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December 21, 2011

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Mark Delman

I'm not certain of this, but I think Google and other search engines give priority in their rankings to established suffixes like ".com" and ".edu" versus ".net" or ".me" So folks who buy those domains may be getting the URL name they want, but a suffix that may not make it to page one.

Andjela

Awesome post again chris. This surely seems like a leap frwaord in the domain name department as it hasn't undergone much changes ever since its advent. Moreover, I dont think the suffixes will be of the type .anything (lol) but a much larger variety will emerge compared to the present scenario of limited names. Totally a game-changer though !

Brad @codero

The problem is that the number of web domains registered is so high, especially with the .com suffix, that the amount of suffixes available was not enough. However, I agree perfectly with you that adding new suffixes creates confusion, and the big websites who have the most to lose from confusion, would still dish out money to buy the same domain name with the new suffix. The preferred option and the most popular would still be the .com and the new suffixes have a long way to go before matching its power. Money plays a big issue in the matter, and non-profit organisations do not mean that they are not revenue generating or that they are loss-making. On the whole, I agree with you about the points of artificial demand and money-motivated moves.

JHawk23

Thanks for your comment, Brad. I do know that the .com suffix is in high demand and overcrowded, so that these days, I'm sure, it's impossible to get the address you want in .com. And yet, .biz is not fully subcribed, for the reasons you suggest.

Maybe the answer is in expanding the system gradually, as the most populous U.S. states do with auto registration numbers, or telephone/wireless providers do with prefixes. We could add .com1, for example, and grow from there as necessary. It's when we add a whole bunch of new suffixes at once, far ahead of the demand for them, that creates a huge surplus of them.

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