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How would one go about creating a website using the ".lol" domain? Is it even possible? And if not, why not?

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Do you have a spare $100,000 lying around? –  Yahel Apr 3 '11 at 0:50
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I actually do. How would I use the $100,000 to do that? –  Konstantinos Kousidis Apr 3 '11 at 0:53
    
high risk for getting ROI yet somewhat awesome and a number of possibilities. –  Garet Claborn May 16 '11 at 6:25
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As of the this year, it is possible for you to take control of your own top-level domain, through a new ICANN process. You can read about the ICANN guidelines for becoming a sponsor of a top level domain here:

http://www.icann.org/en/topics/new-gtlds/draft-rfp-24oct08-en.pdf

It requires ~$185,000 in application fees. Sort of the definition of a high barrier to entry.

This organization claims that they'll help you through the process. More info from Wired. This blog explains the technical aspects of the implementation.

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Wow - this seems like a stupid idea. I'm also very surprised I haven't heard of it before. Thanks for the links. –  thomasrutter Apr 3 '11 at 14:50
    
Also you can't just go creating any TLD. ".lol" might be OK since it's a common phrase but you won't be able to create ".coke" or ".mcdonalds". –  DisgruntledGoat Dec 22 '11 at 13:08
    
Humorous postscript: Google has applied for the .lol TLD mashable.com/2012/05/31/google-domain –  Yahel Jun 23 '12 at 18:40
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