The new gTLDs are starting to roll out. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced the delegation of four new “generic top-level domains,” those URL suffixes that help organize the Web (a la .com, .org, and .net). ICANN ultimately hopes to add as many as 1400 new gTLDs to the Web.
The four new non-Latin strings—in Arabic, Chinese and Cyrillic—signify ICANN’s push towards a more global Web. They are:
- شبكة (xn--ngbc5azd) – Arabic for “web/network” Registry: International Domain Registry Pty. Ltd
- онлайн (xn--80asehdb) – Cyrillic for “online” Registry: CORE Association
- сайт (xn--80aswg) – Cyrillic for “site” Registry: CORE Association
- 游戏(xn--unup4y) – Chinese for “game(s)” Registry: Spring Fields, LLC