Monday, November 12, 2018

A .BRAND new gTLD Round in October 2019?

I just attended the IGF ICANN Open Forum from 12 November 2018 in Paris. I was "intrigued" by a publication that I read on CircleId a few months ago and wanted to ask the ICANN Board the question myself.

A new gTLD service provider proposed the ICANN an indicative application period for .BRAND new gTLDs starting 1 October 2019 and ending 12 January 2020.

That's early, but if such date is suggested, I strongly believe that it is feasible. So I asked the ICANN Board the question, and Avri Doria answered me.

Friday, November 9, 2018

UPDATE: the Automotive new gTLD business is exciting

I recently updated the Automotive new gTLD report for the month of October/November 2018 and I am excited to note that:
  • There are 60 new gTLDs dedicated to the automotive industry.
  • Lots of Trademarks have applied for their own string and major luxury car manufacturers have created their .BRAND new gTLD:
    • Lamborghini;
    • Bentley;
    • Jaguar;
    • Bugatti;
    • Lexus;
    • Maserati;
    • Ferrari.
  • Surprisingly, some Trademarks are missing: Porsche, Tesla, Mercedez-Benz, Peugeot, and Renault (and probably a few others) but I would not be surprise that they submit their .BRAND new gTLD application in the future.
  • 38 "known" car Trademarks have applied for their .BRAND
  • 5 of Car Trademarks new gTLD applications were withdrawn.
  • After 6 years in limbo, it is still unknown if the .RAM new gTLD will ever see the day.
  • Some Car trademarks register a lot of domain names:
    • AUDI created 1,386 domain names ending in ".audi" for its personal use;
    • MINI created 653;
    • SEAT created 651;
    • LAMBORGHINI created 200;
    • And BMW created 117 domain names.
  • Tires: 1,144 domain names ending in ".tires" have been created!
  • Lots of domain names from automotive businesses are being registered at the moment in the .BEST domain name extension (they cost less than $10 per year until January 2019 at some accredited registrars).
  • Unless I missed something, Volkswagen is the only Trademark to have created an IDN: it's the .大众汽车 and its stands for Volkswagen in Chinese.
  • Update: there seems to be a limited interest in generic TLDs offering a plural AND a singular version of the extension:
    • .AUTO (423 domain name registrations in total) and .AUTOS new gTLDs (62 registrations);
    • .CAR (362 registrations) and .CARS (321 registrations) new gTLDs.
  • The new gTLD with the highest number of domain name registered is one dedicated to selling domains to the general public: the .TAXI new gTLD and it has 6,263 domain names created.
Read the full report.

Monday, November 5, 2018

The .ING new gTLD is a crazy idea

Please see no offence in that Title because this new gTLD could be an innovation.

Reading the newsletter from Corporate Registrar CSC, I noted that the .INC new gTLD is about launch (in January 2019, the 16th). For the note, the .INC Top-Level Domain "the definitive domain ending for business".

Not alone
There are many TLDs for the business and I listed them in the new gTLD report dedicated to Companies, but another interesting thing to me is that the TLD is similar to two others: the .INK (for writers to tattooists, to print shops), and the .ING new gTLDs also exist.The .IN country code Top-Level Domain (for India) is a pretty close one too. I wrote the list of similar Top-Level Domains here for those interested.

The .ING new gTLD is a surprise
First I thought that the .ING was the .BRAND new gTLD from the same Bank: you know..."ING", but it's not. It is an extension created by Google and its description is rather surprising. The application explaining the project says:
The proposed gTLD will provide the marketplace with direct association to the term, ʺing,ʺ a common suffix utilized to denote the gerund form of a verb (singing, sleeping). The mission of this gTLD, .ing, is to provide a dedicated domain space in which registrants can enact second-level domains that provide content related to the registrantsʹ usage of the term ʺing.ʺ Charleston Road Registry expects these uses may include but are not limited to offering content that is centralized around a second-level domain name, such as sail.ing or cook.ing.
What a strange idea to develop a new Top-Level Domain. I admit innovation here and I also see the possibility to shorten domain names more. Now...will that work and catch the attention of the public?

Friday, November 2, 2018

The Real Estate new gTLD business is average

I just finished the update of the Real Estate new gTLD report and noticed a few things:

  • Real Estate Trademarks are not present in this business and very few applied for their personalized .BRAND new gTLD.
  • Only Fresenius uses its domain names ending in ".fresenius", with 40 domain names registered in October 2018.
  • The .REALTOR grows in number and is the highest in this category in terms of domain name registered with a total of 45,566 this month.
  • All new gTLDs dedicated to Real Estate, but the .REALESTATE new gTLD, have lost registrations - at least once - since January from a month to the other. Note that it does not mean that their registrations have decreased since then (I excluded TLDs with less than 100 domains registered for this calculation).
  • 7 of these Top-Level Domains have less domain names registered in October 2018 than what they had in January : this is a bad sign to me.
  • One TLD had more than 55,000 registrations in January, it now has a little more than 2,000 (...)
  • Would I buy a .MAISON domain name if I sold houses in French: an innovative business model should be invented just for this TLD ;-)
  • The .LOFT and .MLS new gTLDs stick to one single domain name registration but were delegated in August and April 2016.
  • I just noticed that none of the .HOME applications (11 of them) passed and were either withdrawn or not approved so I'll definitely change them to "withdrawn" in the monthly report.
  • There are more .VILLAS than there are .HOMES domain names (...)
Check the full report here.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Another reason to register "jean.best"

I went to my registrar and tried to register my first name for my blog but unfortunately, my name is short and it appears that I won't be reach enough. The .BEST Registry is launching a promotion and I just grabbed jean.best for €9 instead of more than €93,000.00 for the same name ending in ".blog".

It cost me €9 to register jean.best at https://www.dynadot.com


This is a promotion so I registered for 2 years. Later I explain why ;-)

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