On DomainingTips, I do everything humanly possible to present a fair and balanced perspective when it comes to gTLDs or anything else for that matter. There are definitely positive aspects associated with the new extensions, I’ve referred to them through some of my previous posts and will continue to do so. The same principle is valid when it comes to the negative ones.
Today, I’d like to refer to something that in my opinion represents the biggest mistake made with new gTLDs.
Let me start by asking you something.
What do you think about the fact that there is a Dot Accountant gTLD *and* a Dot Accountants (plural) gTLD?
What about Dot Career and Dot Careers?
Dot Coupon and Dot Coupons?
Dot Tour and Dot Tours?
… the list could go on and on.
I just don’t get it.
Up until this point, there was a low two figure number of gTLDs. Dot com, net, org, info, biz and a few more… you could almost count them using the fingers on your hands + feet.
Some people thought that adding more would be a good idea.
Sure, why not.
But didn’t things get taken a bit too far by allowing both the singular and the plural version of a certain word to be used as a gTLD?
I’m sure it isn’t hard to imagine just how much confusion this will cause:
Best.Accountant or Best.Accountants?
Best.Career or Best.Careers?
Best.Coupon or Best.Coupons?
Best.Tour or Best.Tours?
… you get the point.
This is just an opinion but I don’t think allowing both the singular and the plural version was a good idea.
In fact, I’d say this is the biggest new gTLD mistake by far.
Another mistake (or should I say another version of the previous one) was allowing extensions that are waaaaaay too similar to coexist.
For example dot law, dot legal, dot attorney and dot lawyer.
Isn’t that a bit too much?
Wouldn’t it have been a better idea to simply pick one, for example dot law and leave it at that when it comes to the legal industry’s new gTLD?
I mean the idea of expanding the Internet gTLD-wise is interesting.
It’s definitely a historic event and it’s a privilege to be here, not just witnessing it but also writing about it in detail.
However in my opinion, the biggest mistake was taking things too far by allowing extensions which will surely end up causing confusion to coexist. The expansion of the Internet is a good thing but as a conclusion, I’d say this situation makes it clear that too much of a good thing can have negative effects