The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the non-profit organization that manages the Internet (how cool is a job there?), is planning a huge expansion of new gTLDs or “generic top level domains” — AKA the “.com” or “.net” part of a website address.
Just yesterday, the group received nearly 2,000 applications for what these new domains should be called. A short list of our favorites:
– .beer (every college student will obviously buy one of these domains)
– .fun (yay!)
– .hot (heck yes)
– .love (um, Weduary.love anyone?)
– .rip (hmmm, funeral sites?)
– .sex (oh boy)
– .wedding (another one that could be amazing for Weduary users…)
– .wtf (maybe the best one on the list)
You might be wondering what happens next and when you can purchase one of these awesome new domains. The iCANN organization will be reviewing all of these applications for the rest of the year and an announcement and sale of all approved domains is due to occur in early 2013. So yes, while it’s a bummer you can’t snag www.omg.wtf or www.iamin.love today, chances are likely that there will be a race for them in just a few months.
Just in case you were wondering, yes EVERY single content category from Brit & Co. could be its own top level domain. We’re keeping our fingers crossed!