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The Future of Domain Extensions

Labeled as discuss in Domain Extensions started by PoorKing, Sep 17, 2018.

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  1. PoorKing

    PoorKing Established Member

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    Interesting post shared by @TOP gTLD - '... Overview of stats - how the domain realm changed in a decade.'
    Found the following para relevant to this discussion.

     
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  2. PoorKing

    PoorKing Established Member

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    The idea of starting this discussion was to identify the logical reasons that could lead to devaluation of .COM. Also, to identify other extensions that are good bet for investment.
     
  3. Bob Hawkes

    Bob Hawkes formerly MetBob NameTalent VIP

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    "The Internet has always been first and foremost about self-expression, and the dawn of this era of hundreds of new domains marks one of the most unpredictable moments in the history of a highly unpredictable medium."

    "Today's new domains are infinitely more open-ended. There will be new homes for creativity, for business, for explorers, comedians and professionals."
    - Google (admittedly not impartial to new extension success)

    from: https://www.registry.google/
     
  4. ecalc

    ecalc Top Member VIP ★★★★★★★★★★

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    The primary threat to dot com value isn't other extensions, it's the next global financial crisis like the 2001 bubble or 2008 credit crunch. When that happens, human nature won't change, people will run for the hills when they could load up on discounted p/e blue chip assets. One benefit of such a crisis is an ocean of toxic waste (loans, businesses, domains) disappears.
     
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  5. Kate

    Kate Domainosaurus Rex VIP ★★★★★★★★★★

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    And yet no mention of ccTLDs.
    'nuff said.
     
  6. Bob Hawkes

    Bob Hawkes formerly MetBob NameTalent VIP

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    In my mind ngTLDs will have only minor impact on valuations of com. I think ngTLDs and some general purpose country codes will find niches to grow in, but they will largely be in new ways to use domain names (such as domain name phrases) or with users that already shun com (such as some NGOs and segments of the artistic communities). I think net will feel more pressure.

    Quite frankly it is hard to predict extensions that will do well. Registries that can build confidence and interest will do better. If I ran a registry I would appoint a board with strong representation from related professions, get signature respected organizations on board, commit to long term stable renewal pricing, premium is for initial sale only, have educational pricing. But I run no registry!
     
  7. Viet

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    Of course .com is the general standard.

    .app serves its purposes but isn't as beautiful as .com. Rarely that therr is an extension that is as broad, generic, easy to say, and easy to the eyes to read as .com

    .ai, .co, .io are ccTLDs, they also serve their purposes but would never outmatch gTLDs.
     
  8. Corey

    Corey ZAZU.com.au Gold Account VIP ★★★★★★★★★★

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    I love ccTLD's

    I have .com.au, net.au, cc, mp, cx, in & re.

    Cheers
    Corey
     
  9. Grego85

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    I believe the whole "This extension has to be for this" will go away. Just like you cant generalize people, you cant generalize extensions.

    For example..

    How many companies have a brand name that ends with "solutions" or "services" or "direct" or a bunch of other existing ngtld extensions? A BUNCH of them. You dont need to be any specific type of business to nescesarily use a particular extension. The only requirement is that you want to more efficiently build a brand name. A brand with no filler like .net or .org at the end, extensions that dont actually really mean anything. (any meaning they were supposed to have were abandoned back at the beginning, due to a lack of overall choice in extensions)

    The only thing currently stopping that new found efficiency is a lack of familiarity. A lack of familiarity isnt any reason to ignore moving forward, not for innovators. Innovators are the ones that make money. Just like McDonalds innovating the speed system in a time of diners. Their learning curve seemed impossible at first, but you know how that ended up. How many diners are left now?

    If my business name is brand solutions, the best possible name is brand.solutions. But a sh*t ton of other brands would also be doing well to use .solutions, not just a branding company.
     
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  10. jmcc

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    Even .COM has competition with ccTLDs at a local level.

    Not really. There's a lot of promotion for this ccTLD but there's also a .APP new gTLD for apps. And it does seem to be gaining some registrations.

    Again, this is a ccTLD with low visibility. Amazon also has a .BOT new gTLD.

    The future of gTLDs is a complex topic even for those with the data.

    Regards...jmcc
     
  11. viniproject09

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    I believe it will change with the generation. What new generation will prefer . But for the existing generation .com will be the king. You have to analyze how our young generation reacting to internet. They are more towards apps and artificial intelligence.
     
  12. equity78

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    He actually did, he mentioned .ai and .io both cctlds.
     
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  14. MapleDots

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    Correct but the more controlled ccTLD's where you need to do commerce in the country of origin are true ccTLD's whereas the .co .io and .ai are a bit watered down.
     
  15. equity78

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    Yeah I'm up to speed on cctlds, I think this member was more focused on tech with the original post, sites to apps to bots. I was just having fun with Kate.
     
  16. Mister Funsky

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    The beauty to all these .com discussions/threads is that time will tell.

    Once giggle begins its decline and the replacement engine begins to gain ground and the upcoming economic upheaval (that is sure to happen in the next few years regardless of what president or party is in power) actually happens, all extensions will suffer.

    The question is what extension(s) will have the most staying power.
     
  17. equity78

    equity78 Top Member TLDInvestors.com TheDomains Staff PRO Gold Account VIP ★★★★★★★★★★

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    Doubt Google is going to lose it's grasp on search unless they decide to let go themselves
     
  18. Mister Funsky

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    They may spin it to look as though they have 'moved on' but nothing or no one stays on top forever. There are several entities working on a competing engine and I have no doubt someone will bring one forward. Recent congressional hearings should be a heads up for the giggle leaders...who knows, they may reform themselves into something better to stave off competition. I will say this much, I have invested in a couple of groups working on a different/better solution.
     

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