Dot-world domains available, first to grab one

Running your own virtual world? Considering registering a dot-world domain name for it.

For example, is available for $28 from GoDaddy and $25 from NameCheap.

The first grid to take advantage of this — ZetaWorlds — has already grabbed the domain, grid owner Timothy Rogers announced today.

ICANN approved this new top-level domain last fall — along with a bunch of other ones, such as .beer and .guru.

Dot-world hasn’t been particularly popular so far — according to nTLDStats, it has fewer than 9,000 domains registered — compared to 781,943 for another new-comer, dot-xyz.

Most popular new top-level domains. (Image courtesy nTLDStats.)

Most popular new top-level domains. (Image courtesy nTLDStats.)

That’s not a particularly good sign. Top-level domains cost a lot of money to set up and maintain. And dot-world, in particular, doesn’t offer any compelling advantages over dot-com for most companies.

On the other hand, it does mean that there are plenty of domains available.

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Maria Korolov is editor and publisher of Hypergrid Business. She has been a journalist for more than twenty years and has worked for the Chicago Tribune, Reuters, and Computerworld and has reported from over a dozen countries, including Russia and China. Follow me on Twitter @MariaKorolov.