Finally the wait is over! After months of speculation, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) revealed last Wednesday who has applied for which generic Top-Level Domain (gTLD) names. The results are here. If you haven't already read all about them -- and even if you have -- the IPKat and Merpel are pleased to tell you a thing or two about them.
For the number cruncher/statistic junkies out there, this Kat can tell you ...
1. there were a total of 1,930 applications (after refunds).
2. Of these 1,930 applications:
- 1,846 were are 'standard'.
- 84 were 'community-based'.
- 66 were 'geographical'.
- 116 were in non-Latin scripts.
- 3 sought support under the ICANN’s Applicant Support Program.
- 911 from North America.
- 675 from Europe.
- 303 from the Asia-Pacific region.
- 24 from Latin America and the Caribbean.
- 17 from Africa.
4. The most popular gTLD strings were:
- .app (13 applications)
- .inc (12 applications)
- .home (11 applications)
- .art (10 applications)
- .blog, .book, .llc, .shop, and .site (9 applications each)
- .design, .movie and .music (8 applications each)
- .cloud, .hotel, .love, .ltd, .mail, .news, .store, and .web (7 applications each)
- .baby, .corp, .cpa, .gmbh, .law, .now, .online, .tech, and .vip (6 applications each)
- .buy, .free, .game, .group, .sale, .style, and .tickets (5 applications each)
The IPKat and Merpel note with some relief that there were no applications for .cat or .kat. They wonder if it is worth passing the proverbial hat around to readers, in order to obtain the necessary funds to make their application in the next round. Clarification: the kats knew about the Catalan .cat all along: they only stated that they were pleased that there no applications for it. As for .kat, they think they may have to wait a little longer before the necessary funds come flooding in ...