Showing posts with label Domain. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Domain. Show all posts

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Celebrating 30 years of .COM and the future of .DOMAINS

When you visited Google today, we’re pretty sure you didn’t type 173.194.113.18 into your browser. This string of numbers separated by periods—an IP address—isn’t nearly as easy or memorable as typing google.com. Domain names ending in things like .COM, .NET and .EDU make browsing the web and telling people where to find you online easier. Since this month marks the 30-year anniversary of .COM and several other domain endings, we’re taking a minute to celebrate these often-overlooked suffixes that have changed the way we use the web.



Though they were introduced in 1985, domain names didn’t gain much awareness and use amongst the public until the World Wide Web became available to all during the ‘90s and it became clear they were an important part in unlocking its power. Using these online addresses, people began to spread messagesstart businesses andaccess information that otherwise would have been nearly impossible to find. Popularity and demand for these names grew so much that people were soon willing to pay millions of dollars for the perfect one.


Today there are 270+ million registered domain names; in fact, about 17 million were added just last year. To create more naming options for people online, hundreds of new top-level domains are being added, and many, like .TODAY, .NINJA and .BIKE are already available. We wrote about this back in 2012, and since then we’ve launched three of our own: .HOW.SOY and .みんな.


As .COM turns 30, we’re looking back on the history of domain endings and all they’ve made possible. Today there are more choices than ever before for people to find the perfect name for their businesses, projects and ideas on the web. If you’re interested in learning more about this history, or you’d like to register your own piece of the web, head over to Google Domains to claim your .DOMAINS from a .COM to a .GURU.


Here’s to .COM’s 30th, and all that’s yet to come in how we name destinations on the Internet.


Friday, February 27, 2015

Google paid $25 million for the .app domain


When you’re sitting on a giant pile of ad dollars you can pretty much buy whatever you want. Today Google is buying the .app top domain.
Business Insider reports that the search giant won anICANN (the organization that controls internet domains) auction for the top level domain. Google currently owns .soy, .minna, .foo and .how.
The company has no immediate plans for the .app domain, but it’s pretty easy to figure where it fits into their business.