Ever thought it would be cool to have something other than “.com” at the end of your website URL? If you find .ca and .net just a tad blasé too, you’re in luck: On Feb. 4, the largest number of generic top-level domain names (gTLDs, or the suffix to any URL) will come into existence, opening up a whole new world of possible kooky domain names.
About 1,000 new gTLDs will start to go live Feb. 4, Quartz reports, and anyone can buy a domain name with the gTLD of his or her choosing. In 2012, companies applied for gTLDs they wished to own, and those that were approved will be going live next month. Companies like Google and Amazon applied for lots of them, 101 and 76 respectively, but not as much as a firm set up specifically to buy domain names, called Donuts, who applied for 307 altogether. In total, 1,930 applications were received by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), and 751 of the names are contested, meaning more than one company applied for ownership.Read More »from Ready for .sucks or .sexy? New domain names available next week