List of future TLDs
June 13, 2012 6:00 AM   Subscribe

Here's a list of new top-level domains that will soon compete with .com and other TLDs (previously).
posted by Foci for Analysis (110 comments total) 11 users marked this as a favorite

 
I personally am looking forward to www.kittens.accenture and www.hp.ibm
posted by petrilli at 6:01 AM on June 13, 2012 [3 favorites]


I was thinking the other day that printer manufacturers should all be put on the .matrix TLD.
posted by DU at 6:01 AM on June 13, 2012 [23 favorites]


smh if you don't immediately register your name dot africamagic
posted by Greg Nog at 6:02 AM on June 13, 2012 [5 favorites]


Here comes the greatest Internet landgrab in history
posted by Foci for Analysis at 6:03 AM on June 13, 2012 [1 favorite]


All that and no one asked for www?

www.www.www

sigh.

or heck, numbers!

.123
posted by tilde at 6:03 AM on June 13, 2012 [2 favorites]


I was really hoping that someone would register .cdn so we could whitelist the entire tld instead of thiscdn.net or thatcdn.com. Probably a security nightmare if not heavily supervised.
posted by Foci for Analysis at 6:08 AM on June 13, 2012 [1 favorite]


Still no clownpenis.fart? Get with the times, internet.
posted by uncleozzy at 6:08 AM on June 13, 2012 [21 favorites]


not nearly enough of these are suitable as parts of wor.ds
posted by fightorflight at 6:09 AM on June 13, 2012 [2 favorites]


I am not surprised to see so many people applying for LTD, CPA, LLP, LLC and such. How will conflicts be resolved?
posted by Theta States at 6:10 AM on June 13, 2012


Amazon with just 79 applications - at $185000 each.
posted by Hobo at 6:11 AM on June 13, 2012 [1 favorite]


or heck, numbers!

Can a New gTLD name contain numbers or dashes?

The ASCII label for a new gTLD name must consist entirely of letters (alphabetic characters a-z)
posted by Hobo at 6:12 AM on June 13, 2012


And I realy wish there was a character limit for the top level domains. Long ones are just so... unsexy.
.SANDVIKCOROMANT, .SCHOLARSHIPS?
posted by Theta States at 6:14 AM on June 13, 2012


Visit us at Metafilter.ALLFINANZBERATUNG
posted by griphus at 6:17 AM on June 13, 2012 [6 favorites]


This is going to be every bit the clusterfuck I thought it would be.
posted by kjs3 at 6:18 AM on June 13, 2012 [5 favorites]


The longest TLDs requested, each 14+ characters...
AFAMILYCOMPANY
AMERICANFAMILY
BANANAREPUBLIC
CANCERRESEARCH
COOKINGCHANNEL
WEATHERCHANNEL
AMERICANEXPRESS
KERRYLOGISITICS
KERRYPROPERTIES
SANDVIKCOROMANT
ALLFINANZBERATER
vermögensberater
ALLFINANZBERATUNG
vermögensberatung
NORTHLANDINSURANCE
NORTHWESTERNMUTUAL
TRAVELERSINSURANCE



The most sought after TLDs, with 7-13 people requesting it...
APP
ART
BLOG
BOOK
CLOUD
DESIGN
HOME
HOTEL
INC
LLC
LOVE
LTD
MAIL
MOVIE
MUSIC
NEWS
SHOP
STORE
WEB
posted by Theta States at 6:18 AM on June 13, 2012 [3 favorites]


DNS is done. Everyone uses search - google specifically - to find sites not easily remembered. This will cause users to distrust DNS - if they enter "antivirus" into their URL bar, and it takes them every time to Symantec instead of MacAffee, they're going to "learn" to stop using the URL bar in favor of search and bookmark tools like google and pinterest.

The TLD "landgrab" is an attack on the internet, seeking to compromise integrity by undermining DNS. The internet is already routing around the damage. I wouldn't be surprised at all if Chrome and Firefox declined to acknowledge the expanded TLD range to protect their users from big-money cybersquatters.
posted by Slap*Happy at 6:19 AM on June 13, 2012 [21 favorites]


As far as I can tell these have been applied for, not awarded.
posted by PenDevil at 6:20 AM on June 13, 2012 [2 favorites]


Excellent. Looks like EWEST is still open. #countrysunshine
posted by (Arsenio) Hall and (Warren) Oates at 6:23 AM on June 13, 2012


What a bunch of dumb.
posted by odinsdream at 6:24 AM on June 13, 2012 [2 favorites]


Welcome to null.dev, the black hole of the internet. What would you like to forget today?
posted by sydnius at 6:27 AM on June 13, 2012 [3 favorites]


The longest TLDs requested, each 14+ characters...
AFAMILYCOMPANY
AMERICANFAMILY
BANANAREPUBLIC
CANCERRESEARCH
COOKINGCHANNEL
WEATHERCHANNEL
AMERICANEXPRESS
KERRYLOGISITICS
KERRYPROPERTIES
SANDVIKCOROMANT
ALLFINANZBERATER
vermögensberater
ALLFINANZBERATUNG
vermögensberatung
NORTHLANDINSURANCE
NORTHWESTERNMUTUAL
TRAVELERSINSURANCE


Nobody's bid on RETARDEDFUCKWITS yet?
posted by PeterMcDermott at 6:32 AM on June 13, 2012


"We're at this point where the dot-com name space -- the entire name space -- is exhausted."

Is that anywhere close to true?
posted by Reasonably Everything Happens at 6:33 AM on June 13, 2012


The TLD "landgrab" is an attack on the internet, seeking to compromise integrity by undermining DNS.

It would certainly seem to have that effect Slap*Happy, but isn't it also sort of superfluous? The British with their crafty ".co.uk" and various related themes are already well-down this path.
posted by three blind mice at 6:34 AM on June 13, 2012


Is the WWW turning into AOL keywords?
posted by inigo2 at 6:35 AM on June 13, 2012 [5 favorites]


I wouldn't be surprised at all if Chrome and Firefox declined to acknowledge the expanded TLD range to protect their users from big-money cybersquatters.

... or at least make customizable filters for new TLDs.

Anyone besides me finding that Google search results are sucking these days, anyway? The first 20 seem filled with bogus aggregators or portals, who somehow have the search query baked into the page, WITHOUT relevant results.

Time for semantic tagging of results, with user feedback.
posted by Artful Codger at 6:37 AM on June 13, 2012 [6 favorites]


KERRYLOGISITICS

Heh.
posted by zamboni at 6:40 AM on June 13, 2012 [2 favorites]


.PORN is one of them, unsurprisingly. But no .VIAGRA? What is the world coming to?
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 6:42 AM on June 13, 2012


Is the WWW turning into AOL keywords?

Enter our contest to meet Ben Stiller and Cameron Diaz at Prizes.THERESSOMETHINGABOUTMARY.
posted by griphus at 6:44 AM on June 13, 2012


.scam would be helpful.
posted by mazola at 6:51 AM on June 13, 2012 [1 favorite]


iwantmorelife.FLICKR
posted by Strange Interlude at 6:52 AM on June 13, 2012 [10 favorites]


lol.butts

butts.lol

This is literally all I want from life.
posted by elizardbits at 6:53 AM on June 13, 2012 [18 favorites]


Anyone besides me finding that Google search results are sucking these days, anyway? The first 20 seem filled with bogus aggregators or portals, who somehow have the search query baked into the page, WITHOUT relevant results.

It's the cat-and-mouse game. Every now and again, the SEO scammers get the upper hand. Google then fiddles with the secret sauce recipe, permabans some people from its ad network, and things are nice for a few months again. We're in one of the low points - also, for whatever reason, they're weighting online merchants very heavily, over general purpose sites. It's been very frustrating looking up various obscure garden tools - four or five pages of places selling the tool, and then one result with an article on how to use it properly.

Still, it beats the pants off of entering "gardentool" and being dumped into Home Depot's page every time.
posted by Slap*Happy at 6:54 AM on June 13, 2012 [2 favorites]


"We're at this point where the dot-com name space -- the entire name space -- is exhausted."

Is that anywhere close to true?


Yes and no.

Alphanumeric combinations are obviously a huge namespace, and domains can be pretty long. Type fifteen random characters and you're virtually guaranteed to find an available domain.

On the other hand, try any dictionary word, or any sensible combination of short dictionary words, or even any generally pronounceable string of letters less than about eight characters, and you're going to come up empty-handed almost every time.
posted by 256 at 6:55 AM on June 13, 2012 [2 favorites]


How many new memberships and ad impressions would it take for mathowie to be able to ask for .FILTER ?
posted by ladygypsy at 6:56 AM on June 13, 2012 [1 favorite]


Adding to the mess is that certain countries (like France) allow registration right under their country TLD, while some don't. Which is why you have yahoo.fr and yahoo.co.uk.
posted by PenDevil at 6:56 AM on June 13, 2012


Metafilter.ibarelyknower?
posted by xedrik at 7:10 AM on June 13, 2012 [4 favorites]


Disappointed that clownpenis.fart remains fictional.
posted by zippy at 7:13 AM on June 13, 2012


It's a good thing that telecommunication is all a big joke or I might be worried about something at some point
posted by This, of course, alludes to you at 7:14 AM on June 13, 2012


Catholicism only gets a domain in Russian: .католик
posted by Obscure Reference at 7:17 AM on June 13, 2012


Arbitrary TLDs: because .aero and .travel have worked so well.

There's both a ".GOOG" and ".GOOGLE", registered by Google. And a ".SANDVIK" and ".SANDVIKCORMORANT". And ".SEX" and ".SEXY". Perfectly rational for companies to buy this stuff up, but how is this kind of thing helping the Internet?

I'm with Slap*Happy's comment; DNS is done. Domain names have long since been replaced by search engines as the way we find things online, but now that domain names themselves are meaningless they'll be completely ignored.
posted by Nelson at 7:17 AM on June 13, 2012


here's something else I've wondered: what are the legalities of what search engines can and cannot do with their results? Can Google blacklist someone for any reason without recourse?
posted by This, of course, alludes to you at 7:23 AM on June 13, 2012


Well, there goes the neighborhood.
posted by Catblack at 7:26 AM on June 13, 2012


DNS is done. Everyone uses search - google specifically - to find sites not easily remembered.

DNS and domain names are used for far more than just browsing. Explain to me how you want [username]@gmail.com to work by search?
posted by spaceman_spiff at 7:26 AM on June 13, 2012 [4 favorites]


WWW.BARRYGOOD.BIZ
posted by mippy at 7:26 AM on June 13, 2012


DNS is done

Most members of my family, given a url, navigate to it by typing it into Google.
posted by Segundus at 7:27 AM on June 13, 2012 [3 favorites]


metafilter.beans
posted by item at 7:35 AM on June 13, 2012


Explain to me how you want [username]@gmail.com to work by search?

You click on their icon in your chat program, click the "send mail" button in their facebook or linkedin page... or just memail them.

In case you didn't notice - email's on the ropes, too.
posted by Slap*Happy at 7:36 AM on June 13, 2012 [2 favorites]


I think I'm going to just set my local DNS to blackhole the new TLDs. They seem like they're almost certainly going to be magnets for malware and spam, due to the ease of impersonating legitimate high-profile domains.
posted by Kadin2048 at 7:39 AM on June 13, 2012 [2 favorites]


The ubiquitous use of .com for just about everything has long been a warning sign of the mess that top level domain use was in. Redirects, url shortening, and cutesy uses for obscure country codes can be tossed in that pile too.
posted by Stagger Lee at 7:40 AM on June 13, 2012


CAT-SCAN.ALLFINANZBERATUNG is one of the strangest sites I've seen in some time. I have no idea how these people got their Umlauts wedged into their servers, or why.
posted by Smart Dalek at 7:41 AM on June 13, 2012 [6 favorites]


The internet turned into a shopping mall, and now I can't find the exits, and all of my friends are refusing to leave the food court.
posted by Stagger Lee at 7:41 AM on June 13, 2012 [9 favorites]


We've moved! My personal blog has a new home at http://weedlordbonerhitler.jpmorganchase
posted by ecmendenhall at 7:41 AM on June 13, 2012 [5 favorites]


I wonder what proportion of the population is going to add .com anyway to what looks like a domain name that's missing a TLD.
posted by one more dead town's last parade at 7:47 AM on June 13, 2012 [4 favorites]


Weird, I don't see my request for .DOTDOTDOTTHELASTTHREEDOTSARETHEWORDDOTSLASHNOTHEWORDSLASHNOTANACTUALSLASH
posted by EndsOfInvention at 7:48 AM on June 13, 2012 [4 favorites]


How many new memberships and ad impressions would it take for mathowie to be able to ask for .FILTER ?

$185,000 / $5 = 37,000 new members.
posted by Theta States at 7:51 AM on June 13, 2012


prisencolinensinainciusol.OLLRAIGTH
posted by one more dead town's last parade at 7:52 AM on June 13, 2012 [10 favorites]


"You click on their icon in your chat program, click the "send mail" button in their facebook or linkedin page... or just memail them.

In case you didn't notice - email's on the ropes, too."


I...what?

I guess I certainly didn't notice. "@gmail.com" probably accounts for 45% of the email I receive. "@hotmail.com" for about 5%. Another 49.999% goes to other various domains. And MeMail, Facebook messages, LinkedIn, or other SNS-based messaging? Maybe one message per month. Maybe.

Where is email "on the ropes"? Just high-school kids?
posted by Bugbread at 7:53 AM on June 13, 2012 [1 favorite]


There's a distinct lack of .facebook in the list. The most popular destination and most popular search term doesn't give a flip about domains.

And there's also an ironic 13 applications for .app in the list. The 'appification' of the web means that for many mobile users (which are fast becoming the majority), the gateway to the internet is an appstore, not a browser.
posted by rh at 7:53 AM on June 13, 2012


All that and no one asked for www?

www.www.www


I think it'd be more fun to get .dot or .dotdot or something, in the vein of slashdot or this.

www.wdoubleutwoyousuuwdotnottheperiod.dotdot
www.dotwww.wwwdot.dot

or at least www.ellipsis.dotdot
posted by hypersloth at 7:58 AM on June 13, 2012 [1 favorite]


Argh, EndsOfInvention beat me to it, and eponysterically at that.
posted by hypersloth at 8:00 AM on June 13, 2012 [1 favorite]


How many new memberships and ad impressions would it take for mathowie to be able to ask for .FILTER ?

$185,000 / $5 = 37,000 new members.


Perhaps it would be cheaper to petition the Eritrean government to allow him to register metafilt.er?
posted by rh at 8:07 AM on June 13, 2012 [1 favorite]


We're at this point where the dot-com name space -- the entire name space -- is exhausted.

Because every tiny little project needs a .com for some reason. I noted this in a movie theater back in the 90s. Why "matrix.com" instead of "warnerbros.com/matrix"? Because stupid. The one joke about the finger pointing to your mouse pointer? Does that need a whole domain name?

Tragedy of the commons.
posted by DU at 8:18 AM on June 13, 2012 [1 favorite]


www.www.www

A while back I realized it was possible to register domain names with non-alphanumeric characters, and I bought www.ʬʬʬ.com (that's two w's stacked, times three). The "ʬ" or double-w character is called "latin letter bilabial percussive" and is used to represent an "audible lip smack" in the International Phonetic Alphabet. The ʬʬʬ.com URL will resolve in your browser as www.xn--5paaa.com (punycode), which is a security feature.

I haven't decided what to do with it yet, so it just redirects to my website.
posted by oulipian at 8:21 AM on June 13, 2012 [18 favorites]


sydnius: "Welcome to null.dev, the black hole of the internet. What would you like to forget today?"

the last 10 years of the internet please.
posted by symbioid at 8:21 AM on June 13, 2012


actually the entire last 10 years totally, not just the internet. make that... umm... 12 years.
posted by symbioid at 8:21 AM on June 13, 2012


I like that .ARMY is there because we can now see things like navy.army and start some real fights.
posted by Clinging to the Wreckage at 8:21 AM on June 13, 2012 [2 favorites]


I liked the internet back when it was just rec.arts.tv.startrek, rec.arts.tv.mst3k and alt.binaries.pictures.DAMMIT IF THE DOOR IS CLOSED IT MEANS DON'T COME IN
posted by griphus at 8:29 AM on June 13, 2012 [3 favorites]


I'm really interested in how many domains list Daniel Schindler as the contact. TLD's aren't cheap. Who is he administering them for or did he buy them all himself? They're also very focused in the financial industry. There's a story there for an enterprising reporter. I'm dying to know what it is.
posted by stoneweaver at 8:31 AM on June 13, 2012 [1 favorite]


WWW.MITTROMNEY.AMERCIA
posted by chavenet at 8:31 AM on June 13, 2012 [6 favorites]


... and I bought www.ʬʬʬ.com...

Hmm... I wonder if it's worth taking out a second mortgage so I can buy "see no evil dot hear no evil dot speak no evil": 🙈.🙉.🙊
posted by rh at 8:34 AM on June 13, 2012 [1 favorite]




I'm really interested in how many domains list Daniel Schindler as the contact.


Ah. That would be Schindler's List.

Thenkew.
posted by Artful Codger at 8:38 AM on June 13, 2012 [7 favorites]


I'm really interested in how many domains list Daniel Schindler as the contact. TLD's aren't cheap. Who is he administering them for or did he buy them all himself?

Did you already try looking for information at daniel.schindler?
posted by rh at 8:40 AM on June 13, 2012


I used to own, I think ■■■■.net. However, I let it lapse, and now I think domain names like that are unregisterable. Save that stacked-w domain, it might be worth something someday.
posted by sixohsix at 8:40 AM on June 13, 2012 [1 favorite]


Oh, wait, my bad, he's at daniel.schindler1976.
posted by rh at 8:41 AM on June 13, 2012


xXDannyBoy69Xx
posted by griphus at 8:41 AM on June 13, 2012


Oh, yeah, this looks totally legit: .AIRFORCE is requested by United TLD Holdco Ltd., and their Mr. Jeffrey Eckhaus at hello@unitedtld.com.

I am quite certain that Mr. Jeffrey Eckhaus of United TLD Holdco Ltd. is an appropriate agent of one of the branches of America's armed forces, yessir!

*facepalm* Why oh why do people let stoopid money ruin everything?
posted by wenestvedt at 8:58 AM on June 13, 2012


Where is email "on the ropes"? Just high-school kids?

My mom hasn't sent me an email since she got her (Free! With Contract) iPhone last winter - it's all facebook and skype. My sister, in her late 30's, hasn't sent me an email in years - likewise.

I really don't get any email apart from business correspondance: password resets, account verification, payment notification, phishing spam, etc. Almost all interpersonal communication is through social media, or the built-in mail/chat utilities of the various online communities I'm a member of.
posted by Slap*Happy at 8:59 AM on June 13, 2012 [1 favorite]


.BABY Johnson & Johnson Services, Inc.
.BABY Top Level Domain Holdings Limited
.BABY Compact Registry Limited


.OOOOOOOHHHH
posted by robocop is bleeding at 8:59 AM on June 13, 2012 [1 favorite]


Too bad emoji domains aren't allowed anymore; we could have had a lot of fun with [PILE-OF-POO].blockbuster and the like.
posted by modernserf at 9:20 AM on June 13, 2012


www.eatmyface.com is still free. I see no need for these new TLDs.
posted by charred husk at 9:24 AM on June 13, 2012


Oh, yeah, this looks totally legit: .AIRFORCE is requested by United TLD Holdco Ltd., and their Mr. Jeffrey Eckhaus at hello@unitedtld.com.

I am quite certain that Mr. Jeffrey Eckhaus of United TLD Holdco Ltd. is an appropriate agent of one of the branches of America's armed forces, yessir!


Maybe United TLD Holdco Ltd sells fans.
posted by inigo2 at 9:27 AM on June 13, 2012


want to hang out at the arcade with me, Stagger Lee
posted by This, of course, alludes to you at 9:33 AM on June 13, 2012


also with emoji domains not allowed I am almost ready to declare not only the failure of the internet but in fact of the concept of technology itself
posted by This, of course, alludes to you at 9:34 AM on June 13, 2012


Only one request for SPACE, and three for SUCKS.

#signofthetimes
posted by lukemeister at 9:40 AM on June 13, 2012


Perhaps it would be cheaper to petition the Eritrean government to allow him to register metafilt.er?

twentydollars.sameasintown.metafilt.er
posted by lukemeister at 9:45 AM on June 13, 2012


I am quite certain that Mr. Jeffrey Eckhaus of United TLD Holdco Ltd. is an appropriate agent of one of the branches of America's armed forces, yessir!

Because no other country in the world has an airforce, army or navy (they registered for those as well, and also .gay, but not .marines).
posted by furtive at 9:53 AM on June 13, 2012


.localhost
posted by robot at 10:03 AM on June 13, 2012


I like that AOL was submitted by Ms A. OLmsted.
posted by elgilito at 10:06 AM on June 13, 2012


ACCOUNTANTS | Knob Town, LLC

Heh.
posted by Sys Rq at 10:32 AM on June 13, 2012 [1 favorite]


I wouldn't be surprised at all if Chrome and Firefox declined to acknowledge the expanded TLD range to protect their users from big-money cybersquatters.

Oh, I'm sure they'll both make room for .google, .android, .moto etc. Especially Mozilla — they know who butters their bread.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 10:56 AM on June 13, 2012 [1 favorite]


>> We're at this point where the dot-com name space -- the entire name space -- is exhausted.

> Because every tiny little project needs a .com for some reason. I noted this in a movie theater back in the 90s. Why "matrix.com" instead of "warnerbros.com/matrix"? Because stupid. The one joke about the finger pointing to your mouse pointer? Does that need a whole domain name?

Tragedy of the commons.


My experience trying to find domains for projects is that the large majority (4 out of 5?) are simply squatted, rather than used for anything at all.

I think what's going on here is not so much the tragedy of the commons as the privatization of the commons. You start with an unclaimed but rivalrous resource and set a low standard price on it. The expected result is that speculators will buy up the valuable parts to try to claim the difference between the standard price and the market price. It's not so good for society, because it takes money from people who are trying to accomplish something and gives it to people who are accomplishing precisely nothing. But we don't seem to have a good solution for that ...
posted by Honorable John at 11:02 AM on June 13, 2012 [2 favorites]


How long do you reckon it will take SEO 'consultants' to start recommending keyword TLDs?
posted by blogenstock at 11:21 AM on June 13, 2012


How long? Who but an SEO consultant could think .CREDITCARD is an awesome way to promote your business?
posted by griphus at 11:24 AM on June 13, 2012 [1 favorite]


Vatican set to control new 'catholic' Internet domain
...
When the corporation discussed the idea of expanding the number of generic top-level domains in 2009, the Vatican representative to the corporation's governmental advisory committee, Msgr. Carlo Maria Polvani, expressed concern about "the possible perils" connected with religious domain names, including the risk of "competing claims" and "bitter disputes" between individuals or institutions claiming to represent, for example, Catholics or Muslims or Buddhists.
....
The applications for Latin alphabet domain names revealed June 13 included one request for ".christmas," but no requests for ".christian." Two applicants asked for ".church," but no one asked for ".orthodox," ".lutheran" or ".anglican." Seven applicants asked for ".love," one requested ".islam," but no one requested ".jewish."...
posted by ThisIsNotMe at 11:29 AM on June 13, 2012


It's sad tha the very best outcome I can imagine is that it will suck money from opportunist clowns that would otherwise be misspent in a more directly offensive way, and will ultimately change nothing. Less sad is the fact that history suggests that that is indeed the most likely outcome.
posted by George_Spiggott at 11:36 AM on June 13, 2012


You guys should visit my new site, TotallyLegit.antivirus. Works best in IE.
posted by uncleozzy at 11:39 AM on June 13, 2012 [4 favorites]


I'm really interested in how many domains list Daniel Schindler as the contact. TLD's aren't cheap. Who is he administering them for or did he buy them all himself?

The email address is at donuts.co, which lists the team, investors and board members, including this gem:

Kevin Wilson has worked in the domain industry for over five years, with four years (2007-2011) as Chief Financial Officer for the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the organization responsible for the coordination of the Internet’s unique identifiers.

So, let me get this right: the CFO of ICANN quit his job just after ICANN authorized the gTLD program. He then joined a company that resells access these new gTLD domains.
posted by rh at 11:52 AM on June 13, 2012 [26 favorites]


Wow. Just wow. I knew there was a story hiding in there, but I didn't expect it to be that. I don't even know what to do with that.
posted by stoneweaver at 11:57 AM on June 13, 2012


I want .jesus

I could have so much fun with that.
posted by benito.strauss at 12:05 PM on June 13, 2012


Hmm. Not a lot of uptake on .prisecolinensinenciousol
posted by Mayor West at 12:06 PM on June 13, 2012


.ollraight
posted by griphus at 12:07 PM on June 13, 2012


So, let me get this right: the CFO of ICANN quit his job just after ICANN authorized the gTLD program. He then joined a company that resells access these new gTLD domains.

Has the technology press said anything about this? Has (Metafilter's Own) rh just blown the lid off of something here?
posted by Strange Interlude at 12:18 PM on June 13, 2012


Shoulda gone to FreeCreditReport.ALLFINANZBERATUNG
I would have seen this comin at me like an atom bALLFINANZBERATUNG

posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 at 12:28 PM on June 13, 2012


There is an application for Aetna.

In other news, my economic-predictions website sleeping.aetna is accepting applications.
posted by ersatz at 12:31 PM on June 13, 2012


How many new memberships and ad impressions would it take for mathowie to be able to ask for .FILTER ?

$185,000 / $5 = 37,000 new members.



Maybe not .filter, but surprisingly, .meta, .mefi and .askme are all also unclaimed. I think .meta would be best.

If an existing member wanted to make a contribution to the cause, you could sign up as "dotfilteryourcurrentusername" or "dotmetayourcurrentusername" to ensure that you could not use it as a sock puppet.

Or our Matt could form a partnership with WordPress' Mullenweg, Google's Cutts, the evil Drudge and 'WhereTheHellIs' Harding to get .matt
posted by oneswellfoop at 3:56 PM on June 13, 2012


So, let me get this right: the CFO of ICANN quit his job just after ICANN authorized the gTLD program. He then joined a company that resells access these new gTLD domains.

Has the technology press said anything about this? Has (Metafilter's Own) rh just blown the lid off of something here?


I'd be pleasantly surprised if 'the technology press' as it currently exists ever mentions it.
posted by oneswellfoop at 3:58 PM on June 13, 2012 [1 favorite]


I did a lot of research on the new GTLDs at my old job, when my company was considering buying a community or brand GTLD. The overall cost commitment is much more than $185k - we're talking MILLIONS of dollars. I don't have the numbers on hand, but in addition to the $185,000 (which ICANN is just pocketing a large portion of, despite their unconvincing breakdown of why they 'need' such a large fee) you need the entire infrastructure to basically act as your own registrar (or farm that out to a company for a hefty fee), you need escrow, undoubtedly legal counsel knowledgeable of the quirks of this area, and most significantly you MUST sign up not just to operate for one year, but TEN years (so $185k times 10 = 1.85 million dollars). The outrageously prohibitive cost even for major companies combined with the outright greed of ICANN makes me nauseous. It should be noted that all kinds of companies across the board were actively fighting this and voicing their complaints publicly every step of the way.
posted by naju at 11:26 AM on June 14, 2012 [1 favorite]


I hear what you're saying, but considering all of the shenanigans that occured with domain names that are rather cheap, I can't get too upset about it.
posted by Theta States at 12:46 PM on June 14, 2012


Softball interview with the Donuts guy from AdWeek.
posted by stoneweaver at 11:28 AM on June 15, 2012


Has the technology press said anything about this? Has (Metafilter's Own) rh just blown the lid off of something here?

The issue came up in a Hacker News discussion about the new TLDs. Someone linked to this Washington Post article from 2011 about a similar situation. So it's not totally under the radar:

“There are no ethical or contractual prohibitions on moving from ICANN to work in the industry, and, in fact, that’s what many people have done,’’ Dengate Thrush said. “Most people at ICANN are there because they’re in the industry to start with.’’
posted by oulipian at 2:38 AM on June 16, 2012


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