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New TLDs are coming, and despite all of their critics, myself included, there are some who believe they're a good thing.
Take, for instance, Alexa Raad, whose company Architelos provides "new TLD consulting and management services". She thinks critics of the new TLDs simply don't get it.
With ICANN set to allow the expansion of the pool of gTLDs, you can be sure that many marketers will be hearing, and thinking a lot about, domain names in the near future.
But are domain names becoming less important? Ev Williams, who started Blogger and co-founded Twitter, thinks so.
Will future generations look at June 19, 2011 as one of the most important dates in the internet's history? They just might.
That's because yesterday, Internet Corporation For Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the body which governs the internet's domain name system, voted to allow the creation of new generic top-level domains.
Move over .com, .net and .org. Soon, you may see everything from .aardvark to .zyxt.
In the not-too-distant future, .com, .net and the handful of other well-known gTLDs (Generic Top-Level Domains) may be sharing the spotlight with a whole lot of new ones.
That's because ICANN, the organization which runs the domain name system, is widely expect to move forward with its plans to loosen up the system, allowing just about any organization with the resources to apply for its own gTLD.
The internet changed on Wednesday in a big way for countries whose official languages are not based on Latin characters.
The Internet Corporation For Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) flipped the switch on the first internationalized domain name (IDN) country-code top level domains (ccTLDs). In Non-Geek, that means that individuals in countries like Egypt and Saudi Arabia will not be restricted to ccTLDs like .eg and .sa.
ICANN, the private, non-profit governing body that oversees, amongst other things, the domain name system, is mulling a plan that would accelerate the introduction of hundreds of new top-level domains (TLDs).
Under the plan, companies and organizations wanting to run their own TLD may be able to express interest in doing so as early as the middle of this year.
Everybody knows about cybersquatters; those dreaded 'entrepreneurs' who register domain names related to brand names and trademarks that they have no rights to.
ICANN, the organization that oversees the domain name system, provides a dispute mechanism by which trademark owners can dispute a domain name registration and win back domains that infringe upon their rights.