As you know, I am a pretty big fan of the new Generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs) that are out, and even ones that have not been released to the general public yet. There are quite a few that I like, but then again there are some that I just don’t understand. So far, there has been a good response to them, and there have been some issues. For example, Twitter at first didn’t recognize the new gTLDs, but they later fixed that. What is concerning me, though, is that Gmail, so far, is NOT recognizing any of the new gTLDs that are out. Google Plus does recognize them, though.
When you send an email to someone who uses Gmail, and you include a new gTLD in the email, Google does NOT make it a clickable link. They just don’t recognize these new gTLDs in Gmail. With the .com, .net, .org, .biz, .info, and .tv TLDs, Gmail turns them into clickable links in the email when it was received, whether the sender made the domain name a clickable link or not.
Take a look at the sample email that I sent myself, with a sample list of domains that I know they recognize and a list of domains that they don’t recognize:
Notice in the screen capture that I sent this email to myself, and it was just a list of domain names. Then, I opened it and Gmail automatically made those domains (well only certain ones) clickable links. But the other ones they are NOT making into clickable links. They think they’re just “words” and not actual domain names, apparently.
This concerns me, especially because Gmail is used by so many people now. If you’re going to buy a new gTLD and make it your website, then logically you will be sending email to people with Gmail addresses (or responding to people). If you are going to be using email newsletters and soforth, then there’s a chance that your new gTLD domain name won’t be able to be clicked on.
Here’s the full list of what I tested. In the list, I show which TLDs Gmail recognizes. They don’t recognize the others in the list. This is a list of all of the gTLDs that are currently available for everyone to register (as long as the domain is available for registration and someone hasn’t already purchased it).
billhartzer.com <== okay according to Gmail billhartzer.net <== okay according to Gmail billhartzer.org <== okay according to Gmail billhartzer.biz <== okay according to Gmail billhartzer.info <== okay according to Gmail billhartzer.tv <== okay according to Gmail billhartzer.co.uk <== okay according to Gmail billhartzer.sexy billhartzer.voyage billhartzer.viajes billhartzer.ventures billhartzer.uno billhartzer.watch billhartzer.works billhartzer.zone billhartzer.??? billhartzer.??? billhartzer.?? billhartzer.lighting billhartzer.land billhartzer.kiwi billhartzer.kitchen billhartzer.limo billhartzer.link billhartzer.menu billhartzer.marketing billhartzer.management billhartzer.luxury billhartzer.ruhr billhartzer.coffee billhartzer.codes billhartzer.camp billhartzer.camera billhartzer.bike billhartzer.berlin billhartzer.bargains billhartzer.agency billhartzer.blue billhartzer.boutique billhartzer.cab billhartzer.training billhartzer.today billhartzer.solar billhartzer.singles billhartzer.shoes billhartzer.shiksha billhartzer.solutions billhartzer.support billhartzer.tips billhartzer.technology billhartzer.tattoo billhartzer.institute billhartzer.house billhartzer.holiday billhartzer.holdings billhartzer.florist billhartzer.farm billhartzer.domains billhartzer.directory billhartzer.diamonds billhartzer.cool billhartzer.education billhartzer.systems billhartzer.kim billhartzer.international billhartzer.cheap billhartzer.ceo billhartzer.center billhartzer.careers billhartzer.clothing billhartzer.club billhartzer.computer billhartzer.company billhartzer.buzz billhartzer.builders billhartzer.build billhartzer.construction billhartzer.contractors billhartzer.graphics billhartzer.glass billhartzer.gift billhartzer.gallery billhartzer.guitars billhartzer.guru billhartzer.pink billhartzer.pics billhartzer.photos billhartzer.photography billhartzer.plumbing billhartzer.qpon billhartzer.rich billhartzer.repair billhartzer.red billhartzer.recipes billhartzer.photo billhartzer.onl billhartzer.email billhartzer.expert billhartzer.estate billhartzer.equipment billhartzer.enterprises billhartzer.academyIn this case, I used "billhartzer" and the TLD when I sent the email to myself. All of the TLDs (and gTLDS) in the list above can be used for a live website right now. I could actually have a website up and running within 30 minutes of writing this post. Yet Gmail does not recognize these gTLDs. In order for the gTLDs to be successful, we need buy-in from ALL of the major sites, including Google and Gmail.