied for a top-level domain with their brand name; Vatican requested .catholic, and one company from Turkey applied for .islam.

“The internet is about to change, forever” – said the president of ICANN Rod Beckstrom at a press conference. Only last week I wrote about the implementation of a new IP address system which will allow trillions of devices to connect to the web. But while new IP addresses may be invisible to most users, global changes in the domain name system will considerably alter the way the internet looks today. So, prepare yourselves for the changes and enjoy the video!

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