.NYC Registrations Passes .London
Because of my personal connection with New York City and the domain space, I have been paying closer attention to the .NYC domain name extension than other new gTLD extensions. I have been following along with .NYC since prior to the application process. According to today’s update at NTLDStats.com, it looks like there are now more .NYC domain names than .London domain names. As of this morning, there are 48,671 .NYC domain names, and there are 48,479 .London domain names.
.London had about a one month head start to sell its domain names to the general public. .NYC went on sale to the general public on October 8, 2014 and .London went on sale to the general public on September 9, 2014. Both TLDs have strong local support. Two weeks ago, the .NYC team at Neustar along with representatives from the Office of the Mayor of New York City rang the opening bell at the NYSE to celebrate the launch of .NYC domain names.
The populations of London and New York City seem to be similar, according to Wikipedia (8,416,535 million for London and 8,405,837 million for New York City). .NYC has nexus requirements that prohibit people without a New York City mailing address (non-PO Box) from registering .NYC domain names, and there are no nexus requirements for buying and owning .London domain names.
I would be a buyer of .NYC domain names if I could, but because of these nexus requirements, I can’t buy any for my company. Both of these extensions are on the top 10 list on NTLDStats.com.
.Berlin currently has the most registrations of the geographic new gTLD domain names at 153,710. It seems to have benefitted from a free domain name promotion that was offered earlier in the year. .Tokyo appears to be #4 on the geographic gTLD list with 25,794 registrations, and .Bayern is #5 right now with 23,575 registrations. I would predict that other geographic new gTLD domain names will also have strong showings.
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