I’ve written before about how Twitter, Facebook, and even recently how Google’s Gmail were or were not recognizing the new gTLD domain names as real domain names. Now today I have discovered that Apple’s iPhone email does not recognize the new gTLDs, as well. But it’s actually even worse with Apple: they don’t recognize .biz, .info, and .tv as real domain names, either!
IPhone email doesn’t recognize gtlds either. Amazing. pic.twitter.com/H4yivvuAe8
— Bill Hartzer (@bhartzer) May 22, 2014
When I refer to these companies or their apps (or sites) not recognizing the new gTLDs, I am referring to the fact that when one of these domain names (e.g., billhartzer.expert) is listed in a post, a tweet, or in an email, the domain is (or isn’t) turned into a clickable link. I know this is a technicality, but these are real domain names, and if someone is going to buy one of these domain names and use it for their website, you have a right to expect that most apps and websites will recognize them as being “real”, just like .com or .net or .org.
Take a look at what I did today: I emailed a simple list of domain names to myself, and opened up that email (just as if I sent it to someone else). I wanted to see if the domain names are considered “real” domain names by the Apple iPhone (I am viewing this email via the default mail app on my iPhone).
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What really surprises me is that Apple doesn’t recognize the gTLDs. But, they actually don’t even recognize other TLDs that have been out for a long time now: .biz, .info, and .tv !
Here’s the list of domain names that are “real” according to Apple, and the ones that are not:
billhartzer.com several people have pointed out that even Apple Safari won’t navigate to the new gTLD domain names.