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Good news, Generation XYZ®. ICANN approved .xyz’s initial evaluation as one of the latest new top level domain extensions on Friday, August 9th. You can read the full press release here. What does that mean? In short, it means we are right on track to launch .xyz next year. Don’t worry, we’ve got more than a few tricks up our sleeve to keep you busy until then!

Team XYZ has been working behind the scenes lately on some fun new surprises for our fans. That’s why we’re happy to announce that users can now watch .xyz on their favorite registrar’s website and be the first to know when their domains of choice will be available. Explore the full list by heading over to xyz.com/registrars. On most of the registrar site, such as GoDaddy.com, you can find .xyz in the “generic” category or by doing an extension search.

Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter and Facebook for more updates. You can also learn more about our other exciting new project, .College, here.

In an interview with BBC News about the acquisition of new, generic Top Level Domains (more widely known as Domain Extensions), CentralNic CEO Ben Crawford name-dropped our very own .xyz! While explaining ICANN’s Big Reveal and the domain extension application process, the UK-based mogul highlighted .xyz as one of the leading trailblazers in the new extension space.

To find out how else we’re staying at the top of our game, take a peek at the full video.

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2. Market Demand

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Prior to our domain extension application for .xyz we received interest from visitors who wanted to register .xyz.com subdomains and pay for premium @xyz.com email addresses. The market clearly demanded a new generic top level domain and .xyz was it.

3. The ICANN Application

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.xyz quickly became a reality. Daniel finished the ICANN application and submitted it for approval. ICANN issued .xyz a prioritization of #1458 and expect our application approval by August 2013. Given our experience launching another domain extension, .xyz will be ready for registrations immediately after delegation in 2014.

4. The Brand

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If you’re reading this, the value of .xyz is evident: users are engaged by it. .xyz’s development and design teams are working hard to further develop an already compelling brand to the point where you won’t be able to go one day without hearing X-Y-Z.. We’re committed to giving registrars the tools they need to successfully carry .xyz.

5. Delegation

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Once upon a time, .com was delegated as a top level domain specifically for commercial entities. This became the main extension for domain names, synonymous with the internet itself. We aim to bring diversity to the internet by offering the first truly generic domain extension. Anyone can use .xyz––from hobbyists to businesses, individuals to non-profits. .xyz is an equal opportunity domain extension.