Remember back when the internet was basically just .com and .org, and maybe a little .edu? Those were the days. There are now far more offerings for those little domain name endings, which are called gTLDs (generic Top Level Domains), and ICANN has been adding new ones in other languages.

Anyone can apply, and then the domain extensions are considered and ultimately chosen (or not) by ICANN. The next batch of new ones, which will be rolled out over the next several years, is set to include a bunch of new Chinese domains, including:

  • .八卦 (.gossip)
  • .集团 (.group)
  • .网店 (.webstore)
  • .商城 (.mall)
  • .我爱你 (.iloveyou)
  • .娱乐 (.entertainment)
  • .慈善 (.charitable)
  • .时尚 (.fashion)
  • .网站 (.website)
  • .微博 (.weibo)

It will be a while before any of these are actually in use, and of course most companies will likely maintain their roman-letter URLs for some time even after adopting the Chinese language ones. But in the longer term, it will be interesting to see if this becomes yet another thing that separates China’s internet from the rest of the world.

At the same time, though, these Chinese-language domains are a fantastic step forward, as they will make the internet more accessible, especially to older generations who may not have the same familiarity with roman letters that many younger people do. If Chinese websites maintain both a Chinese and a roman-alphabet domain, that would be the best of both worlds for users both inside and outside China. Here’s hoping that’s what happens.

(China Business News via Sina Tech)

The post China Gets New Chinese Domain Extensions Such as ‘.iloveyou’ appeared first on Tech in Asia.

 

About the author

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Sign Up for Our Newsletter

Get notified of our weekly selection of news

You May Also Like

What happened at one of Thailand’s most-anticipated tech conferences?

Carrying on the same theme from last year and featuring many keynote industry speakers, exhibitions, and a hands-on lab, the event delves into how digital technologies can unlock new potentials, markets, and business models while also supporting post-pandemic economic recovery in Thailand and the Asia Pacific region.

China-Laos Railway: Bringing Opportunities for ASEAN and the Asia Pacific

The new railway can transform Laos from a landlocked country that was the least industrialized in ASEAN into a land-linked hub that connects to the wider region. The southern part of the line will connect the Thai province of Nong Khai to the capital Bangkok.

China doubles down on zero-Covid policy

China’s zero Covid policy will have significant consequences on tourism in Thailand because Chinese tourists represented an important part of the country’s tourism revenue before the pandemic