If you had typed calvinklein.clothing into your browser’s address bar last week, you would have reached an error page or a list of Google search results. Do it today, and your browser will redirect you to Calvin Klein’s official website, calvinklein.com. The new world wide web is upon us.
Nick Nelson of Rightside, a company formed by Demand Media to invest in the new TLDs, sent over a list of registrations from RegistrarStats.com, also owned by his company. The list is about 48 hours behind real time and far from complete. It only lists those domains that are set up to point at something, even if the site doesn’t yet exist (as is the case with the intriguingly named brownpeople.singles).
That means the domains registered by Apple, such as apple.guru, do not appear on the list. But pacific.ventures, which takes you to a Hong Kong-based investor, does. Still, the list offers a fascinating glimpse of the multi-faceted beast the web is about to become. It also shows which of the first set of domains are the most popular: From the early numbers, .clothing is the runaway winner, with .guru and .bike trailing some distance behind.