Who Needs More Generic TLDs? This is a Better Idea

If I understand this article correctly, ICANN is planning on allowing organizations to apply to create and manage new TLDs. If so, then that’s an interesting idea.

Imagine having a domain with a .blog or .tech extension, or .bowling or .design. Instead of worrying about the lack of .com domains, the generic TLD would become a thing of the past. You could just get a domain with a topical TLD, and have a short, memorable domain without having to spend too much time trying to find something that’s available.

Of course, there are problems with this idea. You would end-up with duplicates, for example. Suppose you had a website about design at example.blog. Other people could have sites at example.design and example.whatever. The cybersquatters would have a lot of fun with that… And then you have the whole issue of people automatically typing “.com” (or not recognizing it as a URL because of the lack of “.com”). Be prepared to use Google a lot more, since you’ll be forgetting sites’ TLDs right and left.

There are plenty of implications going through my mind right now, and I imagine there are a lot more that I haven’t even thought of yet. On one hand I like the idea, but on the other hand…

What do you think? Is it a good idea to ave an infinite number of TLDs, or should ICANN just introduce a new generic TLD once in awhile?