“Snoopy,” a longtime domain industry participant, posted a poll on Twitter asking people what they think “has been the biggest domain industry change this decade?” Snoopy provided four options from which to choose and invited people to comment if they have another suggestion beyond the four he chose.
I would be interested in seeing what others believe to be the biggest industry change this decade either in Snoopy’s poll or in a comment:
Decade Wrap: What has been the biggest domain industry change this decade? (comment if you have another)
— snoopy (@wwwsnoopy1683) December 28, 2019
In my opinion, one of the biggest drivers was the rise of cryptocurrency domain name sales, including the $30 million sale of Voice.com. Many of the cryptocurrency domain name sales would also qualify as one word .com sales already mentioned by Snoopy, but there are other sales that aren’t one word domain names. For instance, the $1 million BTC.com sale in 2014.
Another option might be the rise in popularity of ccTLD domain names being used as generic TLDs. There have been quite a few startups using domain extensions like .CO, .TV, .IO, and even .LY. Prior to this decade, ccTLDs were almost exclusively used in local markets.
Vote in Snoopy’s poll and/or comment here or on Twitter.