I'm not going to say how idiotic those seven new TDLs approved by ICANN are. OK, I will: What the hell were they thinking? .biz? What purpose in life does it have? The only thing that it accomplish is create a new TDL for companies to grab and have it redirected to their .com. Oh... thinking about it, that *does* accomplish something: money for the registrars. Sorry, for a moment, I forgotten that between money and common sense, money always win.
What I would like to see are more specifics TDLs. A reader suggested .movie (or .mov, I'm a big fan of three letters for non-countries TDL). Instead of polluting the .com space with "the-official-site-of-bob-the movie-by-paramount-pictures-international.com", all the hollywood promotion and hype-building sites could go to the same place. It would keep the .com more sane, and make it easier to find movie sites (nameofthemovie.com basicly never works).
What about a .mail? Those "Free Internet Email" sites are hording .com/net/org names like there's no tomorrow to offer them as choices of email addresses. Why not give them a .mail TDL and let them play in it instead?
Many people suggested .xxx (or .sex or whatever) and .kid. I'm not so sure they are good ideas. Here's why. .kid sounds to me like a recipe for brainwashing our kids to death with targeted advertising. And unless they regulate that TDL, we all know that we're going to end up with abominations like sex.kid hidden in some forsaken country, and it's not going to be any safer to surf that any other TDL. Which brings me to .xxx. Now unlike internet startups who advertise on tv and in magazines and newspapers, adult website don't need a easy-to-remember name to make money, they earn their lives with catchy banners. So a .xxx TDL would not help unclog the other TDLs, because, really, who needs lustfulferrets.com? On the other hand, it would make the lifes of censorware makers so much easier, something I'm very much opposed to in principle.
A recent idea that I really liked was the .health proposal by the U.N. World Health Organisation (WHO). They're basicaly proposing a regulated TDL for health websites. I really liked that: sites we could trust (with in reason) to containt accurate information about health related matters. But now some people have started shouting "censorship" on the roofs. I don't understand it. If you think the WHO is out to get you, you can just stick to the .com/net/org/ru/etc health sites no? It's not like they want to shutdown non .health websites. And it's the same as .mil no? I don't see anyone complaining about that one. All in all, a great idea, I say.
Anyhow, just my $0.02.
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