Afilias, a global domain registry, announced will launch the first “family” generic top-level domain, “.KIM.”
“Kim” is an ancient Korean surname, meaning ‘gold,’” Afilias stated in a Feb. 6 press release, “and is the most common Korean last name. More than 10 million individuals carry the name Kim. According to U.S. Census data, more than 300,000 Americans have the first name Kim (87 percent of them are female).
Beginning March 11, .KIM domains will be awarded in a “first come, first served” manner to trademark holders, according to Afilias. On April 11, the general availability period opens. From that point forward, everyone will be eligible to register .KIM addresses for both websites and e-mail addresses. It can be used as .KIM or .kim.
Afilias is also the creator of the “.info” domain. (end)
For more information about .kim prior to launch, visit kim.afilias.info.