As I said in the last post it is about five years since the first general registration of .cat domains. Surprisingly, five years later, the .cat is a unique domain as it is the only domain related to a language and to a culture.
In some days or weeks there will be 50,000 .cat domains registered.
The biggest city where Catalan is spoken is Barcelona. Some years ago we just had a newspaper written in Catalan called AVUI. Later we had AVUI and EL PERIÓDICO. This last newspaper has two editions, one in Catalan an another in Castilian. Some months ago a new newspaper was born: ARA. And in some weeks a very old newspaper called LA VANGUARDIA will have also a Catalan edition. So, in about a decade we have changed from just one newspaper in Catalan to four newspapers in Catalan.
You may wonder how the Catalan sounds. I leave you with a song in Catalan so you get an idea:
Be aware that the subtitles of this videoclip are in Castilian. But the song is sung in Catalan by a Balearic Islander called Maria del Mar Bonet.
Famous Catalan people that you may have heard of are SALVADOR DALÍ, ANTONÍ GAUDÍ, JOAN MIRÓ, PAU CASALS, MONTSERRAT CABALLÉ, FERRAN ADRIÀ, JOSEP GUARDIOLA.
.CAT domains must be related to the Catalan culture or language. Most domains afford this requirement by just having the content written in Catalan (at least). But you could have a .cat written in any language with the condition it is related to the Catalan culture or the Catalan language. So, that to have a Catalan domain is easier than it may seem.
As you may have realised THE.CAT is just one more of the .cat domains. I just choose such a domain name because I like to write in Catalan, I live in Catalonia and I love to have anem who can be funny almost everywhere around the planet. For me the English language (THE.CAT was chosen by me because of its English pun) is a lovely language and I do not consider it as a foreign language. After all, English and Catalan share most of the letters! German, French, Italian, Portuguese, etc are also so closed. Even the Russian language, although it uses other letters, is also a bit closed in comparison with the Arab or the Chinses language. I say that because I have the feeling that anyone in Europe should be happy with the .cat domain. The .cat domain is just a reflection of the language diversity we have in this part of the world. So, as a European I am very proud of THE.CAT. Because it is related to two European languages. It is a truly European name who pays tribute to an old Egyptian God: THE CAT!
I do not know what is going to happen with new tld domains. I rmeember a time when domains for cities were a possibility. But now everything seems so frozen. I just know that soon we will have the .xxx domain.