Author: Michael Yaw Appiah
ICAAN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) the policemen of the internet, announced in 6 months ago (Jun-2011) they were extending the suffixes used for web addresses beyond the existing 22 (.com, .net, .uk, etc) in a gTLD program called the Internationalized Domain Names (IDN). The New gTLD Program allows for an increased number of generic top-level domains in any language. New gTLDs may include extensions in non-Latin scripts such as Arabic, Chinese or Cyrillic.
For these millions of Internet users – and a billion more to come — Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs) represent their first chance to navigate the web using familiar, local languages and scripts. From 2012 with the new gTLD program, almost any word in any language can be a TLD.
Does this mark the end of the .com’s dominance?