The first few hours of general availability had about 19,000 new gTLD domain name registrations but that trend didn’t continue in the next 24 hours. Despite Europe and Asia getting into action, the New gTLD registrations slowed down with just 5600 domains registered in the next day.
The real (no EAP) general availability started on Wednesday for 7 new gTLDs offered by Donuts.co: .holdings, .ventures, .singles, .plumbing, .bike, .guru, .clothing. General availability started at 16.00 GMT, a time when most of the European companies were closing and it was night in Asia.
It appears that either most registrations were done by advanced pre-registrations or that the US (with Go Daddy featuring .guru on it’s homepage) is more active in new gTLDs or that Europe and Asia did their registrations at 16.00 GMT. Or all of the above apply.
Here are the results:
(Registrations on the day before general availability -> Registrations after a few (about 9) hours of general availability -> Registrations on the next day (9+24 hours))
2890 -> 12435 -> 14950
1016 -> 2866 -> 3695
328 -> 975 -> 1290
387 -> 1685 -> 1990
340 -> 2083 -> 2587
232 -> 1099 -> 1345
483 -> 3751 -> 4695
5676 -> 24894 -> 30552
(I got the data from the zone files of the 7 new gTLDs. The numbers are not exact or final and include the last few hours before general availability (the Early Access Program (EAP) pricing) where domains were sold for about $175. Also domain names without nameservers don’t get listed in zone files. I maybe off a couple of domains since I include nic.newgtld, donuts.newgtld etc. that are owned by the registry.)