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Alt Text: Stupid New Domain Names and What They Really Mean for Web

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers announced hundreds of possible new top-level domain names last week, which is great because clearly we need more unqualified successes along the lines of .mobi, .xxx and .travel.

The wave of new possible new web addresses has nothing to do, ICANN assures us, with pocketing millions of dollars from hopeful registrants. Thus, it looks like we’re going to have to deal with a whole host of D-string TLDs. Here’s a look at some of the domain names applied for, along with my thoughts.

.app

This is the most popular request, with 13 corporations fighting over these three letters like Irish setters with an English muffin. I say we pull a Solomon and divide it into “.a” and “.pp.”

.cool

This could actually be handy. Just as .xxx theoretically tells us a domain is X-rated, we can rest assured that any domain ending in .cool is in absolutely no way cool.

.baby

I’ll be first in line to register iceice.baby, ineedsomehotstuff.baby, and the classic allthatshewantsisanother.baby.

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