Two Chinese IDN domain names have 50,000 registrations after first partial day of general availibility.
[Note: TLD Registry provided registration numbers this morning that later turned out to include registry reserved domain names. The initial numbers were about twice the updated ones in this story.]
The Chinese IDN new TLD .在线, which means “online” in Chinese, had
54,011 33,012 domain names under management as of this afternoon, according to TLD Registry. The domain name launched this morning at 9am EDT
That makes it the most successful new top level domain launch day so far. It also places it among the top four in total registrations to date, coming in ahead of other domain names that launched months ago.
Dot Chinese Website (.中文网), also launched by TLD Registry today, had
38,838 17,537 registrations. That places it comfortably in the top 10.
TLD Registry struck a deal with the Chinese government to buy about 20,000 domain names across the two TLDs, which ensured it would come out of the gate strong.