Verisign released their quarterly Domain Name Industry Brief for the 3rd quarter of 2012 this week.
Q3 ended with just over 246 million registered domain names (across all TLDs). In total, 5.7 million domains were added, a 2.4 percent increase in total registrations representing the seventh consecutive quarter of more than 2 percent growth.
Clearly, social and apps aren’t taking away from the domain name industry as dramatically as some pundits suggested. Year-over-year growth increased 12 percent with 26.4 million names added over the previous 12 months.
The .com extension remains, far and away, the most popular extension according to results included in the recent Verisign report. As of the end of September 2012, there were e 105 million .com domains and 14.9 million .net names.
It’s not all good news for the domain name industry however. The .com and .net renewal rate for 2012’s third quarter was down slightly to to 72.5% after a 72.9% rate in the second quarter. There was also a 1.1 percent drop in new .com ad /net registrations.
Another interesting domain name related news items comes from WIPO – the World Intellectual Property Organization – which received a record number of UDRP complaints in 2012. WIPO reported 2,879 cases were filed in 2012, compared to 2, 764 in 2012.