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Meaning. None of new top level domains meanings are as elegant or as classy as dot-com, which can mean ‘communication’ or ‘commercial’. Dot-biz obviously stands for ‘business,’ but it sounds slangy and it also happens to mean sh** in United Kingdom. ‘Information’, meaning of dot-info, would be perfect if it was restricted to sites with a high concentration of information about a certain topic, but it’s not. This domain is unrestricted, and can be registered by anyone. Surfers will quickly lose trust that all dot-info sites actually contain quality information. Dot-pro and Dot-name will be effective but on a limited level. To register a dot-pro you must ‘prove’ you are a professional on topic in domain name. Dot-name will be for individuals name only (good luck to all John Smiths out there.)
Appeal. Sure new TLD’s, especially dot-biz, will make it easier for smaller companies to get a web address that fits their business. But will it be as appealing as a dot-com? Those businesses that have a dot-biz domain may seem to be in a different class than dot-com and it may be harder for them to compete. It may be worth it for them to invest more money in a dot-com domain that be ‘stuck’ with a dot-biz. Even with recent doom of a few dot-com companies, there are many that are still going strong and they continue to breathe life into dot-com world. The only new TLD applicant that might have been able to rival dot-com for appeal was dot-web. Unfortunately application for dot-web was not approved by ICANN.
Bottom Line- Dot-com is established and respected. It has distinction of being one of first domain names of new Internet frontier and most sought after. The new domains will make it easier to get a home on web and will have their place in city of Internet. But Dot-com will always be beautiful white mansion up on hill with brand new Ferrari out front.
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