June 14, 2012

"This week, Google is spending $18.7 million to snatch up territory in 'the greatest Internet landgrab' in history."

There will be all these new top level domains — in addition to the old .com and .org and so forth. It costs $185,000 to apply for one... and then there's the competition:
[Google] wants .google, .youtube, .goog and .plus. It was the only applicant vying for .fly, .new and .eat. But it is going to have to fight Johnson & Johnson for .baby, Microsoft for .docs and .live, and Amazon for 17 top-level domains: .wow, .search, .shop, .drive, .free, .game, .mail, .map, .movie, .music, .play, .shop, .show, .spot, .store, .talk and .you. Amazon also went after .tunes, .got, .author, .smile, .song, .joy, .bot, .like and .call… The most sought-after extension is .app, with 13 applicants though not Apple, which popularized the mobile application.
Facebook applied for none. Not even .facebook.
If the Web is truly on its deathbed, as Wired has claimed, those spending money on this may be .throwingitaway. Their money would be better spent on better mobile apps.

7 comments:

Crunchy Frog said...

No .blog? How sad.

edutcher said...

Anybody wanna bet this turns into the biggest white elephant since Mrs Hatman got pregnant.

MadisonMan said...

.sad

.sadder

.saddest

Synova said...

We own pascal.org.

(I understand this is google and others buying the equivalent of everything.org, so it's not the same.)

When my husband applied for the domain pascal.com was also available but he didn't buy it.

He's been kicking himself in the butt over it for better than 25 years.

We expect that our grandchildren will inherit the domain name.

AJ Lynch said...

This sale was not advertised widely was it? To keep the rifraff out or to keep it to the big players?

EMD said...

.se is still up for grabs.

EMD said...

This sale was not advertised widely was it? To keep the rifraff out or to keep it to the big players?

Re-read the post. It costs $185k to apply. Riffraff proof!