PRLog (Press Release) – Mar. 2, 2014 – FITCHBURG, Wis. — Five new TLDs are scheduled to go to General Availability this week: .みんな (Japanese for everyone), .careers, .photos, .recipes and .shoes. Domains in the .みんな will become available on Tuesday, March 4th while domains in .careers, .photos, .recipes and .shoes will go to general availability on Wednesday, March 5.
So far this year alone, 28 new TLDs have been launched in an unprecedented expansion of the TLD marketplace. The other TLDs to launch this year were .xn--ngbc5azd, .bike, .clothing, .guru, .holdings, .plumbing, .singles, .ventures, .camera, .equipment, .estate, .gallery, .graphics, .lighting, .photography, .construction, .contractors, .directory, .kitchen, .land, .technology, .today, .sexy, .tattoo, .enterprises, .tips, .voyage and .diamonds.
Prior to 2014, there were just 23 generic TLDs. By the end of 2014 there may be over 700 new TLDs including new generic TLDs like .shop and .web as well as branded TLDs like .BMW and .GAP.
Table 2 below below provides a list of the generic TLDs that existed prior to 2014.
TLD Launch Date
.com 1985 – one of the original TLDs
.edu 1985 – one of the original TLDs
.gov 1985 – one of the original TLDs
.mil 1985 – one of the original TLDs
.net 1985 – one of the original TLDs
.org 1985 – one of the original TLDs
This unprecedented expanstion of the TLD marketplace is a result of an application round held in 2012. In 2012, ICANN – the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers – held an application round inviting companies from around the world to apply to create new Top Level Domains. 1,930 applications for new TLDs were applied. Of these, 1,814 applications remain in the active status, while 116 applications have been withdrawn.
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