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.com, .net, .org, .gov, .us Domain Names

The death of .net, the rise of .org, and the madness of .com


.com domains in top 500
(lines are thinner to show complexity)

  • It is clear that .com sites occupy most of the top 500.
  • .com's dominate the top 20 ranked web sites.
  • The top 20 domains have fairly consistent rank.
  • Below the top 20, and especially below the top 100, there is heavy turnover.

.net domains in top 500

  • .net domains have consistently lost ground since July 2004 (59 to 26, a 56% loss).
  • A handful of .net sites have survived near the top of the rankings, but have clearly downward trajectories.

.org domains in top 500

  • The top .org domains roughly split in Jan 2005, with half moving up in rank and the other half dropping.
  • In July 2005, only six .org's placed in the top 500. This number rebounds to about a dozen by Jan 2007.
  • Two .org's hold prominent, high rank positions: Wikipedia and craigslist. Both also have strong, positive trajectories.

.us domains in top 500

  • .us domains are not very popular; only two are in the top 500. (In Jan 07: at 49th and at 166th)
  • Both have solid, upward trajectories.

.gov domains in top 500

  • The three .gov domains in the top 500 seemed to have lost momentum by Jan 06.


Each visualization is segmented by six lines, which represent dates approximately six months apart. The first line is July 2004 and the final line is January 2007. Web sites are ordered along each of these axes according to their traffic rank. The site at the top is the most visited web site on the internet, while the site at the bottom is the 500th most visited. Movement in rank is visualized by colored lines. Positive movement is shown in green while negative movement is shown in red. The saturation of the color is proportional to the intensity of the change. Neutral (horizontal) movement is rendered in brown. If a web site enterers or leaves the top 500 list, its line is shown starting or ending at the bottom of the graph (the 500th position). See captions for additional details.



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