ICANN just blogged : there are 1000 new gTLD domain name in the root of the internet. The first Top Level domains, back in October 1984, were gov, edu, com, mil, org, and net.

in 1988, .int was introduced

between 2001 and 2003, seven new gTLD were created :  aero, biz, coop, info, museum, name, pro.

asia, cat, jobs, mobi, tel and travel were approved in 2004

xxx launched in 2011, and post in 2012.

In 2013, the first domains of the new gTLD program started to be delegated, and the 1000 th name of that program was delegated on May 25. That domain was .shop, or .realestate, most certainly born under a lucky star, as both of these domains will probably be highly successfull.




The community did not miss that milestone :





Amongst these 1000 domain names, there are various business models:

  • Some TLD domain names are totally open, i.e. anyone can buy a second level domain name
  • Some are restricted, with specific criteria. e.g. one must have an adress in New York to have a .nyc.
  • Some are closed, run mainly by brands to promote the brand and not to generate revenue from the sales of second level domain names.