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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
    Commented Apr 3, 2011 at 0:50
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    I actually do. How would I use the $100,000 to do that? Commented Apr 3, 2011 at 0:53
  • high risk for getting ROI yet somewhat awesome and a number of possibilities. Commented May 16, 2011 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. Commented Apr 3, 2011 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". Commented Dec 22, 2011 at 13:08
  • Humorous postscript: Google has applied for the .lol TLD mashable.com/2012/05/31/google-domain
    – Yahel
    Commented Jun 23, 2012 at 18:40

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