Yesterday, the UK edition of Wired published an article about new gTLD domain names: Forget dot com, 2019 will finally be the year of weird domain names. The article cited the increasing registration numbers of new gTLD extensions and the increasing usage of them.
I am not sure if the increasing registration numbers is a good way to look at things because of the very low pricing promotions that are out there. I presume if Verisign lowered the cost to buy .com domain names to $.99 or even $2.00 across the board, there would be a very big increase in registration volume. On the other hand, I do agree that the new gTLD domain names are being used more widely these days and I would say by a varying audience.
Have a look at the Wired article and then vote – will 2019 be “the year of weird domain names“?