I saw an interesting post on the Skype community message board that I want to share with you. Apparently Skype is not yet recognizing gTLD domain names that are sent amongst users via instant message.
According to this merged post on the Skype message board that was started over a month ago and has a few comments:
“When a gTLD, such as “http://test.repair/” is linked in Skype, the link does not display as a link and others cannot click it.
Try to send a message with “http://test.repair/” in it.”
I tested this using one of my new gTLD domain names, and it appears that the commenters are correct. I typed both g.holdings as well as the http version, http://g.holdings, and there was no hyperlink created. For comparison purposes, I tested this in Twitter, and a hyperlink was created for g.holdings right away.
Since the gTLD domain names have been available for quite some time already, and there are over 400,000 new domain names registered, I hope that Skype looks into this issue and rectifies it. Interestingly, as you can see from the messages in the Skype community thread, the Skype message board recognizes new gTLDs as valid urls, but it seems that the instant message aspect of Skype does not.