Over the last year the Domain Name blogosphere has made a major pivot as new gTLDs have quickly become the focus. While some readers are getting a little gTLD’ed out, many are enjoying staying informed and watching it unfold. It doesn’t matter whether you think the new gTLDs are incredible or you think they’re going to crash and burn, you still want to see the data.
Which brings me to exactly that, the data.
Right now there are a lot of assumptions on both sides. Many new gTLDs are setting their sights high with goals of hundreds of thousands or millions of registrations in their first year. On the other side are the new gTLD naysayers who say nobody will hit a million registrations and most will go bust.
The problem we have right now is that we really don’t have enough data to know. All we can go with are assumptions, of course another word for assumption is guess and that’s just what we’re doing, guessing.
I’m a big believer in people, so I believe in new gTLDs run by people who have a proven track record of building successful businesses. I think some of these people will hit or exceed their goals, and some will not. Still, like all of you, this is just an assumption and until a 2-3 years goes by we won’t really know who’s assumptions are true.
What I think is important for us to remember is that we are all one industry. Yes, the new gTLDs have divided us but over the next 5-10 years we’re going to need to stick together. So while you might feel strongly either for or against the new gTLDs just remember that you are sparring with your fellow domainsapien.
So get passionate, say what’s on your mind, stick it to them, but remember, at the end of the day if we’re all divided in ten years the domain world is going to be a much smaller place. I couldn’t be more proud to be a part of such an incredible industry with so many amazing people, let’s usher in this new era together and remember, until we have some data, it’s all just assumptions.