ICANN plans to open up generic top level domains next year. Currently, there are only 22 top level domains such as: .com, .net, .org, .gov, .edu, .info, etc. Of course, this list does not include the individual domains for each country such as .uk, .ru, .ch, .mx, and .be to name just a few.
With the new generic top level domain, companies should be able to register their own brand TLDs, promote their products, and foster innovation. We will probably see some pretty awkward looking TLDs sometime next year that resembles more of the following: .apple, .intel, .dell, .ibm, etc.
Somehow, this doesn’t just seem like a valid URL. http://imac.apple
I think it will take some getting used to, seeing all the different odd-looking TLDs in the near future. I just wonder if they will open up TLDs to individuals as well. How much do you think it will cost to get your own TLD?
As a programmer, I already know, there will be thousands of PHP scripts that are going to be broken. They need to be updated if they filter input only with the current TLDs.
It should be interesting year.