.google
IntroducedSeptember 4, 2014; 9 years ago (2014-09-04)
RegistryAlphabet Inc.
SponsorCharleston Road Registry Inc.
Intended useGoogle's products
Registration restrictions.google domains can only be registered by Alphabet's employees
DNSSECYes
Registry websitewww.registry.google

.google is a brand top-level domain (TLD) used in the Domain Name System (DNS) of the Internet. Created in 2014, it is operated by Alphabet Inc., Google's parent company.[1] It is notable as one of the first gTLDs associated with a specific brand.[1] The company's first usage of the TLD was with com.google, an April Fools' Day joke website that hosted a horizontally mirrored version of Google Search.[2] The domain currently hosts multiple Alphabet Inc. products and services, and plans exist to move other Alphabet properties to .google as well.[3]

Google also owns a number of other top-level domains, including .goog[4] (for sites such as partneradvantage.goog and pki.goog), .gmail[5] (a Brand TLD relating to its Gmail service), .gle[6] (for shortened URLs such as goo.gle and forms.gle), .chrome[7] (for sites such as apps.chrome and the target server of hosted Chrome Apps such as calculator.apps.chrome) and .youtube[8] (for sites such as about.youtube and blog.youtube).

The .chrome, .gle, .gmail, .google, and .youtube TLDs have all been included in the HSTS preload-list; as a result, popular web browsers will only connect to a webpage in one of those domains using HTTPS.

References

  1. ^ a b McCarthy, Kieren (26 Nov 2014). "Google turns on shiny new .google top-level domain – but WHY?". The Register. Retrieved 30 September 2016.
  2. ^ Williams, Owen (1 April 2015). "Roundup: All Of Google's Jokes For April Fools' Day 2015". TNW.
  3. ^ "Google Registry FAQs". Google Registry. Retrieved 8 December 2017.
  4. ^ "Configuring DNS on the cloud.goog domain". Google Cloud. Retrieved 2020-04-05.
  5. ^ ".gmail Registry Agreement". Icann.org. Retrieved 2023-09-19.
  6. ^ ".gle Registry Agreement". Icann.org. Retrieved 2020-07-23.
  7. ^ ".chrome Registry Agreement". www.icann.org. Retrieved 2023-03-17.
  8. ^ ".youtube Registry Agreement". www.icann.org. Retrieved 2022-01-26.