by Mike Masnick

ICANN Approves Two More Useless Domains To Get More Fees

from the but-why,-oh-why? dept

ICANN has done it again. Just a few months after approving two top level domains that weren't needed (.travel and .post) they've given the preliminary okay to .jobs and .mobi. These two domains serve no real purpose other than to bring in more money for ICANN and the various domain name registrars. We've already discussed why a mobile top level domain isn't needed in reference to the private offering around .mp. There's less and less of a reason to have a separate domain for mobile devices. The .jobs domain situation is even worse. Were people really having that much trouble finding the "jobs" pages on various company websites? That seems unlikely. In fact, the stories we've seen suggest recruiters are being inundated with resume spam from undeserving candidates. All this really means is that all these companies will now feel the need to go out and register their company name with the .jobs registrar, even if they have no real need for it. This filters more money back to the registrars, and, in turn, to ICANN. If ICANN really wants to expand top level domains, why not open it up to any TLD, instead of randomly dribbling out one or two every few months, creating a new rush from companies who feel they have to protect their brand names?

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  1. identicon
    Mousky, Dec 13th, 2004 @ 5:07pm

    I'll Second That

    I agree. Open up the TLD. Besides, with a number of countries selling their TLDs, ICANN is becoming irrelevant.

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 14th, 2004 @ 3:18am

    No Subject Given

    icann is the un of interweb land. instead of food 4 oil scams, its irrelevant tld's for bucks

    either keep it to countries or just allow the friggin dictionary for tld's ....

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  3. identicon
    Greg, Dec 14th, 2004 @ 7:31pm

    So who needs a TLD anyway?

    Looking at the way .com is used, and the proportion of domains located within .com, the whole hierarchical thing hasn't really worked out. We may as well dump TLDs and have everyone in the root.

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  4. identicon
    aNonMooseCowherd, Dec 14th, 2004 @ 7:46pm


    So will Steve Jobs be getting a an entry in the .jobs domain?

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  5. identicon
    hotspam, Dec 15th, 2004 @ 8:53am

    No Subject Given

    I'm glad the recruiters are getting spammed too. I got so much crap for unrelated positions from third party recruiters after registering on hotjobs and monster and clicking the "principals only" or whatever the field was for hiding contact information from the "we's got no jobs but we knows of someone who does" companies and individuals.

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