As I’ve written about in the past, the world of internet naming is about to go through a massive shift with ICANN’s decision to take open applications for new gTLDs. We just passed a milestone, which was the March 29 deadline to register as a new gTLD applicant.
ICANN has announced that it now has 839 registered applicants. That implies that the actual number of applications will be something more than that. While it’s possible to register as an applicant and not submit an application, it seems like an unlikely scenario. Based on that my estimation is that there will be more than 1000 applications at the end of the day.
The last day to submit an application is April 12, so I imagine some people are in scramble mode right now. Last I heard ICANN was planning on announcing the number of applications and publishing the public-facing portion of those applications some time in May, with the date to be determined. I’ll be watching for that number and those applications, and I’ll let you know what I find out.