Google applies for .google and 101 gTLDs, Airtel, Amazon, VeriSign joins the bandwagon too

Soon you will see funny looking TLDs like .lol, .baby, .wow, with the likes of company branding like .google, .apple etc, the reason? ICANN is enabling gTLDs (Generic Top Level Domain) for anyone who has $185,000 to spare I want his very own TLD like .com, If I that kind of money to spare I would surely buy .thednetworks .dnetzone .trolltees .air5 and more 😉

So what the heck is gTLD?

A gTLD is the section of an internet domain name after the final period. In a web address like ‘www.website.com’, in this case the .com is the gTLD.

At this point, there are 22 gTLDs, including .com, .org and .net. However, in June 2011, ICANN approved a plan that would allow people to apply for new gTLDs.

We’ve got the exclusive list of gTLD applications (see at the bottom of this article) and Google has applied for .google .ads .zip and more while Microsoft and Yahoo seeks .bing and .yahoo respectively.
Each domain will be available at a cost of $185,000 each and the renewal will cost $25,000 per year. Companies applying for the generic top level domain (gTLD) are required to provide bank guarantees of $2,50,000

Did you know: Google is spending up to $18.6 Million to apply for 101 gTLD

Google faces stiff competition from companies like Amazon for gTLDs where Amazon has businesses eg. .drive, Here are the names of all the contested gTLDs, followed by the total number of applicants in parenthesis:

  • .app (13)
  • .baby (5)
  • .blog (9)
  • .book (9)
  • .buy (5)
  • .cloud (7)
  • .corp (6)
  • .cpa (6)
  • .dds (2)
  • .dev (2)
  • .diy (2)
  • .docs (2)
  • .dog (3)
  • .dot (2)
  • .drive (2)
  • .earth (2)
  • .family (3)
  • .film (3)
  • .free (5)
  • .fun (3)
  • .fyi (2)
  • .game (5)
  • .gmbh (6)
  • .goo (2)
  • .home (11)
  • .inc (11)
  • .live (3)
  • .llc (9)
  • .llp (4)
  • .lol (2)
  • .love (7)
  • .mail (7)
  • .map (3)
  • .mba (3)
  • .med (4)
  • .mom (2)
  • .moto (2)
  • .movie (8)
  • .music (8)
  • .pet (2)
  • .phd (2)
  • .play (4)
  • .plus (2)
  • .search (4)
  • .shop (9)
  • .show (4)
  • .site (5)
  • .spot (3)
  • .srl (2)
  • .store (7)
  • .talk (2)
  • .team (4)
  • .tech (6)
  • .tube (3)
  • .vip (6)
  • .web (7)
  • .wow (3)
  • .you (2)

Some of the gTLDs that Google might get easily are:

  • .ads
  • .and
  • .android
  • .are
  • .boo
  • .cal
  • .car
  • .channel
  • .chrome
  • .dad
  • .day
  • .dclk
  • .eat
  • .esq
  • .est
  • .fly
  • .foo
  • .gbiz
  • .gle
  • .gmail
  • .goog
  • .google
  • .guge
  • .hangout
  • .here
  • .how
  • .ing
  • .kid
  • .meme
  • .mov
  • .new
  • .nexus
  • .page
  • .prod
  • .prof
  • .rsvp
  • .soy
  • .tour
  • .youtube
  • .zip
  • .???
  • .????
  • .??

Indian companies have also contested for their own branded gTLDs including Airtel, SBI, RIL, HDFC, Tata Motors and more have applied for the same.

According to Icann, Bharti Airtel has applied for .airtel and its sister concern Bharti Enterprises has applied for .bharti, while Reliance Industries have applied for .RIL and State Bank of India have contested for .sbi

Other Applicants include financial service firm HDFC and it sister concern HDFC Bank, conglomerate Tata Sons and its subsidiary Tata Motors are also among applicants. Broadcasting firm Star India, pharmaceutical company Dabur and Lupin, financial services company Shriram Capital, Automobile firm TVS, IT firms Nameshop, Infibeam Incorporation and DotPing, Infosys have also applied for gTLD.

VeriSign the digital signature company has applied for 14 gTLDs which can be found in the PDF attached to this article below.

Chinese gTLD applicants include China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC) and premier Chinese corporations and brands such as China CITIC Group and Aigo Digital. Notably, a Chinese Internet company Zodiac Holdings Limited (“Zodiac”) has applied for 15 top-level domain names, the single largest Chinese gTLD applicant.

Zodiac has applied for a wide range of gTLDs, such as generic-use “??” (“website”) to e-commerce “??” (“shop”) and “??” (“mall”) to funky “???” (“I love You”). Interestingly, Zodiac is also the only geographic TLD applicant from China applying to operate “??” (“Guangdong”).

Microsoft applied for very little compared to the others with only a little over 10 gTLDs. These include .bing, .docs, .hotmail and .office

As for Apple, they only applied for the one domain .apple It’s odd as I figured they would want to snag domains for .iphone or .ipad, maybe even .itunes. Nobody else grabbed those domains so at least Apple doesn’t have to worry about some Chinese company claiming to own .ipad.

Understandably enough, .app was the most applied for gTLD. Thirteen companies applied for the domain including Amazon, Google, multiple entities of Dot App, and other smaller companies.

if you’re given a chance to get a free gTLD which one would you apply for?

Here is the complete list of gTLD applications and the TLD domains Applied for gTLD Applicants and Application

The DNetWorks Team