Rick Schwartz has been tweeting regularly for a few months, often taking aim at the new gTLD program. This morning, he posted what some might say is a provocative tweet declaring “There’s a COLLAPSE coming the likes of which wet eared domainers have never seen b4“. Here’s the tweet Rick posted:
— Rick Schwartz (@DomainKing) June 6, 2017
Based on the #gtld hashtag, I presume Rick is predicting there will be a collapse in the number of new gTLD domain names registered. According to nTLDStats.com, there are just under 27 million new gTLD domain names registered, down from a peak of just below 29.5 million.
The “Domain King” has not been shy about sharing his opinions, and he has been especially vocal with his opinions regarding the new gTLD domain names on Twitter.
I don’t know about a “collapse” but I do think we will continue to see the number of registered new gTLD domain names in a decline, and I am not really sure what could stop it. If I were to guess, the decline could be stopped by a major brand announcing a startup using a new gTLD domain names for one of its major initiatives (like Google did with Alphabet), but even that might only provide a temporary reversal.
It is interesting to be an observer right now, and I am glad I do not have much skin in this beyond the 5 or so new domain names my company owns.