Google Registry Unveils Launch Details for Long-Awaited New gTLDs

Started by Domaining News, Apr 04, 2023, 01:43 AM

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Google Registry is finally launching eight new gTLDs that it has held onto for almost ten years. The launch schedule for .foo, .zip, .mov, .nexus, .dad, .phd, .prof, and .esq will take place over the next couple of months.

Sunrise will begin this weekend, on April 2, and last for a month, followed by the Early Access Periods, which will run until May 10, when all eight gTLDs will become generally available.

It's worth keeping an eye on the .zip and .mov spaces, especially for those in the security field. These gTLDs match popular file extensions used for compressed data and videos, respectively. This could potentially create opportunities for innovation among nefarious actors on the internet, such as phishers and malware distributors.

According to Google, .zip is designated for "tying things together or moving really fast," while .mov is meant for "moving pictures and other things that move."

All of these new gTLDs are targeted at general audiences and have no registration restrictions.