If you don’t regularly read CircleID, you may be missing out on a variety of interesting topics that impact the domain name space, and consequently, domain investors. Yesterday and today, there were two interesting articles posted about the new gTLD domain names that I think you will find interesting.
On Wednesday, Jeannie McPherson, Verisign’s Senior Manager of Corporate Communications, published an article called “The Real Facts About New gTLDs.” In the article, McPherson discussed some of the “troubling trends” related to the new gTLDs. Some of these trends she cited include:
- drop off in new registrations
- increase in UDRP and URS filings
- confusion with similar new extensions
- free registrations
- security issues
I thought McPherson brought up some interesting points, although one should understand that Verisign operates the .com and .net domain name registries.
Today, Paul Stahura, Founder and CEO of Donuts Inc., published a follow-up article on CircleID called “The Empire Strikes Back: “New” Verisign Hums a Familiar Tune.” In the article that rebutted McPherson’s article, Stahura discussed why he believes Verisign is worried about the new gTLD domain names. Some of the concerns he cited include:
- quality of .com domain names that are available
- price of new .com domains
- renewal rates
- registrar channel changes
- several other concerns
In addition to this, Stahura wrote responses to some of the “troubling trends” that were mentioned in McPherson’s article.
It seems pretty clear that both Verisign and Donuts have quite a bit at stake when it comes to the new gTLD domain names. I find it interesting to read the perspectives in both of these articles, and I think you will enjoy reading them, too.
When you read these two articles, don’t forget to read the comments as well. There are quite a few knowledgeable people who share their own insight in the comment section. Additionally, there are plenty of other great articles about domain names and the business of domain names when you have some time.