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  • ICANN delays new top level domain application timeline again

    1. BY - Apr 16, 2012
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    TAS won’t open up tomorrow, and that means the application deadline may be extended again.

    Time keeps on slipping, slipping, slipping…

    ICANN announced this afternoon that it will not reopen the TLD application system (TAS) tomorrow as planned. It thinks it has “fixed the glitch”. But before it reopens TAS it wants to perform more testing and inform all applicants who may have been affected by the bug.

    [Any applicants or consultants who may be aware of effected parties, please drop me a note.}

    The extended deadline for applications was to be on Friday. But with TAS not opening up again as planned, I suspect ICANN will push that date back as well.

8 Comments
  • That's A Nice says:

    April 16, 2012 at 9:39 pm

    Yeah, like ICANN hasn’t already found enough suckers they need to extend the period to get some more.

    Are people really lining up to piss away their money? Aint it apparent at this point that the new domains, like the dodo bird, just aint going to fly? Hey, I hear that .coop is on sale. Any takers? (snicker, snicker). Same chip, different dip.

  • Well, believe what you will, there is substantial belief that the new TLDs will be a success model. Not all of them, maybe not even most of them, but overall, the project will change the internet for the better.

    With the strong prevalence of negative comments, I am starting to suspect there is an agenda at work here that wants to see them fail…

    • @ Volker – I think you have a point. A lot of domainers are scared of new TLDs, so it’s a natural reaction for them to say they’re all going to fail. I personally think they have nothing to be afraid of.

  • John Berryhill says:

    April 17, 2012 at 9:41 am

    “With the strong prevalence of negative comments, I am starting to suspect there is an agenda at work here that wants to see them fail…”

    Domainers tend to fall into two camps – (1) those that believe new TLDs dilute the value of domain names in existing TLDs, and (2) those who believe that sites in new TLDs increase traffic to the corresponding sites in .com.

    Both camps have a limited definition of TLD “success” as “can I make money in the secondary market for it”.

    What fascinates me are the ones who simultaneously believe new TLDs are going to “fail” (by some unstated definition) and who are viscerally opposed to the process. A rational actor in a competitive environment should want to see competitors waste money on failure.

    Personally, I’ve never been opposed to people having the opportunity to fail. Without that, no one has the opportunity to succeed either, by whatever their definition of success happens to be.

  • Good points and I think both can be true. i.e. traffic to corresponding strings-dot-com will definitely increase as people will not be able to stop themselves from entering .com at the end of whatever url they’re entering. But that’s only on a few names, let’s say on the order of 1,000 taking out .brands and .geos. It’s also reasonable to guess that new gTLDs will dilute the value of existing ones.

  • John Berryhill says:

    April 17, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    “It’s also reasonable to guess that new gTLDs will dilute the value of existing ones.”

    To some extent. There still seems to be a preference for “800” toll-free telephone numbers over “888” ones. You never know what people will latch onto for “prestige”.

    What gets missed in all of this is that if you “Ray King’s Hat Shop” and are happy with being able to register raykings.hats, then I call that a success.

  • Yes, it’s like Fifth avenue real estate becoming more valuable as the city expands outwards from the center. The (800) analogy is really good too.

    And I agree with your definition of success — and how did you know I’m going into the hat business?!!!

  • FarmerJohn says:

    April 17, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    Go on, take the money and run…

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