Expansion of New Top Level Domains Would Go Better At A Slower Pace

The new domain suffixes, particularly the longer ones, may cause a failure in any link in the chain of operating systems, mail servers, routers, mail service providers, security software, and other components that makes up the pathways through the Internet

As contributed by Roger Kay  on Forbes.

So, I’ve already said it once this year: more than 12 months after the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) opened up the Web domain space to a potentially infinite number of new names, the greatest expansion has been in confusion.

Once upon a time there were only 22 generic top-level domains (sometimes called gTLDs, Internet domains, Web domains, or just domains ) with type suffixes like .com, .net, .mil, and .gov, and geographic suffixes like .uk, .ru, and .jp.

Now there are close to 500 — with potentially 900 more to come in the next few months.

After an initial flurry of apparent enthusiasm — a certain amount of defensive purchasing of adjacent name spaces (e.g., Apple AAPL -2.61% nailing down .mac, Amazon.com AMZN -0.81% snagging .book, and Johnson & Johnson JNJ -1.59% grabbing .baby), a large number of speculative buys of random handles like .tattoo, .bike, .attorney, .bingo, .broker, .lol, and .pizza, and a few successes oriented toward a specific geography (e.g., .london) or professional association (e.g., .realtor) — new registrations have slowed to a trickle. Read more