Coming soon: .beer, .love and even .unicorn

Coming soon to your Internet browsing experience: .beer, .love and .app.

Companies have submitted applications for more than 1,400 new top-level domain names. Those are the suffixes that come at the end of a web address, where we have .com and .org now.

Paul Sloan is executive editor at CNET. He says, "If you're used to going to a site and they suddenly start using .web or .home or .something else. You might say, huh, what's this? But then you'll get used to it and it will be the same experience."

He says once the confusion created by all the new address messiness wears off, it'll be pretty manageable. That is, unless you've got a brand you are trying to protect.

Paul Sloan: It's a downside if you have a small business and someone suddenly uses your name connected to .pet and .play and .spot. Gosh there are so many, aren't there? It just gets a little crazy.

Hill: So it could cost a lot actually, if I come up with a great name for a company or a small business, it could actually cost a lot to protect that everywhere?

Sloan: Correct. I mean, that's already the case, right? A lot of companies, it's in their best interest to get the .net, the .co, the .org, the .younameit. I wonder if .younameit is in there, I didn't see it on the list. So, it could add up and just become sort of a hassle.

It'll also change things for folks who do their own web projects. Shane Greenstein is a professor at Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management.

Shane Greenstein: The at-home website maker today will go to a registry to find available website names and you would look under .biz or .org or .com. There's just nothing available anymore. And so Adriene.com is probably not available anymore, you probably have to go to Adriene.net.

Hill: Now if I wanted Adriene.love or Adriene.wow, how would it work? How would I do that?

Greenstein: First of all you have to go to the registry that controls .wow or .love. They find out if it's available. Then you pay a price for that. And then the registry will take the additional technical steps of making sure that name is available for all the relevant databases across the Internet so when someone else types that in, they can find your website.

Not that I can rush out and buy Adriene.wow today, even if I really, really want to. There's still a months-long process before any of these new-domains go live.

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Adriene Hill is the senior multimedia reporter for LearningCurve.

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