ICANN To Open Up Top Level Domains

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.


Google recently acquired G.co which will be used as URL shortening service. Google already has Goo.gl, another URL shortening service that has been a around for a couple years. The two URL shortening services will differ in purpose. G.co will be used exclusively for shortening URLs that’s owned by Google, while Goo.gl is a public URL shortening service that anyone can use. By the way, CO is a top level domain for Colombia.