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Confused by new gTLDs? Allow this Nominet infographic to make your brain explode

Kevin Murphy, August 23, 2016, 10:20:30 (UTC), Domain Registries

There are over 1,000 new gTLDs out there right now, and figuring out what’s going on in the marketplace can be difficult.

So what better way to reduce confusion than to plot the 250 most populous TLDs into an infographic that vaguely resembles the iconic London Underground route map?

There must be thousands of better ways.

Regardless, the Tube map idea is the one Nominet decided to run with, and it released this beauty today.

Tube map

While the strings have been roughly organized by categories, there doesn’t seem to be much logic to the layout otherwise.

If one were to overlap the map on a map of London, there doesn’t appear to be much relationship between the string and the characteristics of the corresponding neighborhood.

DI World International Global Headquarters would be sandwiched between .lawyer and .marketing, or thereabouts, just to the north of Jack the Ripper’s stalking ground of .miami.

There is a Citizens Advice Bureau across the street, but I’m not sure that makes this area a hotbed of legal activity.

Market-leading .xyz would be up in Walthamstow somewhere, quite off the beaten track, .tokyo would be close to Chinatown, and .city is nowhere near the City.

I’m probably reading it wrong.

Anyway, the full map can be puzzled over in PDF format here, and you can read Nominet CEO Russell Haworth’s accompanying blog post here.

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Comments (6)

  1. Acro says:

    Blimey. It looks like the London tube map!

  2. YamadaMedia says:

    Many new gtlds… just don’t make sense. Can you blame Nominet for that?

  3. Dan says:

    I believe the reason they did it this way is to allow some new gTLDs to belong in multiple categories.

  4. MG says:

    On an unrelated note – isn’t that Chop Chop ad you’re running for Chinese Domains way Racist? http://www.chopchop.domains ? (I know its a third party ad – but somewhat ill advised I reckon!) 🙂

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